Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

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Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

In today’s global climate, the urgency of sustaining democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence is more pressing than ever. Studying the Holocaust and human behavior allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history while fostering their skills in ethical and moral  reasoning, critical analysis, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical habits of mind for sustaining democracy.

This blended seminar will feature the fully revised edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and the newly revised teacher guide to Elie Wiesel’s Night. In this seminar you will:

  1. Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias

  2. Increase your ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis

  3. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make

  4. Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives

  5. Incorporate literature and literature-based exploration of key themes through an examination of Elie Wiesel’s Night and accompanying resources.

  6. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate texts, write and think critically, as well as discussing controversial issues respectfully

  7. Receive a free copy of Holocaust and Human Behavior and Teaching Night.


Seminar Structure

This seminar combines both online and face-to-face professional learning experiences. Participants begin their seminar work online in an interactive course. They then meet for three days to continue the learning experience in a face-to-face environment. The flexibility of this hybrid format is especially well-suited for educators who would like to engage in professional learning but have demanding schedules!


After this seminar you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network

  • Be prepared to integrate a Facing History unit in your courses

  • Be able to independently apply Facing History’s sequence of study to your own curriculum planning

  • Be able to directly access a rich slate of classroom-ready resources, including downloadable units and lesson plans, study guides, and other educational multimedia

  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

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350 S. Bixel St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
7.17.18 - 7.19.18
8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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