Democracy at Risk: a Forum Exploring Lessons from the Holocaust

June 29, 2017
Democracy at Risk

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Democracy at Risk: a Forum Exploring Lessons from the Holocaust

In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. Holocaust and Human Behavior incorporates new scholarship, a broader range of perspectives, and a complex nuanced global view of the precursors, context, and legacy of this history.

Registration includes keynote and workshop session attendance, lunch, a journal, and entrance to the "teachers' lounge." Approximately one month prior to the event, you will be able to select specific sessions of your choice on a first-come, first-served basis. Those attending at least three workshop sessions during the day will receive a free hard copy of Holocaust and Human Behavior.


In this day-long forum—featuring Facing History teacher leaders sharing from their own classroom implementation—teachers will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
  • Increase their 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
  • Learn new ways of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  • Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

Participants will have the option to choose which sessions best complement their previous training with Facing History, hear keynote speakers, discuss pedagogy in the Facing History teacher lounge, get a free copy of Holocaust and Human Behavior, and participate in raffles for other Facing History resources.

See the sessions offered during the Forum here



Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
10 Chester Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90007
June 29, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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