A Complicated Legacy: Genocide and Mass Violence

A Complicated Legacy: Genocide and Mass Violence


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A Complicated Legacy: Genocide and Mass Violence

In the wake of mass violence, how might we better understand choices made by individuals and groups that led to atrocities? How do communities work to achieve both healing and justice?


This two-day workshop collaboration, between Facing History and Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, will explore questions like these and will provide a framework to understand aspects of group membership and our sense of responsibility towards others. Participants will examine case studies of both the Nanjing Massacre (1937-1938), and Rwandan Genocide (1994), considering choices made: by perpetrators, bystanders, and by  upstanders who resisted those injustices. After considering issues of justice and accountability in the wake of mass violence, we will consider our own roles in fostering inclusive, upstanding civic participation.

Through this workshop, you will:

  • Learn strategies for establishing respectful and safe learning environments for engaging with sensitive content
  • Explore topics such as identity and belonging, membership, stereotypes, and upstander behavior
  • Investigate primary sources and videos that will engage students intellectually and emotionally
  • Receive Facing History resources, including The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War
  • Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools

This workshop is recommended for 7th-12th grade social studies or humanities teachers.

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
United States
3.20.19 - 3.21.19
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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