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Democracy at Risk: Holocaust & Human Behavior

In this workshop, participants will study the fragility of democracy in Weimar Germany, the ensuing Holocaust, and the legacies of this history through an in-depth case study. The first day of this event will be hosted in person.

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Chicago, IL & Virtual

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About this event:


Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.

Instructor-Led & Self-Paced

This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff and also contains portions that are self-paced and delivered virtually. When you register, you will receive instructions for how access and participate in the event.

This event qualifies for ISBE (Illinois).

Up to 7 clock hours (CPDU's) for Illinois-certified educators will be offered for full participation.

History Social Studies
Antisemitism Human & Civil Rights Racism Resistance The Holocaust
Civic Education

Key Points

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

  2. 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

  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. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

In today's world questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resistant to violence are more relevant than ever and central to the work of Facing History and Ourselves. Workshop participants will study the fragility of democracy in Weimar Germany, the ensuing Holocaust, and the legacies of this history through an in-depth case study. By learning this history, educators will be equipped to teach units or courses that will require their students to wrestle with profound moral questions dependent on ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy.

Who should take this workshop: 

This workshop is open to Chicago Public Schools high school educators only; the corresponding unit is intended for implementation in World History courses. 


This is a hybrid workshop. It will take place over 2 days. Day one will include a full-day, in-person workshop. Day two will include a three hour synchronous workshop on Zoom. 

Lunch and printed resources will be provided. 

  • Day 1, February 7: In-person at CPS Garfield Park Office, 8:30-3:00
  • Day 2, February 8: Synchronous/live virtual workshop, 4pm - 7pm CT. This 3-hour live learning session will not be recorded and will take place on Zoom. 

Cost: Free. The registration fee and event fee for this online course have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.

Substitute coverage: Facing History will provide a substitute bucket number to cover the cost of subs for those who need it. 

The first day of this event will be hosted in-person at the CPS Garfield Park Office.
Address: 2651 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, Il 60612



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