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Professional Learning

The Fragility and Possibilities of Democracy: Lessons from History

What lessons does history offer on what’s needed to strengthen and sustain democracy today? Join Facing History and Ourselves and the New-York Historical Society in person for an exploration of how individuals and institutions work to maintain and expand access to civil rights and democratic freedoms. Among the historical moments we will explore are the collapse of the Weimar Republic in Germany, and the Reconstruction Era in the United States.

November 08, 2022 | 8:30 am to 3:00 pm EST

New York, NY

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Cost:  $35

About this event:

Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.

Instructor-Led

This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for CTLE (New York).

Participants receive 5.5 CTLE hours for attending this event.

As many of us exercise our voting rights on election day, it’s important to reflect on moments in history where we see both the strength and fragility of democracy. Join Facing History and Ourselves and the New-York Historical Society for an exploration of how individuals and institutions work to maintain and expand access to civil rights and democratic freedoms. Among the historical moments we will explore are the collapse of the Weimar Republic in Germany, and the Reconstruction Era in the United States. 

We will examine how nations expand their commitment to democratic rights in the aftermath of war and economic dislocation, and how the backlash from those filled with resentment and fear of ”the other'' derailed democracy and led to the rise of Facism in Europe and the Jim Crow Era in the United States. What lessons can we learn from history to inform us on what’s needed to strengthen and sustain democracy today?

Participants receive 5.5 CTLE hours.

This event will be hosted at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024).

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