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Dear Educators,

We are delighted to invite you to participate in our introduction to Facing History and Ourselves' summer seminar, Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Settings.

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.

In this five-day, seminar—featuring the fully revised, printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—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
  • Explore interdisciplinary collaboration and how Jewish sources can enhance the conversation around historic and contemporary case studies.

Please consider registering for one of our three offerings this summer:

July 16-20, 2017 

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior in New England

July 23-27, 2017 

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior in Southern Florida

August 7-11, 2017 

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior in New York

Limited scholarships are available. Please reach out to inquire. I can be reached at Shira_Deener@facinghistory.org or 617-735-1608. Please share this information with other teachers you know who might be interested in joining us.


Shira Deener
Director, Jewish Education Program
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History & Ourselves, New England
769 Centre Street Suite 146 
Boston, MA 02130
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