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“There is no Future without Memory; Exploring the Holocaust and Social Justice”

Sunday evening, June 8th – Friday morning, June 13th

The purpose of the Seminar is to provide opportunities for educators in grades 6 – 12 to acquire the tools they need to adequately and thoroughly teach the lessons of the Holocaust to the next generation. We will introduce our participants to the local connections between Nebraska and the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and genocides. Through a variety of media, we have planned a five-day seminar that will begin in O’Neill, Nebraska and culminate in Lincoln. Holocaust survivor, camp liberator, synagogue tour and other speakers will  help us to  instruct, inspire and motivate teachers to return to their classrooms armed with resources and knowledge.

The free seminar is limited to 20 participants, lodging and materials will be provided to qualifying teachers. Arrangements may be made for UNL graduate credit. Early application is suggested.

Planned Seminar Schedule

Sunday (evening); O’Neill, Nebraska
What matters to us?  Placed-based examination of local social justice, Holocaust, and genocide issues Valuing our educators and what we bring to the table

Monday 9:00 – 4:00; O’Neill, Nebraska
Exploring age/grade appropriate curriculum, materials and other content variables Sharing social justice issues and concerns on our individual, local level Using place-based education to explore our community concerns

Tuesday morning O’Neill, Nebraska; afternoon/evening Lincoln, Nebraska
Honoring the Individual;  History of the Holocaust Delving into the context and history of the Holocaust Developing access to multiple resources and Jewish history and heritage Expanding cross curricular approaches to Holocaust studies

Wednesday 9:00 – 4:00 Lincoln, Nebraska
Exploring the Holocaust and Social Justice through inquiry-based lenses; Post 1945 to present genocides Connecting and recognizing patterns in genocide development Investigating fresh approaches and practices in Holocaust and Social Justice curriculum and instruction Searching for moments of resilience in Social Justice/Holocaust participants and educators

Thursday  9:00 – 4:00 Lincoln, Nebraska
Holocaust Educators Network — Partnerships, Relationships, Networks; Teaching methods and the pedagogy of teaching trauma Realizing our ability to translate and manage the enormity of what we have learned Sharing lessons or best practices for successfully processing materials Creating a local support network of Holocaust educators

Friday – 9:00-12:00pm Lincoln, Nebraska
The Sharing of Story;  Action plans developed and shared Discovering what matters to us in the classroom and community Processing what we know for use in the classroom Cultivating ideas through peer collaboration to be realized in our work

Focus: We are left to tell; it is our responsibility to explore and understand what happens when individuals, organizations and governments fail to take a stand against injustice. The reality that was the Holocaust must be disseminated for the next generation so that they may learn from the mistakes of those who came before.


**Deadline: May 1, 2014, notification by May 21, 2014. Apply by email to the facilitators listed below.
Include: your name, teaching position and school, and specify your preferred contact information.

  • Submit a 1-2 page narrative; describe how your teaching has included Social Justice, and/or specifically the Holocaust, or how you hope to explore these topics in your classroom
  • Submit a 1-2 page narrative; describe how your teaching has included Social Justice, and/or specifically the Holocaust, or how you hope to explore these topics in your classroom
  • Describe your background in Holocaust studies, your interest and education in the area
  • Share your concerns and questions about teaching the Holocaust/Social Justice in your particular classroom or community.

**As this free professional development seminar fills quickly, early application is recommended.


Tom Seib,  M.A.  40 years in education; 13 years teaching social justice and the Holocaust. Nebraska Writing Project Administrator of the Year-2005,  Social Studies Department Chair, Institute for Holocaust Education-Nebraska Consortium Member, Nebraska North Central Council State Representative.

Katrina Gotschall, M.Ed. 10 years of teaching experience.  5 years of teaching the Holocaust. Nebraska Writing Project, Nebraska Writing Project Advisory Board, Holocaust Educators Network, Holocaust Memorial Library Summer Seminar, Holocaust Memorial Library Nebraska Satellite Seminar, Echoes and Reflections Training.

Funding, training and continued professional development provided through the Memorial Library; New York City

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