2018 Summer Seminars


2018 Summer Seminars

Join us for our annual series of two-day seminars for teachers.

This summer we’ll offer three excellent opportunities for teachers to dig deeper into specific areas of Holocaust and human rights studies, and to share ideas with colleagues.

All three programs will be held at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine

Teaching the Malaga Island Story in the Classroom
Wednesday and Thursday, July 11th and 12th
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
Cost: $100, includes light breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day; and 12 contact hours for recertification.

The tragic story of Malaga Island is one of the darker chapters of Maine’s history. Historians and descendants of the family will share parts of the history. This program will also incorporate a Structured Academic Controversy about Malaga Island as a way to incorporate discussions about challenging issues into the classroom.

The HHRC is also planning a temporary exhibit about Malaga featuring some artifacts from the collection of the Maine State Museum, and some new work created by artists in honor of the story.

Sign up for Malaga Island Summer Seminar

Holocaust and Human Behavior seminar in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
Wednesday and Thursday, July 25th and 26th
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
Cost: $150, includes the latest HHB book from Facing History, light breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day

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 two-day workshop—featuring the fully revised, digital 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
• Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
• Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
• Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities. Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.

Register for the Holocaust and Human Behavior Seminar

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Immigrant Experience in Maine
Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
Cost: $100, includes light breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day

Inspired by the popularity of HHRC’s 2016 exhibit and the educational outreach program of the same name, this program will focus on specific aspects of Maine’s history of immigration, and provide firsthand accounts of immigration today. This is a program of stories and resources to provide tools that can be incorporated to classrooms.

This is a workshop that includes many guest speakers of different nationalities and heritages. It is a reflection of the diversity of Maine in the past and present.

Register for the Yearning to Breathe Free Seminar

The HHRC has arranged for room discounts at some local hotels, and modest scholarships are available for those teachers who are traveling more than 75 miles to attend a seminar. Contact program director David Greenham for more information.