Summer Seminar 2017

Held at the Michael Klahr Center, 

University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta

Registration is Now Open!

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine is pleased to present our Summer Seminar programs during the summer of 2017. Three programs are for teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, and life-long learners.

New this year! A Summer Seminar for rising 8th through 12th graders.

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 11th and 12th, 2017

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Immigrant Experience in Maine

Inspired by the popularity of HHRC’s 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.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 19th and 20th, 2017

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

A partnership between the HHRC and Facing History and Ourselves.

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:

  1. Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
  1. 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
  2. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  3. Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
  4. 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 Holocaust and Human Behavior.

Wednesday and Thursday, August 2nd and 3rd, 2017

Democracy is Noisy: Civil Discourse in Maine and America

Our newest summer seminar program is being created in partnership with Maine’s new First Amendment Museum. This exciting two day program will feature guest speakers, and resources from Teaching Tolerance, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, the Newseum, and more. At the center will be a conversation of the methods of civil discourse that can be incorporated into schools.

Register for Democracy is Noisy: Civil Discourse in Maine and America

Program fees are $100 per seminar. Tuition includes light snacks and lunch. There are a limited number of stipends available for those traveling 80 miles or further from Augusta.

Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

For more information, contact Executive Director Liz Helitzer at (207) 621-3532 or