Summer Seminar 2016


Summer Seminar 2016

 New this year! Three two-day programs! Three different topics!

Michael Klahr Center

University of Maine at Augusta

Registration is Now Open!

For many years the HHRC has been hosting a week-long summer seminar for educators and life-long learners. Over the years we’ve heard from many that the program is exciting, but devoting a full week in the summer is a challenge. We’ve heard you! This year, we are holding three two-day summer seminars – each providing 12 contact hours for educators – during July and August.

Program fees are $100 for Created Equal and Yearning to Breathe Free, and $125 for Holocaust and Human Behavior (or $100 without the course book.)

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

Join us for one, or all three!

July 11th and 12th, 2016

Created Equal: Civil Rights in Maine and America

 Featuring several leaders in all areas of Maine Civil Rights, as well as films and supporting materials from the Created Equal Program of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the humanities, this program looks at ways in which civil rights battles have been, and continue to be, fought in Maine.

The two day program will include not only the civil rights of race, but also of gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and nationality. Guest will include those in our state who are on the front lines of the discussions about our civil rights at Mainers.

July 27th and 28th, 2016

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Immigrant Experience in Maine

Inspired by the HHRC’s recent exhibit of the same name, this program will focus on Maine’s history of immigration. Firsthand stories of the past and present of immigration will set the tone for this discussion about teaching Maine history through the eyes of immigrants.

This two-day program will feature many guests, and links to resources throughout the state.

August 9th and 10th, 2016

Holocaust and Human Behavior: For Middle and High School Educators

A partnership between the HHRC and Facing History and Ourselves. 

How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial, as well as by caring, compassion, and responsibility? Using Facing History’s unique sequence of study, teachers will explore the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy and ultimately the murder of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. This two-day workshop investigates the complexities of human behavior, judgment, memory, and how individuals can make a difference in the world today.

Facing History and Ourselves is a worldwide organization that enables transformative dialogue, fosters empathy and reflection, and has been shown to improve students’ academic performance. Through rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust and other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in the Facing History class learn to choose knowledge over misinformation, compassion over prejudice or bullying, and participation over indifference or resignation. It’s active – rather than passive – learning.

Thursday night barbecue
A delicious Thursday night barbecue from the 2014 Summer Seminar

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