Past Educator Workshops

Gender and Genocide: Uncovering Absent Narratives in Mass Violence and Human Rights Education

June 25-28, 2018
Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide, Institute for Global Studies, and the Human Rights Program
Though pervasive, there is little understanding and discussion on the topic of sexualized violence as an aspect of genocide and mass violence. From the Holocaust to the current Yazidi Genocide crisis, sexual violence towards women and the LGBTQ2 community is ever-present. In this workshop, experts introduced episodes of sexualized violence and provided access to resources and approaches for discussing these topics in the classroom. 37 practicing and pre-service educators from around the Twin Cities, country, and world participated.


Teaching about Genocide in Africa: Rwanda and Darfur 

June 20-23, 2016
Organized by the Institute for Global Studies, sponsored by the African Studies Initiative.
This institute took a comparative approach to the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and the 2003 Darfur conflict. During the seminar participants gained content knowledge about the origin and legal ramifications of the term "genocide", the politics behind labeling a conflict as such, and questions of guild, reconciliation, and responsibility. Each session included activities that could be used in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. By the end of the seminar, participants had a collection of materials for their classrooms including resources, teaching methods, and teaching units.

Educator Presentations: Lessons, Resouces, Experiences 

November 7, 2015
Six local educators presented teaching materials and techniques, including lesson planning and curriculum resources, on the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, the Dakota War, and the Holocaust.

Holocaust Education in a Global Context Teacher Workshop

June 15-18, 2015
The institute addressed the historical and sociological significance of the Holocaust in a comparative genocide framework (including Native American, Armenian, Cambodian, and Rwandan genocides). This workshop provided hands-on activities using survivor testimony, literature, art, and film designed to help educators create activities and lessons accessible to all learners that they can incorporate into their classrooms.

Educator Workshop to Commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

April 25, 2015
The workshop gave a historical overview of the beginning of World War I followed by breakout sessions on the wars in Africa and Asia as well as the Armenian genocide.

Educator Workshop to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

April 19, 2014
In this educator workshop, visiting scholar Samuel Totten discussed the origins, causes, and responses to genocide within the scope of human rights and international law. He gave an overview and summary of genocides perpetrated in Africa and beyond during the 1990s (the Nuba Mountains, Srebrenica, and Darfur) and examined in-depth the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Educator Workshop on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: History, Memory, and Pedagogy

November 9, 2013
This one-day professional development workshop was a follow-up to the Holocaust in European Memory Summer Institute that took place on July 8-11, 2013 at the University of Minnesota.

2013 Summer Institute for Secondary Educators: The Holocaust in European Memory

July 8-11, 2013
The workshop examined questions such as how the Nazi murder of European Jews became "The Holocaust"; how the story is conveyed through public memorials, school curricula, art, literature, and film.; how the Holocaust has been contextualized and rendered meaningful within the diversity of European nations and in the distant US; and what are its implications for teaching the Holocaust in the classroom.