What is the responsibility of the international community when mass murder and genocide occur? How do you move from recognizing a problem to taking action?
Students — exposed to news and video from around the world — struggle with these questions whether they articulate them or not.
This two-day workshop, facilitated by Mary Johnson, Senior Historian for Facing History and Ourselves, will explore three efforts to rebuild the world community after World War II and the Holocaust: the Nuremberg trials, the Convention for the Prevention of Genocide, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Our primary focus will be the latter and, in particular, the efforts of Eleanor Roosevelt who redefined the role of first lady as she established her own career in journalism and advocacy. Her role in creating the United Nations, along with her diplomatic experience and outspoken support for human rights, positioned her to play a pivotal role in creating the UDHR.
Workshop participants will learn interdisciplinary strategies and classroom activities to reinforce historical and literacy skills and explore human rights, memory, responsibility, judgment, and legacy. We will also tour Eleanor Roosevelt’s home.
After the workshop, participants may choose to join Facing History’s educator network with access to a wealth of resources, including downloadable lessons, study guides, and other online tools.
Get more details about how to register, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and more by visiting Teaching the Hudson Valley here.