Special Speakers/Events Announced for 2019 Seminars

Posted by Mary Hendra on May 17, 2019

Summer is a special time for teachers. Non-educators often think of it as a time to relax or not work, but I always think of it as something far different - it is a time to recharge, to connect with other educators, to be more fully immersed in our own learning. It becomes the foundation for the work we do the rest of the year.  At Facing History, we love this opportunity to create spaces for learning and community for teachers.  This summer, we have some new seminars and exciting guests.  Please join us and share this with any educators you know who are looking to reinvigorate themselves and their teaching this summer. Scholarships are still available.


Especially for Ethnic Studies teachers and English/Language Arts teachers:

Exploring Race in America through To Kill a Mockingbird 

8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird provides an opportunity for conversations about race, justice, bias, and systemic racism. Facing History’s study guide “Teaching Mockingbird” provides resources and strategies to allow this multidisciplinary exploration of Harper Lee’s novel, including first-person experiences from African American voices of the time. This seminar, co-facilitated with a current Ethnic Studies teacher, will build skills for facilitating conversations about race, examining bias, identifying and challenging the dominant narrative, connecting to current events, and elevating a greater range of voices inside and outside the classroom.

Special Guest:

  • Arianne Edmonds will share her great, great grandfather's experience fleeing the violence post Reconstruction and building an African American community in Los Angeles.

Confronting the Legacy of Genocide in the 20th Century 

8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

This seminar examines the dehumanization, violence, and threats to democracy which created the conditions for both the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, as well as the role of justice and judgment in their aftermath. Corresponding with the California State Framework for History and Social Science, this seminar highlights current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and Armenian genocide and integrates strategies for inquiry and literacy that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully. Participants will gain access to a curated set of resources to teach both genocides while building students’ empathy, understanding, and sense of agency. This seminar is intended for 10th grade World History teachers. Interdisciplinary 10th grade teams are also welcome to attend.  Thanks to a special grant, this seminar is FREE for LAUSD educators, who also will have the opportunity to get a free class set of both books used during the seminar.
Special guests:
  • Dr. Richard Hovannisian, Armenian Educational Foundation Professor of Modern Armenian History, Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust & Professor of Jewish Studies, American Jewish University
  • Rita Lurie and Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, authors of Bending Toward the Sun and Holocaust survivor
  • Dr. Steven Ross, author of Hitler in Los Angeles (for July seminars)

Identity, Citizenship, and Belonging: The United States and Migration 

8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

Explore questions of belonging and identity while considering the history and contemporary realities of immigration to and migration across the United States. Presented in partnership with Reimagining Migration. We will consider how the choices and actions of, and in response to, immigrants have shaped ideas about freedom and democracy and influenced what it means to be American. The seminar will use a central case study of Chinese Americans from the 1800s to today to look for resonance with other group experiences and to raise universal questions about the tensions between race, democracy, and citizenship.
Special experiences:
Get more information on these and all Los Angeles events here.

Topics: Professional Development

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