When Hate is in the Headlines: A Facing History and Ourselves Workshop

Sep 14, 2017 9:00 AM
Sep 14, 2017 2:00 PM

The Jewish Education Project, 520 Eight Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10018

The violence, hatred, and bigotry we see making headlines every day leaves us all with questions. What do we do when hate is on the street, in our classrooms, and part of our daily lives? How do we as educators process our own feelings so that we are better ready to handle the questions that our students raise in our settings? How do we, as Jews, deal with our fears while still standing up for what we believe in? How can we remain upstanders in the face of anti-Semitism, racism, and other forms of prejudice? Conversations that arise in response to the recent events in Charlottesville present teachable moments. These opportunities can help educators and their students share feelings and consider possible choices to be made in turbulent times.

Charlottesville Protest Photo

Participants in this seminar will:

  • Confront today’s real-life questions of identity and belonging as they relate to current events to help students do the same 
  • Create a safe space for processing their own feelings among peers and other educators
  • Engage with content and deepen critical thinking skills by drawing on newspaper articles, Judaic sources, and other Facing History materials
  • Examine ideas and positions constructively using contracts for how to dialogue respectfully with others
  • Prepare for difficult conversations with students to help them stretch their understanding and unpack their concerns

Who should attend?

This is designed for educators and youth professionals working with middle school and high school students, but we encourage all interested participants to join us.
Resources to continue the conversation will be provided. We will also be offering a follow-up webinar for those that want to continue the conversation at a mutually agreed upon date. 


Facing History and Ourselves

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