Holocaust and Social Justice Education: Finding Hope

Date: June 9-14, 2024
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

This seminar is currently in progress. Please check back for information on TOLI’s 2025 Louisiana seminar.

Offered in partnership with the New Orleans’ National World War II Museum, “Holocaust and Social Justice Education: Finding Hope” is a seminar for educators at all levels desiring to deepen their understanding of historic and contemporary antisemitism. Through this investigative seminar, attendees are challenged to think about ways to promote human rights and social justice in their classrooms. The inquiry-driven seminar models writing as a way to explore difficult topics with students. Drawing from the museum’s many resources, testimony from Holocaust survivors, field trips, and lessons modeled by experienced educators, we encourage critical thinking as we design curriculum and learn the best teaching practices for sharing the lessons of the Holocaust with young people today.

The seminar is being held at The National WWII Museum. Field trips include a visit to a local synagogue and The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.

Further Details:

  • Books, materials, and entrance fees are provided
  • Meals: Breakfasts and lunches are provided
  • Professional development credit: 40 at no cost

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Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Baton Rouge and The National WWII Museum for its generous support of our 2024 Louisiana Seminar.










  • Penny Kinchen

    Penny Kinchen is the English department chairman at Central Private School in Central, Louisiana. She has taught junior high English grammar, composition, and literature for 21 years. She began teaching Holocaust studies in 2013 in her literature class where she became immersed in expanding her knowledge about the Holocaust. In 2016, she attended the TOLI summer seminar in New York City which solidified her commitment to teaching about social justice using the lens of the Holocaust. Since then, she has attended the Holocaust Education Network Leadership Conference in 2017, a TOLI satellite seminar in Jackson, Mississippi in 2018, and the Belfer Conference for educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, in 2018. She is also a graduate of the National Writing Project at LSU in 2015.

  • Alexander "Sandy" Pope

    Alexander “Sandy” Pope is an associate professor of education at Salisbury University. He teaches courses in undergraduate social studies methods, graduate research methods, doctoral diversity education, and civic engagement. Sandy completed his master’s degree in History and in Curriculum & Instruction at Texas State San Marcos and his doctorate in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research investigates, among other things, how students and teachers are active in their communities. The role that social justice plays in student and teacher action forms the basis for most of his teaching and scholarship on Holocaust education.


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