Defying the Single Story: Resistance, Holocaust, and Human Rights in the Classroom

Date: July 12-18, 2020
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

This seminar brings together teachers from across the Carolinas who are looking to deepen their practice of teaching the Holocaust and and human rights. Our overarching theme is resistance, and we investigate this idea in a number of ways. We will focus on acts of resistance through the lenses of Holocaust partisans and resisters, Native Peoples and Civil Rights activists. Our week features speaker presentations, field trips, and visits from scholars designed to allow educators to engage more deeply with these challenging topics. Participants will leave with new ways of thinking and teaching about the Holocaust, indigenous peoples, and human rights. The seminar is open to educators of all levels—from mid-elementary grades through college. There is no cost for the seminar, most meals are provided, and low-cost housing is available at Queens University of Charlotte.


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Have questions about this program? Email Donna Tarney


  • Donna Tarney

    Donna Tarney currently teaches World History and US Politics and Government at  The Stan Greenspon Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She integrates lessons about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust into all her courses and advises the school’s Diversity Club. Prior to teaching history, she chaired CCHS’ Theology Department. Donna holds a master’s degree in Religious Education from Loyola University in New Orleans and has taught at the high school level for 10 years. She has participated in the Bearing Witness and Bearing Witness Advanced programs sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, and the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education Summer Institute. She presented a session on the Catholic Church and anti-Semitism at both the 2015 NCEA Conference in Tampa, Florida and the Bearing Witness Program in Washington, DC. Donna attended the TOLI New York City Summer Seminar in 2014.

  • Tonya Wertz-Orbaugh

    Tonya Wertz-Orbaugh has taught writing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) since 2005, where she invites her students to inquire and write about the Holocaust. She holds a master’s in English from UNCC and has completed doctoral work in 19th Century British Literature at the University of South Carolina, where she won a teaching award. Tonya participated in TOLI’s New York City Summer Seminar in 2014. A teacher-consultant for the National Writing Project (NWP), she has presented on social justice issues and Holocaust writing genres at a National Writing Project conference at UNCC. Tonya is currently at work on a young adult novel about the Kindertransport. An essay about how she came to write about the Holocaust was published in the fall issue of the UNCC Writing Program Journal.


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