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

Date: 2023 Dates TBD
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina


Applications for the 2022 North Carolina Satellite Seminar are now closed.

Applications for the 2023 seminar will open in Winter 2022.


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 seminar 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.

A valid credit card is required for a good faith deposit of $100. Your credit card will only be charged if you cancel less than 2 weeks before the seminar begins or withdraw without notice.

Click here to view our 2022 flyer.

Thank you to the Blumenthal Foundation for its support of our 2022 North Carolina Seminar.


Please check this page regularly for updates on the 2023 seminar. 


  • Donna Tarney

    Donna Tarney is the Education Coordinator at The Stan Greenspon Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She works with local school districts and individual schools to provide professional development for teachers and engaging in-school programs for students. ALl of her work centers on using lessons from the Holocaust to teach about human rights issues.  Prior to that, she taught at Charlotte Catholic High School for 14 years. During her time there she taught History, Government, and a Holocaust course. She also chaired CCHS’ Theology Department. Donna holds a master’s degree in Religious Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. 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.

  • 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.

    He co-edited Becoming a Holocaust Educator: Purposeful Pedagogy through Inquiry with Jennifer Lemberg, TOLI’s Associate Director.

    Sandy was an Olga Lengyel Institute Fellow in 2014 and a leadership fellow in 2016. He attended the 2014 Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators summer fellows program at the USHMM. Sandy also serves as the Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University.


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