Crossing Lines: Standing Up for Human Rights

Date: July 8-29, 2021
Location: California

Our 3-week online seminar will provide educators (grades 4 – university, across disciplines) with  the content background to create safe spaces for exploring human rights issues, such as bullying,  exclusion, state- sanctioned forced removal, and genocide. Participants will examine the history of the Holocaust, Japanese  American incarceration, the “Secret War in Laos,” and the impact of propaganda. The seminar will focus on the power of upstanders to shape the future of their communities and world. Virtual meeting times will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 p.m.–3:30 p.m. PST. An introductory session will be held on July 8th. This TOLI seminar is offered at no cost to educators.

  • Join like-minded colleagues to explore strategies for promoting resilience and social justice utilizing powerful primary and secondary sources.
  • Work with Holocaust survivors, a 2nd Generation panel, Secret War witnesses, & Japanese American internees.
  • Review strategies and resources for introducing tough topics to young students.


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A valid credit card is required for a good faith deposit of $50. Your credit card will only be charged if you cancel less than 2 weeks before the seminar begins or withdraw without notice.

Please contact our Satellite Seminar coordinator, Wendy Zagray Warren, at for more information.




  • Gail Desler

    Gail Desler is a retired technology specialist who worked for the Elk Grove School District (California). Using technology to help students cross the line from bystander to upstander is central to her workshops. Her passion for teaching for social justice has been nurtured by the Area 3 Writing Project, the National Writing Project, and the Olga Lengyel Institute

  • Pam Bodnar

    Pam Bodnar is a retired middle school counselor at Marsh Jr. High in Chico California. She is a passionate advocate of social justice and cultural awareness. Pam is dedicated to training student peer mediators as peace ambassadors through Holocaust Education programs and international travel experiences.


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)