Examining our Shared Humanity: Holocaust Education and Social Responsibility

Date: 2020 dates to be announced
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts

Examining Our Shared Humanity brings together teachers from across Massachusetts who are looking to deepen their practice of teaching the Holocaust, other genocides, and helping their students consider the role of social responsibility. Participants will take an inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary approach to their study of the Holocaust and more recent genocides. They will use writing as both a reflective practice and a vehicle for engaging with texts and film in order to understand how stories can inspire resistance, remembrance, and reflection on tragic historical events. As a learning community, teachers will collaborate to analyze and reflect on questions of morality, ethics, and social responsibility. In addition to teacher-facilitators, local scholars and authors who have used writing to explore and understand atrocities, their causes, and their impact will present to the group. Teachers will return to their classrooms with the tools they need to engage students in meaningful study of these difficult issues, and to help them develop critical thinking skills, deepen their writing, and consider their own responsibility and ways they might positively impact the world around them.


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Have questions about this program? Email ccrandall@longmeadow.k12.ma.us







TOLI thanks Mass Humanities for their generous sponsorship of  this seminar.






  • Cara Crandall

    Cara Crandall, an English Language Arts teacher in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, has been an educator for 25 years. She has taught about the Holocaust and social justice throughout her career, which includes her leadership work through the Holocaust Educators Network. She attended the Summer Seminar in New York City in 2013 and has co-led the seminar in Amherst since 2015. In March 2016, Cara participated in TOLI’s bi-national seminar on Holocaust education in Innsbruck, Austria. She received her EdD in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the spring of 2016. Cara recently published two articles that examine adolescent literacy practices and critical pedagogy.

  • Audrey J. Golden

    Audrey J. Golden is an Assistant Professor of English at Simmons University in Boston, MA. She is a scholar of postcolonial literature and international human rights law, and she teaches courses across 20th- and 21st-century global Anglophone fiction, drama, cinema, and poetry. She received a Ph.D. in English Language & Literature from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law where she served as Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review, and a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University. She has conducted archival research for her scholarly work on five different continents through internal and external grants, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the journals Law, Culture and the Humanities, Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, College LiteratureCommonwealth Essays and Studies, and Wake Forest Law Review, as well as in the edited collections The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights and The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature.


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