Looking Beyond the Single Story in Holocaust and Social Justice Education
This seminar, sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), takes its core focus from the TED Talk by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie, entitled The Danger of a Single Story, which addresses her experiences as an educated African woman in a world of prejudice and ignorance. Through speaker presentations, field trips, a visit with a Holocaust survivor, and other interactive experiences, educators will engage with topics of Holocaust education that are not well-represented in the traditional Holocaust curriculum. The seminar will also provide participants with the tools needed to broaden their approach to teaching about the Holocaust and other issues of social injustice. The seminar application process is open to all middle school, high school, and college level educators, as well as those in the final year of preparation for a teaching career. There is no cost for the seminar and most meals are covered. Low-cost housing is available through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Donna Tarney currently teaches World History and US History and Government at Charlotte Catholic High School (CCHS) 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 Memorial Library New York City Summer Seminar in 2014.
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 Memorial Library’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 will appear in the Fall 2017 issue of the UNCC Writing Program Journal.