Shaping Identities: The Influence of Narratives on our Understanding of the Holocaust and Social Justice
Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), Shaping Identities: The Influence of Narrative in Understanding the Holocaust and Social Justice will explore the importance of historical and personal storytelling and their ability to influence and contextualize the study of the Holocaust and social justice. Participants will analyze master narratives while also examining the use of counter narratives in the classroom, with the goal of providing their classes with a better understanding of the Holocaust, other genocides, and the impact these events have on history. This process will also give teachers the tools to place relevant literature into a broader, more relatable context for their students. In addition, the seminar will look at how teachers and students identify and/or affiliate, and the influence historical context and master narratives have on their self-identities and group affiliations, as well as their personal actions and interactions with others.
Enithie Hunter, a teacher for 15 years, became a Holocaust and social justice educator after attending the Memorial Library New York City Summer Seminar in 2011. She currently teaches at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and is completing her doctorate in Teacher Education and Teacher Development at Montclair State University. Her research focuses on culturally responsive teaching and critical race theory.
Stacy Schiller has been a public school teacher for 16 years and became a Holocaust and social justice educator after attending the Memorial Library New York City Summer Seminar in 2006. She has served as the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University and currently teaches courses on United States history, sociology, and the Holocaust at the high school level, incorporating her social justice education background into her teaching.