From July 31-August 2, educators from over 60 school districts, private schools, colleges, and universities participated in the annual Holocaust and Human Rights Educator Conference presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum. This year’s attendees included Cindy Turner from Rogers Middle School.
Conference attendees immersed themselves in topics on human rights through interactive workshops, one-on-one dialogue with Holocaust survivors, and presentations from leading voices in the field. Speakers from several groups spoke on diverse issues including Becoming No Place for Hate, The Surprising History of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement, America’s Hidden Slavery, Refugees 101, Choctaw Nation: An American Indian History of Rights, and many more issues of relevance.
Conference keynote speaker, Alexandra Zapruder, is the author and editor of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which informed the 2005 MTV documentary film I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Teenagers Who Lived During the Holocaust. The film received two Emmy nominations.
Education is at the core of the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s mission. The museum teachs the history of the Holocaust and advanced human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. The Museum sees more than 35,000 school student visitors each year and provides training and materials for educators including workshops and gratis curriculum trunks.