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Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center Offers Events For Educators, Open to Public

3/9/12

West Windsor, NJ:  Mercer County Community College's Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center will host two upcoming events that are open to the public, “Echoes and Reflections” on Wednesday, March 28, and “War Horse” on Wednesday, April 4.  Both events will be held at 4:30 p.m. on the West Windsor Campus.

“Echoes and Reflections” is open to teachers and academic supervisors for grades 6-12.  A powerful 21st century resource, it was created by ADL to connect Holocaust education to current curriculum and academic standards using interactive web-based technology.  Participants will receive an underwritten copy of this award-winning curriculum, developed by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and Yad Vashem.  The event is free and can count towards three professional development credits.  Space is limited for this event, and those interested in attending need to register via email at mcholgen@gmail.com

On Wednesday, April 4, a discussion entitled, “War Horse: How One Novel (or play, or movie) Can Teach Peace” will be held at the Resource Center.  The discussion stems from the 2011 English war epic motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg, which was based on a children's novel by British author Michael Morpurgo.  Both the novel and film detail the remarkable bond between a man named Albert and his loyal horse, Joey.  The story follows Joey on an incredible journey across the English countryside after the pair are forcibly separated during World War I.

“War Horse” is a simple story that brings many conflicting ideas to the table, including love and hate, war and peace, tolerance, and the importance of communicating life values.  A discussion of this story and how it can be adapted to classroom lessons will be led by Elizabeth DeGiorgio, MCCC education professor and Holocaust Center co-director, along with Lisa O’Neill, Mercer County guidance counselor and advisory commission member for the Center.  Two professional development hours are available for educators who attend.

Both events are free of charge, and refreshments will be provided.  The Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center is located on Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, on the second floor of the Library building. For more information on this and other events, visit www.mccc.edu/holocaust or email mcholgen@gmail.com.

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