Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project

"The Education Project”


Who We Are

The MSU Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project of the College of Education and Human Services offers teaching resources and educational programs dedicated to eradicating racism and prejudice in order to create a healthier, better educated, and more just society.

This project brings together MSU’s outstanding faculty, renowned teacher education program, and the cutting edge technology of the ADP Center to offer antiracist teacher training and professional development.

Our goal is to connect the local history, politics, and culture of New Jersey to global human rights education including historical subjects like the Holocaust and contemporary instances of injustice based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.

The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is a collaborative endeavor between Montclair State University and the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

The Education Project

Human Rights Education Internship | Upcoming Programs and Events | Public School Outreach and Classroom Visits | Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Resources for Teachers

Human Rights Education Internship

The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is pleased to announce an undergraduate student internship in human rights education. This is a competitive internship—all applicants must apply and be accepted into the internship, and accepted interns will register for a 3-credit course in the Department of Educational Foundations.

Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside human rights education professionals, conduct a research project on a topic of their choice, and develop and deliver a human rights education lesson in a local public school.

Human Rights Education Interns will:


  • Select a human rights topic of his or her choice. For example: the Holocaust, black civil rights, Native American culture, women’s history, LGBTQ equality, anti-Semitism, human trafficking, Syrian refugees, Puerto Rican civil rights, Mexican American history, Caribbean arts and culture, etc.….
  • Conduct academic research on this topic.
  • Create an original lesson plan for a secondary school audience.
  • Visit a local public school and teach the lesson plan.
  • Revise the lesson plan for publication.
  • Design and assemble a teaching kit to be presented to a local public school containing teaching materials like books and films related to each intern’s area of expertise (funding provided by the Axelrod Family Award).
  • Assist with professional antiracist educational programming, including attending special events such as conferences and films at MSU.
  • Get hands on experience designing and implementing human rights education. 


To apply for the MSU Human Rights Education Internship:


  • Send a formal letter of application explaining your interest in human rights education and detailing the topic you would like to study.
  • College transcript/s.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis between now and December 14, 2016. Applying early is recommended.
  • Interns must enroll in EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education in Spring 2017.


For further information or to apply to the human rights education internship, please contact Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project, at burkholderz@mail.montclair.edu.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Echoes & Reflection Workshop for Student Teachers
Friday, October 28, 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

MSU Workshop on Holocaust Education, "Echoes and Reflections," designed especially for future teachers.

MSU Workshop on Holocaust Education, “Echoes and Reflections,” designed especially for future teachers.

Open to all MSU students in undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs as well as their partner teachers in local public schools.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor and get hands on training in how to design effective lessons for K-12 classrooms.

Registration is required and space is extremely limited. Students must be accepted into a teacher education program at MSU or have approval to register from Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project.

To register: http://education.state.nj.us/events

Film Screening and Panel Discussion “The One that Got Away”
Wednesday, November 2nd

Dan Gill has taught at Montclair’s Glenfield Middle School for years, but one student still haunts him. Tourrie Moses was a gifted student, always engaged in his work and eager to learn. But as the years went by, Moses became less and less interested in school and spent more time on the streets, until a tragic decision changed his life forever. In THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, director John Block follows Mr. Gill as he reconnects with Moses, illuminating the relationship between the two men and examining the circumstances that lead to and the aftermath of Moses’ fateful actions.

Join MSU faculty, filmmaker Steve McCarhty, and a panel of guests for a fascinating discussion of racial injustice in American public schools.

Registration information coming soon!

Film Screening and Panel Discussion “Hate”
Thursday, November 10th

A film screening and panel discussion on the rise of modern Anti-Semitism.

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938.

Featuring conversation with filmmaker Nadav Eyal  

Join Montclair State University faculty and Israeli filmmaker Nadav Eyal for a private screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary Hate (2014).

Mr. Eyal, an acclaimed Israeli journalist, presents this mesmerizing documentary film concerning the resurfacing of an ancient hatred. In it he tries to understand how the virus of Anti-Semitism survives and continues to infect. 

By moving from victims of Anti-Semitism to experts and finally to the bigots themselves, the film generates a credible and frightening document. It explains some areas of Anti-Semitism's resilience, and supplies a variety of dramatic encounters and confrontations with the perpetrators of racism.

Event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required and space is limited.

To register, please visit: http://education.state.nj.us/events/

Native Americans and Environmental Justice
Tuesday, November 29th
SBUS 101

Join Native American community leaders and MSU faculty from Anthropology, History, and Religion in an exciting conversation about environmental justice for Native Americans in New Jersey and across the nation. Learn about the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and hear from activists fighting to preserve the environment from industrial pollution and secure basic human rights including clean drinking water and arable farmland.

Registration information coming soon!

Religion of Memory: Genocide and History,” presented by Dr. Kate Temoney, Department of Religion

Join MSU's Dr. Kate Temoney for a fascinating talk on the subject of religion, genocide, memory, and justice. Refusing to testify during the trials of Nazi collaborators of the Vichy regime, French historian Henry Rousso claimed that the proceedings were an exercise in the "religion of memory." What does this mean, and what are the possible implications for the relationships among religion, genocide, and memory as it relates to how we understand history and seek justice?

Late November/Early December, details forthcoming.


Public School Outreach and Classroom Visits

MSU Human Rights Education Interns are available to present a lesson on human rights to a class or student group at a local public school.

Trained with MSU faculty in the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project, each intern will present a carefully crafted lesson on a human rights topic of his or her choice.

Fall 2016 programs are available on:
The Black Lives Matter movement (2 programs)

The politics of women’s reproductive health

LGBTQ civil rights & history

The Syrian refugee crisis

African American struggle for educational justice

Host class should provide a warm welcome to interns and offer at least one 45 minute period to present a lesson either during or after school.

The MSU Human Rights Education Internship program trains future human rights educators for a wide range of possible careers dedicated to social justice and public outreach. To that end, the host teacher and students are invited to provide constructive feedback to the intern for an interactive learning experience.

This is a great opportunity to host a college student who is passionate about human rights! Target dates are November & December 2016.

For more information or to schedule a visit by a human rights education intern, please contact Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project at burkholderz@mail.montclair.edu

Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Resources for Educators

The MSU Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is pleased to offer educational resources including books and films, available to the MSU community and the general public. These materials are available in our ADP Center for Teacher Education and Learning Technology. The ADP Center is located on the ground floor of University Hall. Parking is available for a fee in the Red Hawk Deck on campus. 

Please check out our full list of antiracist books and films.