Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project

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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

Dr. Zoë Burkholder is the Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project and an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations. She is an historian of education whose expertise includes antiracist education and civil rights history. Dr. Burkholder is the author of Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race, 1900-1954 (Oxford University Press, 2011) as well as numerous scholarly articles and commentaries published in Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Journal of Social History, History of Education Quarterly, and Education Week. She may be contacted at burkholderz@montclair.edu.

 

The Education Project

Are you passionate about social justice? Ready to get professional experience in human rights education while earning college credit this spring?

Apply now to the Spring 2019 MSU Human Rights Education Internship, hosted by the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project.

Open to all MSU undergraduate students—all majors, even undecided!

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 work alongside human rights education professionals, conduct a research project on a human rights topic of their choice, and develop and teach a lesson plan on that topic.

Interns identify a human rights issue to study for this internship related to their personal interests and/or future career. Past selections have included: Food justice, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, religious tolerance, anti-Muslim prejudice, Native American environmental justice, women’s reproductive healthcare, religious freedom, and more. For a complete list of past topics, check out our lesson plans

All interns will teach an engaging, hands-on lesson about their topic at the First Annual Human Rights University for a Day on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 9am-1pm! This free public program is designed for secondary students (middle and high school) who want to learn more about social justice issues from amazing college students like you! 

Now accepting applications.

To apply for the MSU Human Rights Education Internship for Spring 2019:

  1. Email a formal letter of application explaining your interest in human rights education detailing the specific topic you would like to study to Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Education, and Human Rights Education Project: burkholderz@montclair.edu.
  2. Applications are accepted between now and November 10, 2018. Applying early is recommended as admission is granted on a rolling basis and space is limited.
  3. Accepted interns must enroll in EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education in Spring 2019, a 3 credit course wthat will meet Mondays 10:00 am - 11:30 am.

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@montclair.edu  

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. Programs vary each semester.

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.

This is a great opportunity to host a college student who is passionate about human rights! School visits will be scheduled for Spring 2019.

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@montclair.edu.

 

Upcoming Programs and Events

Understanding School Segregation and Racial Inequality in New Jersey

Public forum featuring scholars, teachers, and community activists. Join us to learn more about how racial segregation in New Jersey’s public schools is related to educational inequality, and how activists are working to improve educational equality through integration.

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • SBUS 140

Understanding School Segregation and Racial Inequality in New Jersey Flyer (.pdf) (Coming soon) 

Creating Context for Teaching Elie Wiesel's Night

Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Education Workshop for K-12 Educators and Student Teachers

  • Friday, October 19, 2018
  • 9am-3pm
  • ADP Center for Learning Technologies

How do we prepare students to read and understand Elie Wiesel’s Night within the larger historical framework of the Holocaust? This learning opportunity explores materials and instructional strategies available in Echoes & Reflections to support effective teaching of the memoir, as well as provides additional background to integrate into instruction.

Professional development hours available.

Creating Context for Teaching Elie Wiesel's Night Flyer (.pdf)

Free and open to NJ educators and MSU student teachers, registration required and space is limited.

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/WleHdCle8WuenBgx2

Native American Environmental Justice in New Jersey: Panel Discussion with Filmmakers of Mann v. Ford, The New Jersey Ramapough Nation, and Scholars

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • 5:30-8:00pm
  • University Hall 1101

The Ford Motor Company built the largest automobile manufacturing plant of its kind in Mahwah, New Jersey, in 1955. For years, it dumped a toxic mix of paint sludge, freon, lead, arsenic and other industrial waste into abandoned mine shafts in Upper Ringwood, New Jersey, –home to the Ramapough Native American community. What happened next was an environmental and health disaster of epic proportions, one with particularly dire consequences for Native Americans.

Join Montclair State University during Native American Heritage Month to learn about the history of environmental racism in the Garden State. The film, Mann v. Ford, is available through Montclair State’s Sprague Library. Clips will be shown during the event, along with commentary by scholars, activists, representatives of the Ramapough community and filmmakers.

Free and open to all, with seats available on a first come, first served basis.

Native American Environmental Justice in New Jersey: Panel Discussion with Filmmakers of Mann v. Ford, The New Jersey Ramapough Nation, and Scholars Flyer (.pdf) (Coming soon)

MSU Human Rights University for a Day

Designed for Grades 6 and up!

  • Friday, March 1, 2019 (no school in Montclair Public Schools)
  • 9am-1pm
  • ADP Center for Learning Technologies

Join us at Montclair State University for a day of high-tech human rights education workshops designed for all sixth-graders and above. Choose from different human rights topics and visit as many 45-minute sessions as you like between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Parents/caregivers welcome.

All human rights education workshops emphasize the core themes of tolerance and respect and are taught by trained Montclair State human rights education interns. 

Free and open to the public, spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

MSU Human Rights University for a Day Flyer (.pdf) 

Visitor parking available in the Red Hawk Deck.

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, films, and lesson plans. 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.

Please check out our full list of MSU Human Rights Lesson Plans, developed by our human rights education interns.