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Since 2016, the Academic Programs Division at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has engaged the Holocaust in conversation with North American persecution histories in ways that support, enrich, and improve teaching on both topics. Pedagogy roundtables are a critical part of this effort as we look to support practitioners in the classroom and to learn from one another.


About the Workshop

Audience: This workshop is open to anyone interested but primarily UNO faculty, student-teacher candidates, and dual enrollment teachers.


The history of the Holocaust can connect with many different topics and approaches that are often difficult for students to process and discuss in other contexts such as: how can we understand when and how persecution leads to genocide and when it does not? What is the role of the witness? What roles do individuals, institutions, and governments play? How do we engage in difficult subjects both sensitivity and with scholarly rigor?


By thinking about and discussing our teaching, what has allowed for engaged conversations, and what has shut down discussions, we can learn from one another about how best to approach challenging topics in the future even when students are uncomfortable talking about them.


This workshop is in cooperation with the UNO College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS); Teacher Education; the Department of History; and Dual Enrollment.



  • 9 to 10:30 A.M.: Roundtable (Teaching Difficult Subjects in the College Classroom)
  • 10:30 A.M. to Noon:  Pedagogy Session/USHMM Offerings
  • Noon to 1 P.M.:  Lunch



  • Simone Schweber: Goodman Professor of Education and Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Alecia Danielle Anderson: Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Susana Grajales Geliga: Charles W. and Mary C. Martin Professor of Western American History, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Andrew J. Hogan: Henry W. Casper Professor of History, Departments of History and Medical Humanities, Creighton University



Kierra Crago-Schneider, The Campus Outreach Program Officer University Programs, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Research, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


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"Physical and Social Spaces of Exclusion: Nazi Germany and the Great Plains"

This event is part of "Physical and Social Spaces of Exclusion: Nazi Germany and the Great Plains," a regional partnership co-organized with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy. View the full schedule of events.



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