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Holocaust education comes to Shawnigan

Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide studies at Keene State College Dr. James Waller will speak to 1,000 students from across B.C. at Shawnigan Lake School. -
Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide studies at Keene State College Dr. James Waller will speak to 1,000 students from across B.C. at Shawnigan Lake School.
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Eyewitness testimonies from Holocaust survivors will be shared in Cowichan next week.

Shawnigan Lake School is hosting 1,000 Grades 11 and 12 high school students across B.C. for a symposium that will hear perspectives from survivors. Also speaking will be Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide studies at Keene State College Dr. James Waller and Education Director, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre Dr. Adara Goldberg.

"The students will experience a unique perspective on the history of the Holocaust, with remarkable eyewitness testimonies from Holocaust survivors," a press release states. "Students and teachers will learn about all acts of genocide that continue to affect the world today."

The symposium is a free event and everyone is welcome, but seats are limited.

There are three sessions, a morning and afternoon session on Thursday, April 3 (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m./1 to 4:30 p.m.) and one morning session on Friday April 4 (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

All three sessions will follow the same format, featuring a welcome by the school's head of social studies Al Olson, keynote speaker Dr. Waller and showing of the film World at War: Genocide.

After a break, it will continue with a Holocaust survivor presentation, panel discussion and student questions portion, candle lighting tribute and closing remarks.

The school is pretty excited about the keynote speaker. Waller is a social psychologist and widely recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies, intergroup relations and prejudice.

He serves as the Academic Programs Director with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), as the curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Raphael Lemkin Seminars for Genocide Prevention.

On top of that he's published three books, 28 articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and contributed 15 chapters in edited books.

His book, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford University Press, 2002), is a seminal text in human nature and used in university courses worldwide. Dr. Waller also works as a consultant for the United Nations on Genocide issues, speaking with the UN weekly about current issues in Syria and other countries.

Although all sessions are full, schools and the public can still register to participate via Livestream.  For more details, please contact Roland Borsato at rborsato@shawnigan.ca. All participants are encouraged to tweet comments and questions during and after the symposium here: #slshgs14

For more about the symposiums, visit the website http://www.shawnigan.ca/symposium2014 or contact the school at 250-743-5516.

 

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