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39th Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Reimagines Education about Genocide

This year, the annual conference explores the history of, and new directions for, teaching about these important topics.

Teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides has evolved over time, an evolution Millersville University’s 39th Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide will reflect. The 2024 conference, “Reimagining Education About the Holocaust and Genocide,” will be held on Thursday, March 21. 

Millersville’s first Holocaust conference was held in 1982. Since that time, additions have been made. In 2009, organizers added “and Genocide” to the name and have included sessions on events in Rwanda, Cambodia and elsewhere. This year’s conference will explore the history of, and new directions for, teaching about these topics. The conference will include workshops during the day, with a keynote address by author Dr. Dara Horn. 

Horn is an award-winning author of six books and several articles, and she teaches and lectures extensively on the topic of Holocaust education. She has argued that education about the Holocaust has been flawed and unsuccessful in important ways and has suggested alternative approaches. Other speakers include Dr. Thomas Fallace, a professor from William Paterson University who publishes on social studies education and the history of education. Fallace will discuss the “History of Holocaust Education in America.”  Dr. Jameson Sweet, a professor from Rutgers–New Brunswick who specializes in Native American and Indigenous studies, will discuss “Genocides of Native Americans.”  An afternoon panel titled “Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide” will feature experienced middle and high school teachers from Lancaster County.  

For educators who are interested in attending the conference, one unit of Act 48 credit will be available for each session attended for up to five units. Advanced registration for the event is required, and registration for Horn’s keynote address is separate from that for the 9 a.m.-5 p.m. events. 

While the keynote session is free of charge, registration for the daytime sessions costs $25, which includes lunch and refreshments. There is no charge for MU students, faculty and staff.  

To register for the keynote address, click here. To register for the daytime sessions, click here 

For general questions and more information, contact ahss@millersville.edu 

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