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Teaching about Genocide & Human Rights

Presented in partnership with the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights.

Summer Institute will be held virtually from July 18-21, 2022.

During this four-day seminar, teachers will begin an investigation into case studies of the genocides against Native Americans, the Maya in Guatemala, the Rohingya, and the Uyghurs. The course will include multi-media presentations, guest speakers, and will draw interdisciplinary connections that align with Illinois and national standards. Educators will be equipped to return to their classrooms with a deeper understanding of the origins of genocide, risk factors, and the historical background of the specific genocides. Participants will leave with rich pedagogical resources that will enable them to investigate with their students the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and indifference, and the role of the individual in nurturing and protecting democratic values and human rights.

Session topics include: The Native American Genocide, The Guatemalan Genocide, Genocide against the Rohingya and Uyghurs.


Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College

Juliet Sorensen

Clinical Professor of Law associated with Northwestern University law school’s Center for International Human Rights

Karl Jacoby

Specialist in environmental, borderlands, and Native American history.

Ewa Schaller

Senior Program Officer, Education Coordinator at American Friends of Yahad-In Unum, which has carried out 6 research trips and conducted 170 interviews with Mayan survivors in Guatemala

María José Pérez Sián

Guatemalan Tz’utujil woman, Ph.D student at University of Texas at Austin, research includes violence and genocide, feminisms, bodies and sexualities, and transitional justice

What to Expect

  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 21 Clock Hours (CPDUs)
  • 1 Lane Credit
  • Graduate Credit available through National Louis University. Contact the Education Department for details.

Financial Assistance

Full or partial financial assistance for tuition will be available for teachers with demonstrated need. Click here for application.

Questions? Contact us.

Email: | Phone: 847.967.4853

Program Sponsor

Education Services are supported with generous grants from: Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Bank of America; The Bill Bass Foundation; Dr. Scholl Foundation; Leah Gutman Education Fund; Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation; Niles Township Government; PNC; Regions Bank; Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation; State Farm; Steans Family Foundation; Women’s Leadership Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Vivo Foundation, Full Circle Foundation

Additional endowment support is provided by: The Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund; The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Program Endowment Fund; Moselle Mintz Schwartz Education Fund; Barney & Anita Sidler Educational Endowment; Teachers Educational Endowment Fund.

Photo credits: Kathleen Hinkel

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