Centropa’s Winter Seminar, 2014
20th c European history, Digital Storytelling, and the Global Classroom
February 16 - 17, 2014 in the BMW Conference Center, Greer, SC
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99% of your students are on Facebook. Most of them have Facebook friends in other cities or countries. It’s time to knock down your classroom walls and start connecting with students and teachers in Europe and Israel. No one can make this happen better than Centropa. We want you to join us for two intensive days in the high tech conference center of BMW North America, where we will show you how we’re connecting 21st century teenagers to 20th century Jewish history—and to each other.
Who we are.
When Centropa interviewed 1200 Holocaust survivors in Central and Eastern Europe we didn’t use videotape or ask only about the Holocaust. We asked them to tell us their life stories spanning the entire 20th century while we scanned 22,000 family photos. Our multimedia films based on these interviews have been shown in 9 international film festivals!
Why teachers like us.
Do you need a boxed curriculum, instructions, and a tool kit? Then stop reading here—that’s not us. It’s not you, either. Everything we do is open-‐sourced and we want to help you develop the ideas you have. Our veteran teachers, and our staff, are there to help.
We’ll screen Centropa films (perfect for the classroom), and veteran teachers will share projects their students made -‐ while connecting with teens in other countries. We’ll even screen and discuss one of the least-‐known, but most powerful ethical stories of our time: how a band of Holocaust survivors in the besieged city of Sarajevo (1992-‐1995) worked with their Muslim and Christian neighbors to save an entire city. And you will: explore Centropa’s database, films and teacher lessons in interactive workshops; collaborate with other educators on lessons and projects; hear from teachers how they use Centropa to teach everything from civics to history, anti-‐ bullying to creative writing; learn how you can create cross-‐cultural projects with schools in Europe or Israel.
As a small and poor NGO, we ask all applicants to help cover their expenses. We will pay one night hotel, seminar lunches and snacks, and for some participants transportation (excluding to/from airports). Preference will be given to those who can cover all of their transportation costs.
Trip to Europe. Teachers who produce good lesson plans or projects will qualify to apply for our Summer Academy in July in Vienna and Sarajevo, in commemoration of the First World War.
Contact Lauren Granite, US Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 787-‐0052.
“The Return of the Violin” A film by Haim Hecht
Sunday, February 23 at 3 pm
The screening will be followed by a live performance by Rebecca Hunter, Violin and Marina Lomazov, Piano; both USC School of Music faculty and an interactive discussion led by: Saskia Coenen Snyder, Assistant Professor of History/Jewish Studies Kunio Hara, Assistant Professor of Music History Federica K. Clementi, Assistant Professor of English/Jewish Studies USC School of Music Recital Hall, Second Floor | 813 Assembly Street This Event is Free and Open to the Public
Click here for flyer or visit http://www.columbiajewishfilmfestival.com/ for more information.