The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., is partnering with UNO for the symposium Vectors of Violence: Persecution and Complacency in Nazi Germany and the Great Plains, next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dr. Kierra Crago-Schneider, Program Officer with the USHMM's National Academic Programs, and co-organizer of the event, will lead a Pedagogy Roundtable entitled “Approaching Difficult Topics in the Classroom.”
Crago-Schneider says these symposiums explore the oppression of particular groups in different regions of the country, but also the parallels in the treatment of many groups viewed as “the other.”
She says for many students, talking about the Holocaust can be the start of other important, and often difficult, discussions.
“Looking at it from the lens of the Holocaust allows people a little bit of a separation before they really delve into their own history, so I do think the Holocaust element of it is very important, because most students know something about the Holocaust. And it allows them a place where they can start a discussion about persecution, and then we can really drill down to what’s happening in their region, or what has happened traditionally.”
Crago-Schneider says this roundtable is for everybody and that they hope students, faculty and community members will start a dialogue about ways to change what she calls “the wrongs within their own society.”
Vectors of Violence takes place on March 27th and 28th at UNO. There is no charge, but tickets are required for each session.
The website to register is USHMM.org, or call 402-554-2788.