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Robert H. Jackson Center
On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Robert H. Jackson Center will co-host, along with Erie 1 & Erie 2- Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, a Fall Teacher Workshop for area educators. The Teacher Workshop will feature Deng Ajak Jongkuch, who wrote A Story of Hope: The Journey of a Lost Boy of Sudan recounting his personal experiences in Sudan; Dr. S.G. Grant, a professor at Binghamton’s Graduate School of Education and James C. Johnson, Robert H. Jackson Senior International Fellow, who will discuss his experiences as former Prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal in Sierra Leone. The day-long workshop will begin with James Johnson’s lectures “Why We’re Here: Justice Jackson and the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trial,” followed by Dr. Grant’s Inquiry in the NYS Social Studies Classroom, and his Toolkit Project. Six simultaneous breakout sessions will be offered after lunch to teachers from the elementary to high school classroom levels. Mr. Jongkuch will offer his keynote address at 12:45 pm.
The Jackson Center offers two educator workshops a year, which are geared toward educators who work in a field of interest related to the Holocaust, human rights, and/or Global Studies. The goal of the workshops is to connect the important work teachers perform to the legacy of Justice Jackson. The workshops offer professional development designed for teachers that provides concrete, Common Core-friendly, classroom-ready activities for immediate use. Moreover, these workshops offer creative solutions to help students look at the world through the eyes of Justice Jackson.
Seventy years ago, on November 21, 1945, Justice Robert H. Jackson began his Opening Statement before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, with these words: “The privilege of opening the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world imposes a grave responsibility.” Today, it is the Jackson Center’s responsibility to promote Justice Jackson’s groundbreaking work at Nuremberg and to actively show its continued relevance today. The Fall Teacher Workshop commemorates this important historical anniversary and connects it to how current issues regarding human rights and international justice are taught in the classroom.
This workshop was made possible by Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development.