Grappling with Genocide: Fostering Empathy and Engagement through Text and Image




Greensburg, PA


July 11-22, 2022


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




This two-week NEH Institute for educators (grades 6-12) connects best practices in genocide education with contemporary global conflicts through the power of narrative. Sessions will address Native American erasure, the Holocaust, the plight of the Rohingya, and the Yazidi genocide under ISIS. Participants will visit Tree of Life synagogue and the City of Asylum in Pittsburgh, meeting with local leaders to discuss opportunities for dialogue. By exploring pedagogical tools like the Narrative 4 story-exchange methodology and the Question Mark/er Project, participants will leave the institute equipped to bring complex issues to their classrooms via text, image, and encounter.

Project Director(s)

Christine Cusick; John Spurlock

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Mehnaz Afridi; Pati Beachley; Daniel Casebeer; Debra Faszer-McMahon; Jennifer Goss; Roni Kay O'Dell; James Paharik; Timothy Petete

Grantee Institution

Seton Hill University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs