Upcoming Seminars

Centropa US Seminar: Columbia, SC (February 16-18)

Date: February 16-18, 2018
Location: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Educators in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia - we invite you to join us at our seminar at the University of South Carolina, 16-18 February. Learn how to use Centropa’s stories of 20th century Central European Jewish life to teach history, ELA, social studies, civics, art, photography, film, storytelling, and foreign language. You will return to class with new lesson ideas, an understanding of how Centropa can help you meet your state and curriculum standards, and a lesson you develop yourself. Topics include: Jews in Germany (in preparation for our 2018 Summer Academy in Berlin); Jim Crow / Nuremberg Laws: what can students learn from these two examples of legal discrimination?; stories of when friends, neighbors, teachers, and other community members turned against our interviewees - and stories of when they were helped by friends, neighbors and complete strangers; stories of Sephardic Jewish life in the Balkans, and the model of civic engagement that happened in the synagogue of Sarajevo during the 1990s Bosnian war when the Jews opened their synagogue to Muslims, Croats, and Serbs as they worked together to survive.
SC teachers register here (you’ll receive recertification credit):  http://sccss.org/event-2751647
Teachers from North Carolina and Georgia register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/scfeb2018 .
Questions? Contact Lauren Granite at granite@centropa.org.

Centropa Poland Seminar: Warsaw, March 2-4

Date: March 2-4, 2018
Location: Warsaw, Poland

The seminar is open for up to 40 teachers from Poland, and we will also invite 5 German educators. During the seminar, teachers will learn about Centropa's interview and photo database, and the films and exhibitions we offer for classroom use. Veteran teachers will present their Centropa projects, and the seminars will also a Jewish walking tour and historical lectures. 

Further information: Fabian Rühle ruehle@centropa.org 

Trans.History Seminar: Lviv, Ukraine (April 3-5)

Date: April 3-5, 2018
Location: Lviv, Ukraine

Our third seminar in Lviv  will bring together 50 educators, civil society activists and journalists from Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Poland. During the seminar, teachers will present their projects and how they have used the Centropa films in educational contexts. The seminar will also offer four different one-day workshops to choose from, historical lectures and the presentation of our exhibition „The Ukrainian Jewish Family Album“. In addition, we will award the winners of our annual Youth Competition.

If you are interested to apply, contact Fabian Rühle: ruehle@centropa.org

Centropa Western Balkans Seminar: Skopje, Macedonia (May 4-6)

Date: May 4-6, 2018
Location: Skopje, Macedonia

Our Western Balkans seminar is mostly targeted towards teachers from Macedonia, but we will also invite small delegations from Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro. During the seminar, teachers will learn about Centropa's interview and photo database, and the films and exhibitions we offer for classroom use. Veteran teachers will present their Centropa projects, and the seminars will also a Skopje walking tour and historical lectures. 

Further information: Fabian Rühle ruehle@centropa.org

Past Seminars

Centropa US Seminar: Houston, Texas (February 9-10)

Date for District Coordinators in the Houston and Galveston area: Friday, Feb 9, 2018, 8:00am-4:00 pm
Date for teachers in the Houston and Galveston areas: Saturday, Feb 10, 2018, 8:00am-4:00 pm
Location: Alief Independent School District Building, Board Room, 4250 Cook Road, Houston, TX 77072

Houston and Galveston teachers were invited to join us at our teachers' seminar on Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:00am-4:00 pm, for a Centropa seminar that gave them new lesson ideas, a wealth of free new resources about 20th century Central and Eastern European Jewish life for teaching social studies, history, civics, character education, foreign language (Spanish), art, photography, and filmmaking, and an opportunity to create a lesson that works for students. Topics included: an introduction to Centropa’s photograph and interview database and short, multimedia films; the Spanish roots of Southeast Europe - stories of Sephardic Jewish life in the Balkans, and the model of civic engagement that happened in the synagogue of Sarajevo during the 1990s Bosnian war when the Jews opened their synagogue to Muslims, Croats, and Serbs as they worked together to survive; and stories of when friends, neighbors, teachers, and other community members turned against our interviewees - and stories of when they were helped by friends, neighbors and complete strangers. We also had a District Coordinator’s seminar the day before, Friday, Feb 9.

Centropa Hungary Seminar: Győr, Hungary (February 2-4)

Date: February 2-4
Location: Győr, Hungary

The seminar was organized for teachers of Győr, Hungary. 23 teachers came together to learn about Centropa's interview and photo database, our collected family stories, and the films and exhibitions we offer for classroom use. We also presented the Visegrád video competition, a video making opportunity for student to compete with the students of the Visegrád countries.