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Saturday, June 13 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Lessons from loss. Is there an ethical teaching moment in Holocaust experience?

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The history of the Holocaust provides both the historical and conceptual grounding for a variety of ethics-focussed education programmes internationally. In recent years, this ‘watershed event’ has also become a touchstone for educational initiatives that seek to teach civics and citizenship, highlight contemporary instances of discrimination and injustice, and advocate for human rights. While diverse in both approach and content, one question that all Holocaust and related education programmes must confront is how they will use this largely cruel and nihilistic history to cultivate citizens and societies embodying its very opposite. Such a stark contrast between content and goals highlights the difficulties inherent in bringing the complexities of the past to bear on the needs of the present. It also raises questions as to the efficacy and ethics of doing so. In this session, we will address these and related questions, asking what the future of Holocaust education might look like, a poignant and pressing question as we witness the passing of the survivor generation.

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Avril Alba

Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation, University of Sydney
Avril Alba is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. She teaches and researches in the areas of Holocaust and modern Jewish history with a focus on Jewish and Holocaust mus... Read More →

Saturday June 13, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEST