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Thursday, March 29 • 10:30am - 4:00pm
Is American democracy at risk? Exploring historical moments and visual metaphors

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We live in a time of great tension and conflict in democracies around the world. Recent elections in England, the United States, France, and Germany have both revealed and exacerbated deep divisions within these societies, raising fundamental questions about the strength and fragility of democracy. In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. This workshop will explore the historical dismantling of the vibrant democracy of Weimar Germany as a means to interrogate the health of the American Democracy today. Participants will explore ways to help their students wrestle with universal moral questions raised by this history while fostering their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. The session will model the use of visual metaphors to facilitate deep learning of complex concepts. Building on this format, participants will have the opportunity to apply their learning as they develop a visual metaphor for the American context.

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Heather Frazier

Senior Program Associate, Facing History and Ourselves
Heather Frazier joined Facing History and Ourselves in September 2007. Currently a Senior Program Associate for the Denver/Rocky Mountain States region, Heather facilitates professional development workshops and provides on-going teacher support in Colorado and Albuquerque, NM. Prior... Read More →
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Mary Hendra

Program Director, Facing History and Ourselves
Mary Hendra leads the California statewide work for Facing History and Ourselves, sustaining authentic partnerships and collaboration to meet the needs of educators and schools throughout the state. Through in-depth historical and literary case studies, student-centered pedagogy... Read More →

Thursday March 29, 2018 10:30am - 4:00pm PDT
HTHI 127