Emotions and history. How to talk about difficult topics at school

Webinaria: Akcja Żonkile - działania w szkołach i bibliotekach
fot. A. Musiał / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

International educational conference. Save the date: 26-28 November 2020 at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and online. You can take part in this event online.

  • 26-28 November 2020 (Thursday - Saturday)
  • Registration is closed
  • Participation in the conference is free of charge

This autumn we invite teachers and people involved in both formal and non-formal education to participate in a 3-day international educational conference on "Emotions and history. How to talk about difficult topics at school". 

We will raise the subject of emotions in the context of historical education. Why does history evoke such strong emotions, and how should we respond to them while working with a group? How can a teacher support young people and help them get through a difficult discussion?

The program of the conference >>

We will focus on methods of teaching the history of World War Two and the Holocaust as well as on conversations with young people about topics that are thorny and painful. We will examine the subject of potentially difficult reactions on the part of the youth - where do they come from, what do they mean, how should we respond to them? We will also discuss recommendations on when and how to begin to teach young people about harrowing events from world’s history. 

During lectures, discussions and workshops, the participants will learn how to protect the children and youth, as well as themselves while working with difficult subjects. We will also discuss emotions and history in the context of remote learning.

The speakers at the conference will include a number of distinguished experts from Poland, Norway and the United States.

Languages: Polish and English (simultaneous interpretation).

For additional questions please contact us at: [email protected].

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The conference is supported by the Embassy of the United States of America in Poland and the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, Warsaw Centre of Educational and Social Innovation and Training


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