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March 28, 2018
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9:30 a.m.

University of Nebraska Omaha
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
6400 South, University Drive Road North
Omaha, Nebraska 68162

Pedagogy Roundtable:
Approaching Difficult Topics in the Classroom
Campus Lecture
Students study math at the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp in Germany after World War II. <i>US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Alice Lev</i>
Students study math at the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp in Germany after World War II. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Alice Lev

During this pedagogy roundtable hosted by the Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Holocaust Studies and the University of Nebraska Omaha, faculty from various disciplines and institutions in the region will come together and talk about teaching "difficult" topics in the classroom. Participants will discuss a range of issues across disciplines to engage students and faculty in meaningful dialogue about trauma, identity, violence, and discrimination against minority groups on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexuality. We aim to spark discussion on campus about diversity—in the past and present—in order to enrich campus dialogue and forge connections with diverse audiences.

Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a consultation following the round table at 1 p.m.

Jeremy Best, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Iowa State University

A’Jamal Byndon, Lecturer, Departments of History and Black Studies, University of Nebraska Omaha

Stephanie Hinnershitz, Assistant Professor of History, College of Letters and Sciences, Cleveland State University

Jay Irwin, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Graduate Program Chair, University of Nebraska Omaha

Steven Usitalo, Professor, Department of  History, Sociology, Political Science, and Geography, Northern State University

Kierra Crago-Schneider, Program Officer, National Academic Programs, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United State Holocaust Memorial Museum

For more information, please contact Dr. Kierra Crago-Schneider at or Kasey De Goey at

Learn more abut the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center here.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This event is also co-sponsored by the Sam & Frances Fried Holocaust & Genocide Academy in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Co-presented with:

UNO is an AA/EEO/ADA institution. For questions, accommodations or assistance please call/contact Charlotte Russell, ADA/504 Coordinator (phone: 402.554.3490 or TTY 402.554.2978) or Anne Heimann, Interim Director, Disability Services (phone: 402.554.2872). The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

Dr. Kierra Crago-Schneider

Please note that the Museum may be recording and photographing this event. By your presence you consent to the Museum's use of your image.

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