From July 31 – August 2, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is hosting the Holocaust and Human Rights Educator Conference. The 3-day Education Conference will feature films, presentations from community partners, workshops led by nationally recognized organizations, and remarks by local survivors on Holocaust and experts on human rights-related topics relevant to the 21st century classroom.
Monday, July 31st – Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Region 10 Education Service Center
400 E. Spring Valley Rd.
Richardson, TX 75081
While the conference has a full three days’ worth of events, these deserve special consideration:
Keynote Speech: Alexandra Zapruder
Alexandra is one of the founding staff members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust. Her father, Abraham Zapruder, is known for his amateur film, which captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Monday, July 31st at 12:45 PM
Human Rights Panel: Fighting Hatred
Special Location: Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 North Record Street, Dallas, Texas 75202
The panel will discuss their expertise in combating hate groups in North Texas and the surrounding regions. The panelists are Cece Cox, CEO of the Resource Center, which operates as the largest LBGT community centers in Texas; Cherly Drazin, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, which fights modern anti-Semitism and works to secure justice for all; and Lt. Matthew Edwards, who is Commander of the Intelligence Unit at the Dallas Police Department, which investigates hate crimes.
Tuesday, August 1st at 6:30 PM
Workshop: America’s Hidden Slavery
This workshop, led by Lindsey Speed of Traffick911, addresses the key vulnerabilities in minors in the state of Texas, with the second highest number of annual human trafficking cases. Speed will teach how to identify victims of trafficking, prevention tools, and reporting protocol.
Wednesday, August 2nd at 8:30 AM
Workshop: Burundi, Current Political & Refugee Camp Situations
Alain Ruvuga, a Burundian immigrant, will give an overview of the current political situation in Central Africa and the status of local displaced persons. He will also speak to the early indicators of genocide.
Wednesday, August 2nd at 11:00 AM
About Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
Founded in 1984, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Located in Dallas’ Historic West End, the Museum hosts more than 70,500 visitors in 2015, among them 34,000 school children. A top-rated attraction in North Texas, the Museum is one of just a few Holocaust-related museums or centers in the United States and the only Holocaust museum serving North Central Texas, as well as the adjacent states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Museum has been recognized for its compelling and creative programming, internationally recognized exhibits, and world-class speakers. North Texas is home to about 125 survivors, refugees and hidden children from the Holocaust.