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Kupferberg Holocaust Center-NEH Book: Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education in Community Colleges: Volume Home

"Humanistic Pedagogy Across the Disciplines": An edited volume featuring insights from QCC faculty members who incorporated the Kupferberg Holocaust Center's resources into their classrooms

Humanistic Pedagogy Across the Disciplines: Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education in the Community College Context

About the Volume 

This volume collates insights from five years of intensive Holocaust, genocide, and mass atrocity education at Queensborough Community College (QCC) of the City University of New York (CUNY) to offer four approaches – Arts-Based, Textual, Outcomes-Based, and Social Justice – to designing innovative, integrative, and differentiated pedagogies for today’s imperatives and college students. It covers the theoretical foundations of each approach, and it includes faculty reflections on the programs, instructional strategies, and student reactions that brought the approaches to life across the disciplines.

Click here to visit Palgrave Macmillan’s webpage for the volume. 

About the Editors

Amy E. Traver, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Queensborough Community College (QCC), City University of New York (CUNY), USA.

Dan Leshem, Ph.D., is the former Executive Director of the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at QCC, CUNY, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction/Chapter One     

                   Humanistic Pedagogy Across the Disciplines: Approaches to Mass  Atrocity Education in

                   the Community College Context   

                   Dan Leshem, Ph.D.                                       

Part I: Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education in the Community College Context: Theoretical Foundations and Programmatic Examples

Chapter 2   Arts-Based Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education

                    Cary Lane, Ph.D.

Chapter 3   Textual Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education

                    Aliza Atik, Ph.D., Kathleen Tamayo Alves, D.A., and Mirna Lekić,  D.M.A.

Chapter 4   Outcomes-Based Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education

                    Amy E. Traver, Ph.D.

Chapter 5   Social Justice Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education 

                    Susan Jacobowitz, Ph.D.

Part II: Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education in the Community College Context: Course-Based Examples

Chapter 6   Students Reflect on the Intersection of Sex, Gender, and Genocide from a Social-

                    Psychological Perspective  

                    Azadeh Aalai, Ph.D.

Chapter 7   Incarceration through the Lens of Genocide and Restorative Justice

                   Rose Marie Äikäs, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.W.

Chapter 8   Dancing to Connect: An Interdisciplinary Creative Arts Approach to Holocaust Education

                    within Liberatory Pedagogy 

                    Aliza Atik, Ph.D., Aviva Geismar, M.F.A., and Benjamin Lawrance Miller, M.F.A.

Chapter 9   Teaching the Holocaust: Making Literary Theory Memorable 

                    Johannes Burgers, Ph.D.

Chapter 10  Outcomes of an Academic Service-Learning Project on Mass Atrocity with an ELL  


                     Julia B. Carroll, Ph.D.     

Chapter 11  Connecting the Dots: Backward Course Design, Arts Education, and Teaching the


                     Steven Dahlke, D.M.A.

Chapter 12  Where History Meets Literature: Teaching the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Atrocity

                     Through a Creative Approach in the Community College English Classroom

                     Melissa Dennihy, Ph.D.

Chapter 13  Trust No Scorn on the Page and No Hate in the Frame: Deconstructing Hate Speech and

                     Empowering Tolerance in English 101 

                     Barbara K. Emanuele, M.A.  

Chapter 14  “I thought Natives were all living an idyllic country life…”: Students Reconsider North

                      American Indigenous Peoples’ Lives Through Speech, Gender, and Genocide 

                      Franca Ferrari-Bridgers, Ph.D.

Chapter 15  Echoes of Exile: Genocide and Displacement Studies in the Undergraduate Music


                     Mirna Lekić, D.M.A. and André Brégégère, Ph.D.

Chapter 16  Using Campus Resources and Problem-Based Learning to Prepare Students to Become

                     Global Citizens 

                     Danny Sexton, Ph.D.

Chapter 17  The Power of Images: Enhancing Learning Outcomes in a History of Photography Course

                     through an Understanding of Genocide and the Refugee Experience 

                     Kathleen Wentrack, Ph.D.