One student listened to the testimonies of those imprisoned at an internment camp. Another wrote about people stranded in the middle of the ocean attempting to escape the genocide in the Congo. Two others will act out a scene where two inmates of a concentration camp dream of the food they would eat if they were elsewhere. The class will read excerpts of the 10 plays at the Parkside Performance Cafe 3 p.m. Friday.
DITT, Diversity and Inclusion Through Testimony / Thursday, April 26, 2018
Ignited by students’ enthusiasm over IWitness's recent “100 Days to Inspire Respect” initiative, a campaign called #180DaysToInspireRespect has students at Robert Adams Middle School in Massachusetts volunteering each day to present about the respectful acts they’ve witnessed, received, read and heard about.
Lisa Farese, classroom, iwitness, inspire respect, bulletin board / Monday, October 8, 2018
While the younger students turned their attention to the themes of racism, sexism and antisemitism, the older students tried something new this year: T-shirts covered with messages of gender equality.
/ Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Lisa Farese’s eighth-graders learn about hate and ethical editing by watching IWitness videos, and then go to different corners of the school to discuss important issues.
iwitness, Lisa Farese, #AllStoriesMatter / Monday, May 7, 2018
Although the current situation in Hungary is more complex than many outsiders understand, it’s a tense situation, Ildikó Barna said, and a good time for students to pay more attention to where the slippery slope of hatred can lead – and where it has indeed taken their own country.
Ildiko Barna, hungary, xenophobia, International Teaching Fellow, Viktor Orban / Wednesday, October 3, 2018
At a time when the term “fake news” has become pervasive – and when rising nationalism worldwide has had an especially pronounced effect on Central Europe – USC Shoah Foundation’s representatives in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary are introducing high school students to a suite of new IWitness activities that use testimony to provide a deeper understanding of propaganda.
propaganda, iwitness, Czech Republic, Prague Spring / Monday, July 16, 2018
Racism. Holocaust denial. BDS. Students at USC Shoah Foundation’s second-annual Intercollegiate Diversity Congress Summit delved into some of the touchiest campus topics, and discussed ways to effect positive change.
intercollegiate diversity congress, antiSemitism, IDC, Summit, IDC summit / Monday, September 17, 2018
The integration of the new collection means the Archive now represents nine genocidal events. USC Shoah Foundation last month added 11 Rohingya video interviews—as well as 77 testimonies from other collections—to its ever-expanding Archive.
Rohingya, myanmar, new collection, collections, CATT, Countering Antisemitism, rwanda / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Street will lead presentations and workshops throughout the week-long event, which this year is centered on the post-Holocaust period and the specific events, or “pivotal moments,” that have shaped our understanding of the Holocaust.
education, iwitness, New Dimensions in Testimony / Thursday, November 2, 2017
​IWitness was a featured component of three training sessions hosted by the Holocaust Educators Network (HEN) this month.
iwitness / Thursday, July 27, 2017
Educators from the Ronald Lauder Jewish School in Prague took a day to be educated last month, taking a course generally assigned to their students with USC Shoah Foundation Senior International Program Consultant Martin Šmok.
Martin Smok, lauder, Prague, Czech Republic / Thursday, March 2, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation staff members are in Rwanda this week participating in a colloquium about peace education, hosted by the Institute’s partner in Rwanda, Aegis Trust.
rpep, rwanda / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
With an audience of 75 participants, the webinar broke Echoes and Reflections’ record for most people registered and most attended.
iwitness, IWitness Webinar, webinar / Wednesday, December 6, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation has partnered with Journeys in Film to provide, on its educational website IWitness, 11 clips of testimony from the Visual History Archive relevant to the documentary film Defiant Requiem, along with Journeys in Film’s Defiant Requiem curriculum guide.
iwitness, film / Monday, May 1, 2017
Three graduates of USC Shoah Foundation’s Master Teacher program in Central Europe traveled to Los Angeles this week for additional training to take their use of IWitness and testimony to the next level.
master teacher, hungary, poland, Czech Republic / Wednesday, August 23, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation was invited to give a presentation about its IWalk program at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’s international education conference, “Awareness-Responsibility-Future,” earlier this week.
/ Thursday, July 6, 2017
The foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (German acronym EVZ) is hosting an international workshop on the use of Holocaust survivor testimonies in education January 9-11.
/ Monday, January 9, 2017
Sara Cohan, USC Shoah Foundation’s Armenian education program consultant, will give a presentation for educators called “Women’s Voices: Testimony as a Tool of Empowerment.”
/ Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Five members of the educational nonprofit started working with USC Shoah Foundation education staff last week to develop resources in IWitness for Panamanian students and teachers.
iwitness, panama / Friday, November 17, 2017
A group of over a dozen educators representing the so-called Visegrad countries – a bloc of Central European countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – met for a second time to experience and discuss the power of the IWalks and IWitness activities developed by USC Shoah Foundation.
Andrea Szőnyi, hungary, slovak, Czech Republic, poland / Monday, January 30, 2017
A new IWitness activity focuses on the complex situation in Hungary after liberation. Students interpret and evaluate different behaviors exemplified through the testimony and film clips and think about their past and present correlations.
hungary, IWitness activity / Wednesday, April 12, 2017
While students across America enjoy their summer vacation, the education department at USC Shoah Foundation is busily making major new features to its award-winning IWitness educational website for educators and their students that will be ready by the time school resumes in the fall.
iwitness / Friday, June 23, 2017
Hungarian Officer for Educational Rights Dr Lajos Aáry-Tamás was so inspired by the artwork created by students for USC Shoah Foundation’s annual art project that he became the first to host a traveling exhibition of selected artworks in his own office at the Ministry of Human Capacities.
art, hungary, Andrea Szőnyi / Tuesday, October 10, 2017
New Dimensions in Testimony will be exhibited in the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience, enabling visitors to interact with the project’s filmed testimonies of 13 survivors, including seven who live in the Chicago area.
New Dimensions in Testimony, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
From Oct. 24-26 at the USC Shoah Foundation office in Los Angeles, education staff guided the attendees through methodologies of building testimony-based educational content in IWitness and discussed plans and expectations for each institution moving forward.
fafg, chile, Guatemala, iwitness, education / Tuesday, November 7, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation launched the first in a series of educational activities developed in partnership with the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). The series incorporates testimony of Armenian Genocide survivors and their descendants with supplementary videos from AGBU WebTalks, and is available to students through the Institute’s award-winning educational website, IWitness.
Armenian Genocide, education, iwitness, AGBU / Thursday, December 14, 2017
In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, and to commemorate the 25th anniversary and re-release of Schindler’s List, USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have partnered to create Teaching with Testimony – a new educational program that unlocks the powerful classroom potential of testimony.
schindler list, Teaching with Testimony, discovery education / Monday, November 5, 2018
The initiative will support educators by providing them with tools and training to responsibly engage their students now and into the future.
/ Tuesday, August 22, 2017
As it nears two years of official programming, the IWitness Detroit program has changed the face of testimony-based education in Michigan.
detroit, iwitness detroit / Friday, June 9, 2017
IWitness will be one of several educational resources demonstrated to teachers at the Eva and Eugene Schlesinger Teacher Training Endowed Workshop July 10-14, 2017, at California State University Long Beach.
iwitness / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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