Teaching Difficult History: How Our Past Informs Our Present

July 30 -  August 1

Workshops include hands-on activities and PBL based activities

*Schedule is subject to change

Tuesday, July 30 - An Evening with the Arts
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Norfolk Academy • Johnson Theater
1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA


Welcoming Remarks by Elizabeth Lodal

Meet and greet with the conference speakers; light Hors d’oeuvres will be served

Original dance presentation by the Elbert Watson Dance Company

Wednesday, July 31
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Norfolk Academy • Batten Library
1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA



Opening Remarks from Christonya Brown

Keynote Address by Dr. Maia Sheppard: Emotions and Difficult Knowledge in Teaching the Holocaust

Workshop with Dr. Jeremy Stoddard: Teaching the Holocaust with Film

Keynote Address by Dr. Jeremy Stoddard: Teaching Difficult History Including Complex Contemporary Issues



Lunch & book sales



Workshop with Dr. Jeremy Stoddard: Teaching Controversial Issues and Civic Discourse

Keynote and workshop by Dr. Jeff Eargle: Using Graphic Novels to Teach the Holocaust

Thursday, August 1
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (approximate)

Trip to the Virginia Holocaust Museum
2000 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA
Transportation Provided


Talk and Q&A with Dr. Charles Sydnor: Why the Holocaust Matters, Today More Than Ever






Special educators’ tour of the newly remodeled Virginia Holocaust Museum

Tour of Holocaust by Bullets traveling exhibit