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TEACHERS WORKSHOP– Ethnic Cleansing: When Does it Become Genocide?

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


In cooperation and with the support of the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education

FREE OF CHARGE –Breakfast and Lunch Included

Approved Workshop for Certification Renewal (5 Hours)

Assists in Adopting and Implementing N.J. Core Curriculum Standards Language Arts 3.1 Social Studies 6.1­6.3 World Languages 7.1 and 7.2

Although the term “ethnic cleansing” gained currency after its use by the media to describe Serb initiatives to remove non-Serbs, especially Muslim Bosnians, from its territories during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the phenomenon of forcibly removing unwanted populations has been with us for much longer and persists into the present.  The goal of this workshop is to assist teachers in learning about its occurrence and how it relates to the development of genocide, so that they are able to bring into their classrooms a meaningful discussion of the topic.


8:30-9 a.m. 

Registration and Refreshments 

9-9:05 a.m. 


Dr. Michael A. Riff, Director

The Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey

9:05-9:35 a.m. 

Mandate Overview

Holocaust and Genocide Education in Confronting Bigotry 

Lawrence Glaser, Executive Director

New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education

9:40-10:50 a.m.


Ethnic Cleansing: Development of a Phenomenon and a Term

Dr. Laura Cohen

Executive Director, The Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC), Queensborough Community College, the City University of New York

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 

Personal Stories of Victims: Lessons for the Classroom

Jill McCracken

Holmdel High School (Ret.)

12:15-1 p.m.



A Survivor Speaks from Experience

To be announced

2:20-3 p.m.

Wrap-Up Discussion


Trustees Pavilion (PAV 1-2)
Ramapo College
Mahwah, NJ 07430 United States
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