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What Makes Difficult History Difficult with Magdalena Gross

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco, CA, 94115 US (map)

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets. 

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In this presentation, Professor Gross will examine the relationship between what Polish teens learn in school about the Holocaust and what they have absorbed from their cultural milieu. She will discuss how the research she conducted in Poland relates to contemporary thinking about history education and collective memory. While focusing primarily on the teaching of the Holocaust, she will also address the challenges and significance of facing difficult histories in high school classrooms more generally, whether in Poland or the United States.

Magdalena H. Gross is a senior research associate at the Center for the Support of Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University. She has taught at Stanford University, Brown University, and the University of Maryland, and is currently a visiting professor at the Graduate Theological Union.

Co-presented by Facing History and Ourselves, the JFCS Holocaust Center, and Taube Philanthropies.

Program made possible, in part, by Judah and Ruth Rosenwald.