Old Stories, New Formats: Contemporary Antisemitism and How to Stand Up Against It
Antisemitic propaganda represents an extreme example of how “the power of story” can be exploited to spread hate. In this workshop, participants will learn about the new online workshop Antisemitism – You Can Make A Difference, recently developed by the VHEC as a direct response to the rise of antisemitism in British Columbia, Canada and around the world. This online resource provides an overview about past and present forms of antisemitism, with a special focus on online hate, including anti-Jewish conspiracy theories. It provides practical step-by-step guidelines, conversation templates and media literacy enhancement tools that inspire students to become upstanders against antisemitism and other forms of racism.
In this interactive presentation, participants will engage with excerpts of the web-based resource while exploring lesson plans and student activities that foster curricular competencies such as critical thinking and reflection on social responsibility. Participants will have a chance to test their own media literacy and conversation skills when confronted with anti-Jewish content or behaviour. The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion about best practices for student empowerment to combat antisemitism and other forms of racism.
Teachers of students grades 10-12