Difficult Decisions in Uncertain Times: Hope and Agency during the Armenian Genocide

Today's uncertainty and instability provide an opportunity to teach about the profound transformative power of hope and agency - taking individual and cooperative action to affect positive change.  Learn to teach about the Armenian Genocide, while providing students examples of personal choices made by ordinary people that students can relate to their own lives. As our world is rapidly changing, we'll also explore the concept of remembrance and its influential role in our personal and public lives.


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Secondary Level Educators


W16 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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  • Sara Cohan

    Sara Cohan serves as the Education Director of The Genocide Education Project, where she has worked for thirteen years. Her background combines research, study, curriculum development and teaching. She is a Museum Teacher Fellow for the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Memorial and has worked extensively with the USC Shoah Foundation. In 2001, Cohan was named the Research Fellow for Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and later served on their advisory board in 2012. She also studied in Mexico as a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays scholarship and studied Islamic influences in Europe as a fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was an expert lecturer at the Council of Europe's European Youth Centre in Budapest in 2009 and has worked with the Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute in Yerevan. Cohan has written articles and designed educational materials for a variety of organizations and publications. In 2015, a lesson plan she created appeared in the New York Times. She has twice published articles in Social Education and wrote a feature piece for Teaching Tolerance in 2002. She had essays published in Evoking Genocide (Key Publishing) and Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians (Facing History and Ourselves). Cohan has written lesson plans and units for ABC CLIO publishing, POV Documentaries, GLSEN, ACLU of Northern California amongst other education and human rights oriented associations. She has a Master’s degree in Social Science Education and was a high school social studies teacher in Florida. She is the granddaughter of an Armenian Genocide survivor.