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Capital District Council for the Social Studies  (Albany, NY)

Beyond The Conflict:Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East

  • 17 Oct 2017
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Jewish Federation Community Services Building, 184 Washington Avenue

Beyond The Conflict:Teaching and Learning about Israel and the Middle East 

“Anniversaries, Personalities and the Contemporary
Middle East: How to Share with your Students”

Seminar Featuring Professor Stephen M. Berk

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 A dynamic workshop for middle and high school teachers

Expand your knowledge base with relevant information presented in ways that reinforce “best practice” for engaging students.

We invite you to join Dr. Stephen Berk, distinguished Henry and Sally Schaeffer chair of Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Union College and former chair of the Department of History. He is an internationally respected authority on American foreign policy in the Middle East and frequently serves as a consultant for the media.

An inspiring and dynamic speaker, Professor Berk has spoken worldwide on issues related to Anti-Semitism, Israel, the Holocaust, and Russian history. Professor Berk has served as a Scholar-in-Residence for trips to Russia, Spain, Europe, Israel, and Eastern Europe. Professor Berk has received numerous honors including Citizen Laureate from the University at Albany Foundation, Faculty Meritorious Service Award at Union College, and the Holocaust Memorial Award from Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center.

An interactive discussion will follow the lecture, providing educators with an
opportunity to translate their learning into practice. The program will include
opportunities to develop skills in identifying and assessing supplementary
teaching materials that engage students that are historically and instructionally
sound with special reference to the New York State Standards, the C3 Framework,
and Common Core. Participants will receive a thumb drive and packet of
recommended curricular resources designed to increase students’ critical
thinking skills and their understanding of the multiple perspectives that exist in the Middle East. ICS’s new audiovisual materials, including animated videos that complement the content, will also be available.

Note: There is no fee, but registration is required. Please register by Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

A Certificate of Participation will be provided. For more information and to register, please contact Shelly Shapiro at 783-7800 or or Mary Miller, Capital District Council for the Social Studies, at

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