Left to right: Shackles that bound the enslaved - a tragic reminder of the transatlantic slave trade (UN Photo/Mark Garten) Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Extermination and Death Camp (UN Photo/Evan Schneider) Survivor Innocente Nyirahabimana, she was 12 when her family was murdered during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (Photo: Myriam Abdelaziz)

Department of Global Communications Live Discussion Series

Beyond the long shadow: engaging with difficult histories is a live discussion series organized by the United Nations Department of Global Communications. The series is organized by the Remember Slavery Programmethe Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, and the Outreach Programme on the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the United Nations. The aim of the collaborative series is to develop a deeper understanding of the legacies of these painful histories – and through examining the past, consider how best to build a world that is just, where all can live in dignity and peace.




Date: Wednesday, 8 July 202O
Time: 11 a.m. EDT

Museums, Memorials and Memorialization after Atrocity – Communicating a Form of Ongoing Justice?

What role might statues, memorials, museums and memorialization after atrocity crimes, play in furthering the interests of justice?

An expert panel considers whether statues, memorials, museums and acts of memorialization might: a) empower victims and their descendants by serving as concrete expressions of public recognition of the grievous injury done to the victims; b) encourage an understanding of the agency of victims; c) encourage empathy and action to challenge existing inequities; d) counter the tendency to sentimentalize the past and ossify individuals and communities into particular roles.

What is it that a memorial or museum of atrocity crime is hoping to achieve for those injured in the past and their descendants? What of those for whom the history appears to have no immediate connection, and for those who were complicit or who benefitted from the atrocity?


Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT
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Educating against Racism


How can education and educators challenge racism, prejudice and discrimination - the legacies of histories of oppression, mass atrocities and genocide? How can teachers facilitate difficult conversations about identity, discrimination, racism and prejudice, and remind students of other legacy - the legacy of resistance, solidarity and empathy? "Educating against Racism" will explore these questions.

Following a discussion, the Anne Frank House will lead a workshop, introducing the online resource, Stories that Move – Toolbox against discrimination resource for educators and students. The Stories that Move resource creates spaces for difficult but rewarding conversations. It aims to move young people to empathy for others, to gain new perspectives, and to contribute to change. This presentation will show how visible thinking methods and blended learning can support educators to be inclusive. By using the personal stories of other young people learners are challenged to reflect on the choices they themselves make when faced with inequality and hate.