NIU offers trip about Armenian Genocide

DEKALB—In 1915, the Ottoman Empire killed perhaps as many as 1,500,000 Armenians simply because they were Armenians. Many people remember the Holocaust, but how many remember the Armenian Genocide? How many think of Africa or Southeast Asia when they think of genocide? Knowledge is key to awareness, so the Illinois legislature passed a new mandate that requires all teachers in public schools to include a unit on global genocide.

In response, Northern Illinois University (NIU) will offer a Genocide and Human Rights Summer Institute for teachers, June 19-30, 2006, including a week on NIU’s DeKalb campus and four days in Washington, D.C., visiting museums and meeting with international experts. The early registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 15.

The program will prepare educators to meet state and district-mandated goals by addressing the history and legacy of genocide and human rights, as well as techniques for tastefully and respectfully presenting graphic images in the classroom.

During the NIU class sessions, teachers will read historical, psychological, philosophical, political, legal, and literary texts. Every evening, they will view and discuss related films and documentaries. The four-day segment in Washington, D.C., will include meetings with leading scholars, national and international political leaders, members of human rights organizations, and survivors of genocide. Teachers may earn CPDU or graduate academic credit for their participation.

The institute fee includes a round-trip, Chicago-Washington, D.C., flight, Metropass, room and board in DeKalb and Washington, D.C., museum admission, and all instruction and materials. Teachers focusing on Southeast Asian studies may be eligible to receive partial fellowships/scholarships. Teachers can register after Dec. 15, but the fee will be slightly more expensive.

For more information about the Genocide and Human Rights Summer Institute, or to register, call (815) 753-0277 or visit

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue

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