Touro College Graduate School of Social Work and The Museum Of Jewish Heritage Present “Meeting Hate With Humanity”

Date: December 08, 2008
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New York, N.Y. - Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work, in collaboration with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, presented a program for graduate students and faculty entitled, “Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust” last week at the Museum’s A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, Manhattan. More than 100 students and faculty participated in the program.

The program explored human tragedies such as the Holocaust and the genocide in Darfur and offered an opportunity for participants to discuss lessons learned from these events by today’s social work professionals. Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work is the first graduate school to have participated in such a program at the Museum.

Dr. Steven Huberman, dean of the Touro Graduate School of Social Work, stated: "In today's global society, we are all interconnected. What happens in Darfur affects us here in New York everyday. Similarly, if we forget the tragic lessons of the Shoah, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. This is a unique and moving collaboration between Touro's Graduate School and the Museum of Jewish Heritage."

A lesson about the genocide in Darfur--an interactive workshop entitled, “Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By”-- took place following a guided tour of the exhibition. Museum educators provided background on the political and historical situation in Darfur and guided students through a close analysis of photographs, text, and drawings by Darfuri children.

In addition, social worker leader Mark Handelman, former CEO of The New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), presented a global analysis of refugee resettlement in today’s changing world.