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POSTPONED :Teacher Workshop: “The United States and World Fascism: Human Rights from the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond”

May 20, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Co-sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, the Jean Monnet Center for Comparative Populism, and the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program.

What is fascism? Where did it come from? How does it impact human rights? How did ideology shape the Spanish Civil War and WWII? What legacies did they pass on in the decades since–in Spain, the U.S., Europe, and globally? What does it look like today, given the worldwide rise of a new radical right?

Examine the history of world fascism from its peak in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and WWII in Europe (1939-1945) through the Nuremberg Trials (1945-1946) to today. Study and discuss the impact of fascist thought and action on human rights through that decade of war, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the post-WWII era, with effects that reach into neo-Nazi, White Supremacist, and other present-day far-right movements in Europe, America, and around the globe.

Participants will:

  • Delve into a compelling mix of primary sources: letters, propaganda posters, photographs, film, literature, and including trial documents and laws
  • Experience hands-on, inquiry-based activities to engage students with this powerful political and philosophical subject
  • Utilize practical tools to facilitate classroom discussion and student analysis of controversial topics and of bias
  • Trace links throughout U.S. and World History, Civics and Government, with a particular focus on Spanish language and culture (around the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath)
  • Create standards-aligned activities to engage students with this unique and compelling era and its enormous impact
  • Learn powerful strategies to teach content and literacy
  • Have students engage with essential questions: Why should we care about events that happen far away or that happened a long time ago? How do we decide who is on the right side of an armed conflict? When do we stand up for what we believe in? What are our obligations in the face of injustice? How do we resolve competing loyalties? When is it right, or necessary, for a powerful country like the US to intervene in a conflict going on elsewhere?

Please note: This workshop is appropriate for teachers of 6th through 12th grade. The May 20, 2020 is tentative at this time.

Presenters: Kata Beilin, Faculty Director LACIS, and Juan Egea, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and a featured speaker from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Questions? Please contact Kata Beilin, kobeilin@wisc.edu


May 20, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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206 Ingraham
1155 Observatory Dr
Madison, WI 53706