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Series of webinars ‘Hi-story Lessons – methods and resources for history teaching’

23 November 2022, 5-6:15 pm

How to spot historical fake news? Resources and tools for history teachers

Speaker: Łukasz Kamiński

During the webinar, we will present ready-to-use educational resources about disinformation and memory conflicts.

Łukasz Kamiński will explain how to verify information available online and show that disinformation has been present in our communication for centuries. Historical disinformation is a very dangerous phenomenon. It can serve to destabilise the internal situation in individual states, provoke and intensify conflicts between them, and damage their international image. Suffice it to mention that the current war between Russia and Ukraine was preceded by a huge disinformation campaign using history as one of its pillars, the aim of which was not only to build a negative image of Ukraine, but also to weaken the role of the Central and Eastern European countries in the European Union. Fortunately, we are not helpless in the face of historical disinformation. The aim of the webinar will be to highlight simple methods and resources available online to help verify information. By developing a few habits in students and teaching them the basic methods used by historians and journalists, we can increase the chances that they avoid being manipulated by the creators of disinformation.

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Łukasz Kamiński – historian, specialising in history of communism and anti-communist resistance. Assistant professor at the University of Wrocław. 2000–2016 at the Institute of National Remembrance, 2011–2016 as its President. 2017–2021 president of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Currently Director of the Ossolinski National Institute. Co-editor (with Grzegorz Waligóra) of the history of Solidarity (in six volumes, 2010).

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19 October 2022, 4-5:15 pm

Resources for history teachers: an educational kit about the Holocaust

Speaker: Martyna Grądzka-Rejak

During the webinar, we will discover free resources available on the ‘Hi-story Lessons’ platform, such as infographics, maps, different sources, lessons plans and animations. Martyna Grądzka-Rejak will present an educational kit about the Holocaust including a selection of very interesting photos and texts from various archives. We will focus on didactical methods applied in those lesson plans. During this webinar, you can learn about the vast diversity of materials offered by the ENRS and the possibility of using them during classes with students. The whole teaching package includes topic since 1933 and Hitler’s/the Nazi’s rise to power, through the mechanism of exclusion, the Second-World-War genocide, as well as post-war dilemmas and changes. Teachers can use it delivering different school courses as well as with students of different age and varied knowledge. The speaker will try to show how those difficult issues can be adopted or included in school curricula.

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Martyna Grądzka-Rejak, PhD, historian and educator, graduated from the Institute of History at the Pedagogical University in Krakow and the Department of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She currently works in the Warsaw Ghetto Museum as well as the Historical Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance. Her research focuses on the history and culture of Polish Jews the Holocaust and wartime fate of Jewish women and families in particular. She has conducted research in the USA, Israel, Germany and Poland. Her doctoral thesis focuses on Jewish women in occupied Krakow (1939–1945). She has received several awards and scholarships, such as a scholarship from the Foundation for Polish Science and the Polish Prime Minister’s award. She was also a finalist of the Scientific Award of the Polityka weekly. She is the author of several articles and books.