Every day, students face moral dilemmas. Is it okay to say that someone’s joke is racist? When is someone “just kidding” and when is it hate speech? Last summer, we witnessed blatant hate speech in the streets of our country.
We need to respond.
On January 11, 2018, 60 teachers from around New Jersey joined Chhange for a hands-on workshop for our upcoming student art installation, Stand Up Against Hate. Many of these teachers took part in our 4 previous student art installations, Through Their Eyes, Facing Racism, Illuminating Images, and 100 Days of Silence. These installations are available for touring, please see their individual pages for more information.
This year's topic, Stand Up Against Hate, is directly connected to the 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The workshop focused on showing how the young superheroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising can inspire and empower young people today to stand up against hate. Chhange speakers included Director of Education Jane Denny, art educator Arlene Smelson, and educator Susan Stein.
Our keynote speaker for this event was Chief Investigator David D'Amico, who has extensive knowledge regarding bias crimes and hate crimes in the New Jersey area, and has served as an anti-bias crime educator for years. Chief Investigator D'Amico will also be our Keynote Speaker for our 2018 Colloquium: Stand Up Against Hate. Colloquium takes place Wednesday, May 9th and costs $6.00 per person. You can learn more and register for Colloquium 2018 here.
The 2018 Student Art Installation, Stand Up Against Hate, will open on May 9, 2018 during the Colloquium. It will be available through the summer at the Center for Visual Arts at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft Campus). Please check our website for more information as the date approaches.
We invite all educators throughout New Jersey and surrounding areas to attend our annual Educators Art Workshop, in preparation for the Annual Student Art Installation. Information for the 2019 workshop will be available on our website beginning October 2018.