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The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights: Act 70 Requirements and Curricular Implications

Sep 24, 2015 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

This event will discuss the components of Act 70, a law recently implemented for the 2015–2016 school year that outlines how the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights may be instructed in all secondary schools in Pennsylvania.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is working in collaboration with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Social Studies Network to explore ways teachers can instruct on these topics using engaging and relevant materials and information.

The event will begin with a brief synopsis of Act 70 by Ms. Sally Flaherty of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This will be followed by a presentation on Holocaust instruction presented by Mr. Matthew Hamilton, Education Program Manager at the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh.

After lunch, Dr. Taylor Seybolt, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh will give a presentation on Human Rights Considerations for Instruction. Ms. Angela Bruce–Raeburn, Program Officer, Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) will present on Teaching Genocide. Ms. Amiena Mahsoob, Director of Education Programs at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will provide resources for teachers.

Four (4) Act 48 hours will be awarded.

This is a free event.

Please contact Paul Cindric at or Amiena Mahsoob at

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