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Gemma Couglan, Naomi Yavneh Klos and Gert-Jan Wormmeester representing the Hanze Honours College and the Pillars of Democracy Team

What can the Holocaust teach us about how to address contemporary challenges such as systemic racism, antisemitism, stereotypes, and hatred?  "Pillars of Democracy," an online, international honours seminar offered through the Honours College at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, brought together faculty and students from across four continents not only to discuss problems, but to find solutions.  This session invites you to learn about three different responses developed by our students, in less than two months: a series of brief videos providing overviews of important topics such as feminism and white supremacy; an Instagram campaign that both educates and challenges participants to engage in small acts of lovingkindness; and a game that invites participants to understand those affected by the Holocaust as fully human, rather than passive victims.  Attendees of this session will learn about the projects, engage with them, and be able to ask questions of both students and instructors.










Gemma Coughlan - Programme Coordinator

Ph.Dc, M.Res., M.A. (hons).

Professor Naomi Yavneh Klos - Visiting Professor

Ph.D, A.B., M.A.
Loyola Uni., New Orleans

Gert Jan Wormmeester - Senior Lecturer


Hanze University, Groningen









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