Assyrian Genocide: Connections Between Memory and Identity


Saturday, August 8, 2020

12:30pm to 2:00pm EST

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the connection between memory and identity by reflecting on stories of Assyrian Genocide survivors and their descendants. Using primary and secondary sources, participants will seek to understand why genocide occurs, why it persists, and how Assyrians have grappled with their tragic past throughout history. They will examine the deep sense of responsibility, carried by survivors and their descendants, to preserve the memory of these events and share these stories with the world and with future generations. Through this exploration, participants will make strengthened connections between a collective, shared history and their individual role in the modern world.

Participants will be asked to prepare for the workshop by reading an article beforehand, and to bring a journal and writing utensil. Participants will be discussing topics and central questions in breakout rooms as well as a large group format. Use of participant video is encouraged, but not required.


Amanda Slefo is a US History and Civics teacher at Evanston Township High School. Additionally, she teaches one English Language Learning History course. Prior to teaching at ETHS, she taught at Niles West High School, where she was the Assyrian Club Sponsor. Before her American teaching career began, she taught in Nablus, Palestine for the nonprofit NGO Tomorrow's Youth Organization, through which she led professional development courses at An-Najah University, English courses to elementary-age children, and Zumba classes. Amanda is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University and National Louis University. She is a world traveler and has been to countries like Morocco, Portugal, Bulgaria, Australia, Spain, Italy, Greece and many more. She was proudly raised by a single mother who taught her all things Assyrian.

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