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PR # 119 January 2, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) has received a $2,950 grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The grant will help support a four-day workshop in June for teachers in grades 6-12.

The workshop, ?The Educators? Summer Institute on Social Justice: Confronting Injustice,? will engage teachers in developing lesson plans that focus on ways to respond to and overcome injustices, as both an individual and a society. The program will be held June 23-26 at the College?s North Branch Campus.

RVCC, with its Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and its Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice, is well suited to present the workshop and will use the resources of these two institutes to infuse the workshop with content and relevance.

The four-part series will examine three case studies of resistance and change and the role that media and the law have played in bringing about the resistance and change. The workshop will conclude with a discussion about how students and teachers can confront injustice today while making a difference.

The program seeks 12-15 teachers from Hunterdon and Somerset County middle and high schools, as well as social studies and language arts teachers statewide, interested in addressing the Amistad legislation and Holocaust and genocide mandates. The summer institute is free and will provide a stipend to participants who successfully complete their curriculum projects.

The workshop will be led by RVCC faculty, public school teachers and Peter Nelson, director of Facing History?s New York Regional Office. Peppy Margolis, RVCC Cultural Outreach program manager, coordinates all programs related to the Holocaust and Genocide and Robeson institutes with RVCC faculty and staff and community educators to provide appropriate scholarship and experience.

The program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendation in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

For more information or to register, contact Peppy Margolis at 908-526-1200, ext. 8524.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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