Courage to Confront Discussion GroupThe Discussion Group is temporarily suspended
Have you ever found yourself unable to say what you wanted to when it needed to be said? Have you watched someone be abusive or demeaning to another and remained silent because you were scared? Have you failed to intervene in a situation because you weren’t sure what to do? Have you been the recipient of abuse and not known how to respond productively? Would you like to be a person who takes principled, constructive and effective action at the critical moment? Would you like to build bridges instead of walls when communicating with others who share a very different point of view?
If so, Courage to Confront may be for you. Formed for the express purpose of supporting individuals to effectively address issues of hatred and intolerance as they arise in the world around us, we meet on a monthly basis at the museum. Get all the details.
We speak on a regular basis to students and teachers at schools al around Albuquerque but encourage groups to come in to the museum because their experience onsite will far surpass anything they could learn from a speech brought to their school.These
presentations focus on both historical events and strategies for dealing
with hate, bullying and other forms of intolerance in today's world.We stress the need for respect
and acceptance of other people and other cultures. We have participated in the University of New Mexico's annual Peace Fair and
served as an educational resource for KNME's (a PBS local affiliate) seminar on the televised program Faces of America.
We present panel discussions on topics such as the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Diary of Anne Frank in conjunction with other organizations such as the Santa Fe Opera, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System, and the El Rey Theater.
We sponsor movies. For example, we showed, in conjunction with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System and the El Rey Theater, Colors of the Holocaust on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, January 27, 2010, in the El Rey.
In 2009, we featured Varian Fry, Assignment: Rescue, 1940-1941, an exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Text and photos for Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage were provided by Malka Drucker and Gay Block of Santa Fe.
Other special events
From time to time, we co-sponsor other special events, such as a dance performance by Keshet and candlelighting ceremony commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day and a seminar by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem on the historical, political and spiritual implications of the Holocaust and modern threats of genocide. We provided speakers for a screening and discussion on the documentary Inheritance from the PBS P.O.V. award-winning nonfiction film series.
We are developing a library of books, articles, videos, and other materials for use in research projects.
Creation of a study guide, Genocide in History, was funded by Bernalillo County. The sections in the loose-leaf binder address these exhibits: the African American Experience; Changing Destinies of Native Americans; Armenian & Greek Genocides; World War II -- The Holocaust, and Conflict in Rwanda. It is free to Bernalillo County middle and high school teachers. Eventually this study guide will available to download from this website.