“We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
Borrowing from a tradition set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he assumed office in 1933 and announced an aggressive agenda for his first 100 days, USC Shoah Foundation will offer 100 Days to Inspire Respect starting 20 January, 2017, when America swears in its 45th president.
100 Days to Inspire Respect is aimed at junior and senior high school teachers and their students and will run until 29 April. For those 100 days, the Education Department at USC Shoah Foundation will release a new IWitness activity, academic resource or professional-development opportunity based on testimony from the Institute's Visual History Archive.
IWitness is a free educational website that provides testimony-based learning experiences for students that inspire compassion and critical thinking, leading them to become more thoughtful and active citizens.
"After a long, contentious campaign season that saw tempers flare on all sides, 100 Days to Inspire Respect will offer a chance for students to reflect on what it means to be a decent and civil member of an ever-changing and complex society filled with different points of view," said USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education Kori Street.
Stephen Smith, Executive Director, and Kim Simon, Managing Director of the USC Shoah Foundation are both members of the US delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
Image: Dan Leshem and USC students view testimony. USC Shoah Foundation