Lunch & Learn: Embracing our Humanity and Diversity 

1st & 3rd Tuesdays of Every Month (Virtual)

Live from 12:00-1:00pm (PT) on Zoom. Or watch at your convenience online. Programs are posted the following day.  Closed captioning available. 

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"Embracing our Humanity and Diversity" is a 5-part series sponsored by Verizon. 


You can register for one or more programs using the form linked above. A Zoom link will be emailed to you for each program. 


Gail Gaspar 900x550Unpacking Threads of Trauma

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 12-1pm (PT)

With Gail Weiss Gaspar | Register Now

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Hear from executive coach and memoir author, Gail Weiss Gaspar, about how she reckoned with family secrets and the legacy of her father's experience as a Holocaust survivor and how you can grow from trauma that may be holding you back from the life you want.

Gail Weiss Gaspar, MA, ACC, is a certified coach, an executive career strategist and the author of Carrying my Father’s Torch: From Holocaust Trauma to Transformation. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College, an M.A. in Education/Human Resource Development from The George Washington University, and Professional Certifications from both The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and International Coach Federation (ICF).



Bernice Lerner.2 900x550A Great Experiment in Educating Teenage Refugees: The Case of a Swedish International School

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | 12-1pm (PT)

With Dr. Bernice Lerner | Register Now

After World War II, the Swedish government took in and provided medical treatment for 7,000 sick survivors of Bergen-Belsen. In September 1945, the government issued an order for schooling to be offered to those under the age of 18, who had missed years of study on account of the war. In this presentation Dr. Lerner will show photographs of teachers and students at an “Internat” school her mother attended. She will share the complex process of recruiting distrustful adolescents, the challenges of teaching the "environmentally damaged" (many of the orphaned and homeless teens were bitter and disillusioned), and the instructors' formidable goals and "experimental" methods.

Dr. Bernice Lerner is the author of All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen,, and other writings on the Holocaust and on virtue ethics. As director of Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility, Bernice lectured widely and taught courses on character education and on the Holocaust. Most recently, she served as Dean of Adult Learning at Hebrew College.



Babafemi A Headshot2 450x275Closing the Impunity Gap: Justice for Atrocity Crimes in Africa

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | 12pm-1pm (PT)

With Dr. Babafemi Akinrinade, Associate Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity

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Join us for a presentation by the esteemed Professor Babafemi Akinrinade who will discuss the different means (national and international) for bringing perpetrators to justice for atrocity crimes committed in conflict countries in Africa. As justice for victims can been elusive with suspects fleeing to other countries, trials before foreign courts, especially in Euro-American countries have proved significant. What lessons can we derive from these experiences as we seek to close the impunity gap?

Babafemi Akinrinade is Professor of Human Rights at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, Bellingham (WA). His teaching and research focus on international law and international human rights and mass atrocities. He is the Associate Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University. He is the author of Atrocity Crimes, Atrocity Laws and Justice in Africa (2021).


Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed in these programs are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Holocaust Center for Humanity and its employees.    

Thank you to our 2022 Lunch-and-Learn Sponsors:

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The Frances Roth & Stanley R. Schill Foundation     Verizon




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Unpacking Threads of Trauma