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Combating Bigotry, Celebrating Diversity & Protecting Democracy

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
1:15 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

South Campus Pavilion, Towson University

Event and onsite parking are complimentary upon registration.

Towson University faculty and guests will address topics outlined in the agenda.


  •  Khalid Arar, Ph.D.
  • Forget Me Not Exhibit.  Joyce Garcynski & Ashley Todd-Diaz
  • Faculty Book Display. Cole Reilly, Ph.D.
  • Book Table: Enhancing Values of Dignity, Democracy, and Diversity in Higher Education. Tamra, Ketko, Ph.D.
  • Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D. shares his unique story from discovering that his father was a Nazi war hero; to learning about Judaism; serving in the Israeli IDF; and teaching about dignity and peace.

  • Tamar Ketko, Ph.D. : Restarting the study of democratic values and human dignity in Higher education.

  • Hana Bor, Ph.D. : Teaching the Holocaust in an era of rising antisemitism and hate crime incidents.

  • Hana Bor Ph.D. : Moderator
  • Nimrod Aloni, Ph.D. : Law never made men a whit more just: shifting from citizenship education to education of democratic personality
  • Sharon Jones-Eversley, DrPH. : When we know better, shouldn't we educate better? "Pedagogical due diligence is necessary to disrupt bigotry and social constructs."
  • Rebecca Shargel, Ed.D. : Education to strengthen democracy: Facing difficult American history through simulation
  • Liyan Song, Ph.D. : Diversity in the application of technologies in education across different cultures
  • Remarks, Chris Chulos, Dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Keynote, Nimrod Aloni, Ph.D.
  • Tamar Ketko, Ph.D. : Moderator
  • Khalid Arar, Ph.D. : Im/migration, Education and Leadership: Policy, Practice, and Schooling for a World at War
  • Gilda Martinez-Alba, Ph.D. : Counternarratives and Storytelling: Providing the Time and Space for Antiracist Education
  • Cole Reilly, Ph.D. : Confronting Privilege as Pedagogy: Teaming Up to Challenge Students to Meaningfully Explore Matters of Identity & Social Justice
  • Robert Rook, Ph.D. : Democracy vs. Diversity in the Mississippi River Valley, 1927-2005
  • Closing Remarks

Kosher reception with musical entertainment

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  • Baltimore Hebrew Institute
  • Towson University
    • College of Liberal Arts
    • College of Education
    • Albert S. Cook Library
    • Department of Family Studies & Community Development
  • The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning at Beth El Congregation
Hebew Keyboard

Modern Hebrew Adult Education

Spring Session, beginning January 24th

The Baltimore Hebrew Institute in partnership with the Baltimore Zionist District and Congregations Beth El, Beth Israel, Chizuk Amuno and Har Sinai-Oheb Shalom present Hebrew adult education classes:

Ten sessions:  7:00-8:15 P.M. 
Registration fee $210.  Registration link at top of page.

Beth El Congregation 8101 Park Heights Ave.  Pikesville, MD 21208

Course Dates:  2023: 1/24; 1/31; 2/7; 2/14; 2/21; 2/28; 3/14; 3/21; 3/28; 4/4

Absolute Beginner:  Learn basic language concepts, such as the Hebrew alphabet, which are the foundations of learning Hebrew. No prior experience with the language is necessary.

Beginner l: Learn vocabulary to converse, in simple terms, about topics such as the weather, clothing, and food. Students should be able to read phonetically and write the alphabet in Hebrew.

Beginner ll :The class will continue to build on an existing foundation to grow students' vocabulary and grammar skills. Students should be able to read and write basic Hebrew and have a vocabulary word bank to converse on simple topics concerning themselves and another person.

Beginner III: Students should be comfortable with the skills through Beginner II.  Instruction will focus on building students’ vocabulary and the utilization of past and future tense to communicate more complex ideas in conversation.

Intermediate: The class will practice every day informal conversations in conjunction with developing reading and writing skills. Students should be comfortable reading, writing, and conversing on everyday topics including home, work, health, etc. Students should also be able to speak in both past and future tense.

Advanced course: Students should be comfortable in speaking and comprehending the Hebrew language. This course is conducted entirely in Hebrew and will focus on the continued development of Hebrew conversation and reading skills.

QUESTIONS? Contact Diane Seegull, program coordinator, at 410-704-7118 or

Recordings of Past Lectures:


The Ethics of Rescue: True Stories Behind Bergen-Belsen's Liberation

Dr. Bernice Lerner

Link to Recorded Webinar

Event recorded March 23, 2022

In this author's talk: Dr. Bernice Lerner will discuss events that led a Holocaust survivor, Rachel Genuth, and a British medical director, Glyn Hughes, to Bergen-Belsen, and why their narratives tell larger, little-known stories about the suffering of victims, the struggles of liberators, and about the human capacity for fortitude and redemption.  


Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes

The Sraiah and Chana Shoubin Lecture

Jeremy Benstein, Ph.D.

Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World

Link to Recorded Webinar

Event recorded April 12, 2021

Why does Hebrew matter?  And how does engagement with the language enrich Jewishness?

Jeremy Benstein is an educator and author. He holds a BA in linguistics from Harvard, a master's degree in Judaic studies from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the Hebrew University. He is the author of two books, The Way Into Judaism and the Environment (Jewish Lights, 2006) and Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language In a Global World (Behrman House, 2019).