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Frank Rizzo Statue at Philadelphia's Municipal Services Building. Credits: Stephen M Scott

Monuments Matter: A comment on Philadelphia


In one of our recent articles, we posed the question: do monuments matter? Last weekend, the protests following the murder of George Floyd in the United States provided a clear answer to our question. Philadelphia, like dozens of cities across America, became the scene of mass protests. In Philadelphia, the protests also resulted in the vandalism of  a statue of the city's controversial former mayor and strong opponent of desegregation, Frank Rizzo.  In light of the protests, Philadelphia's current mayor placed the removal of the statue high on the agenda. Coming amid a pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 Americans and left 40 million unemployed, the statue's swift removal serves as a pointed reminder of the prominent role that statues can have in public affairs. 

Read the full article of Marie-Louise Jansen, director of EuroClio's Contested Histories initiative, on our website -> 

Online Course on Online Teaching

Though lockdown restrictions are easing in various countries across Europe, online teaching remains the default in most countries. Are you in need of some inspiration to keep going? 

Then follow our online crash course on online teaching!

In our two most recent lessons of the online course, we explore a few useful tools such as Canva and MindMup. We publish all recordings on our YouTube channel: Subscribe or register below to receive the latest updates straight into your inbox and learn at your own pace!

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Opportunities

EuroClio and Dutch Broadcasting Company VPRO have joined forces to create online and free educational resources, based on the VPRO documentary series on Modern European History ‘In Europe – History Caught in the Act’, presented by Dutch best-selling author Geert Mak. In the past months, more than 40 schools across Europe were matched and worked with two Education Kits: Difficult History and Migration.

The project will start with a new round of school matchings in October and November 2020, introducing two new additional Education Kits: Climate Change and Gender Equality. The newly developed @HomeTutorial provides tips and tricks on how to complete the project from home, when you are not able to leave the house. This makes the project perfectly suitable for teachers and students in times of social distancing and closed schools. 

 
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Preview: The Multiperspectivity dilemma

We are currently in the pilot phase for the eLearning Platform on Remembrance Education - and we need your input! The platform was created by the RETHINK team, and contains eight modules with theoretical content and practical advice and activities to use in the classroom on a series of topics, including the use of digital archives, fighting prejudices and stereotypes, video testimonies, and a brand new module on Multiperspectivity in Remembrance Education, created by EuroClio (see preview video above!).

We are looking for 20 members of our network to pilot different modules of the platform before its official launch. Those interested should reach out to Alice Modena at alice@euroclio.eu

 
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Time to plan your professional development activities again? Interested in meeting peers and colleagues from across Europe?

Our Annual Conference will take place in Belgrade 10-14 November and we invite you to secure your seat by registering online. This year's theme is Controversy and Disagreement in the Classroom, and the conference will feature a series of workshops, lectures, on-site learning, school visits, and social activities.  Not to be missed!

Tickets are available for individual days as well as the full conference. Learn more about the Conference programme on our webpage.

 
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Our latest reviews & blogs
We continue our review series of historical video games with 'Valient Hearts: The Great War', a puzzle-based adventure game set during the First World War. The game allows its players to explore and experience the reality of the War through the perspective of four major characters. Our reviewer,  Elias Stouraitis, finds it suitable for secondary school students with the game portraying both the different parties to the war as well as civilians and victims.
Read the full review on our webpage ->
 
We have learned “history that is not yet history”
Our latest blog post takes us to Montenegro, where history teacher Igor Radulović shares the (online) classroom experiences when teaching and learning about the 1990s Wars in Yugoslavia. Igor has been using materials developed as part of the award-winning Learning history that is 'not yet history' project and through EuroClio's collaboration with the UN's International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. His teaching was broadcast on national television in Montenegro. 
Historiana Updates
New Source Collections available!
We are continuously working to expand our collections of free historical content on the Historiana portal. A number of new source collections are now available. Here's a sneak peak of three!
EuroClio - European Association of History Educators supports the development of responsible and innovative history, citizenship and heritage education by promoting critical thinking, multi-perspectivity, mutual respect, and the inclusion of controversial issues. Read more

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