Monday, July 10 — Friday, July 14, 2023
Victims of Communism Museum
900 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Educators will hear first-person testimony from survivors of Communist rule as well as receive instruction from leading experts, and learn about the newest tools and curriculum resources to teach their students about the legacy of Communism and its ongoing threat to freedom.
This year’s faculty includes Dr. Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, Dr. Paul Kengor, Dr. Jonathan Pidluzny, Catherine O’Connor, Dr. Naya Lekht, Steven W. Mosher, and Dr. Flagg Taylor.
Teachers will receive comprehensive lectures from seminar faculty on Communism, Totalitarianism, and Dissent, as well as insight into the lives and ideological influence of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong, with a newly added lecture on China Today. Teachers will learn about the complicated History of the Cold War, the many acclaimed films and works of literature written and made about Communism, and practical ways to execute effective Pedagogy in their classrooms.
Teachers will have the opportunity to meet with and hear from witnesses and survivors of Communism including Channy Chhi Laux, a survivor of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge’s killing fields; Tanel Kapper, who escaped imprisonment from the Red Army twice in Siberia and returning to Estonia; Merita McCormack, whose family members in Albania were branded "kulaks" and stripped of their property; and Lily Tang Williams, a compelling advocate for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party's regime of oppression.
VOC looks forward to welcoming teachers to Washington, DC this summer as we embark together on this valuable endeavor in education.
For more information about VOC’s free educational resources on Communism for teachers, and the latest news on how to apply to participate in the 2023 National Seminar for Middle School and High School Educators, visit our website at: .