America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond


A FREE professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers of social studies and/or Spanish

Bowling Green State University

October 12, 2017, 9 am–4:30 pm

What is fascism? Where did it come from? How does it impact human rights? How did ideology shape the Spanish Civil War and World War II? What legacies did they pass on in the decades since—in Spain, the U.S., Europe, and globally? Examine the history of world fascism from its peak in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) and WWII in Europe (1939–1945) through the Nuremberg Trials (1945–1946) to today. Study and discuss the impact of fascist thought and action on human rights through that decade of war, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the post-WWII era, with effects that reach into neo-Nazi, White Supremacist, and other present-day far-right movements in Europe, America, and around the globe.

Participants will:

  • Delve into a compelling mix of primary sources: letters, propaganda posters, photographs, film, literature and trial documents
  • Experience hands-on, inquiry-based activities to engage students with this powerful political and philosophical subject
  • Utilize practical tools to facilitate classroom discussion and student analysis of controversial topics
  • Trace links throughout U.S. and world history, civics and government, with a particular focus on Spanish language and culture (around the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath)
  • Create objectives-aligned activities to engage students with this unique and compelling era and its enormous impact
  • Learn effective strategies to teach content and literacy

Join scholars Peter Carroll (Stanford University) and Sebastiaan Faber (Oberlin College) and veteran educator James Lane (Ohio Council for the Social Studies) for a day of teaching, learning and discussion. This workshop is offered in English with Spanish language breakout sessions. 

Participants will receive:

Space is limited to 40 participants. Registration is required. Deadline to register is September 29, 2017.

For more information on the workshop, contact Sebastiaan Faber.

Register here

This event is jointly organized by the Abraham Lincoln Brigades Archive, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of History at Bowling Green State University, and the Ohio Council for Social Studies. We are thankful for sponsorship by the Puffin Foundation, and BGSU's School of Teaching & Learning, Department of Political Science, Department of World Languages & Cultures, and Jerome Library.