Danny M. Cohen
Lecturer, SESP Undergraduate Program
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
BiographyDanny M. Cohen is a learning scientist and lecturer at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, specializing in social program design; Holocaust education, memory, and memorialization; and qualitative methodologies for studying learning and organizational change. Danny was appointed by Governor Quinn to the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. And he sits on the editorial advisory board of the British journal The Holocaust in History and Memory. Danny's research addresses the challenges and complexities of including the non-Jewish victims of Nazism within Holocaust education and commemoration. Concerned with the interdependency of Holocaust victimhoods and how socially constructed Holocaust memory affects the design of Holocaust curricula and museum exhibitions, Danny participated as a faculty fellow in the 2013 Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program. Danny designs and facilitates training workshops for Holocaust educators, focusing on appropriate (and inappropriate) methodologies for teaching about the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights. Danny created and facilitated the pedagogical track of the inaugural docent training program at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Currently, Danny is developing a new Holocaust studies middle and high school curriculum, centering around his new young adult historical novel "TRAIN" (in process). The novel and its accompanying curriculum address the interdependency and complexities of Jewish and non-Jewish Holocaust victim narratives.
Awards/Honors2013 - Outstanding Instructor Award
2012 - Faculty Honor Roll
2011 - Alumni Leadership Award
|2011||PhD, Learning Sciences||Northwestern University|
|2005||MA, Learning Sciences||Northwestern University|
|2011||Historical narratives in tension: Holocaust educators' perceptions of victimhood|
Selected PublicationsCohen, Danny M. (2012). Teaching about T4. The Holocaust in History and Memory, 5: 103-115.
Norris, Linda, Cohen, Danny M., and Mann, Stacey (2012). When histories horrify: Supporting visitorsí responses through responsible interpretation. History News: The Magazine of the American Association for State and Local History, 67(4): 16-20.
Mann, Stacey & Cohen, Danny M. (2011). When a boxcar isn't a boxcar: Designing for human rights learning. Exhibitionist, 30(2) : 26-31.
Cohen, Danny M. (2011). Overlapping triangles: Teaching the interdependency of Holocaust victimhoods. The Holocaust in History and Memory, 4: 41-60.
How are different forms of prejudice connected? How do collective acts of remembering and forgetting particular atrocities affect collective actions in the present? And how can we design learning environments that support young people to engage with the lessons of violent histories? My research combines the design of Holocaust education -- grounded in canonical texts of Holocaust Studies -- with pedagogical design -- framed by core ideas within the field of the Learning Sciences. I focus on the pedagogical implications of educators' perceptions of Holocaust history, as well as how young people draw connections between Holocaust history and contemporary cases of oppression and atrocity. Underpinning my research is my interest in how the marginalization of particular collective memories lead to enduring exclusions of particular social groups.
|SESP 303||Program Development and Implementation Characteristics of successful programs in a variety of areas,including human development, education, social welfare,and health promotion.|
|SESP 351||Topics: Holocaust Memory, Memorials, and Museums What is Holocaust memory? How has Holocaust memory changed over time, and how does the Holocaust continue to affect our understanding of trauma, atrocity, and human rights today? This new seminar will address individual memory, including survivor and witness testimony, memory and trauma, and the impact of the Holocaust on survivors' families and communities. We will also explore collective Holocaust memory and the development of mainstream Holocaust narratives. We will consider Jewish, non-Jewish, and national Holocaust memorialization, including rituals of commemoration and the establishment and development of Holocaust memorials, museums, and institutions in the United States and around the world. Course texts -- including film and fiction -- will support us to ask questions about the relationships between individual and collective memories, as well as between commemoration and education. Evaluation will consist of class and online participation, reflection papers, and a take-home midterm. The course will culminate in a student-led final presentation and project.|
|SESP 383||Practicum in Human Development - LOC Section LOC Section|
|SESP 385||Practicum Analysis Seminar - LOC Section In conjunction with the Practicum, students will integrate and apply what they learn from their onsite observations, writing field notes, readings, and discussions with classmates to ongoing analysis throughout the quarter.|
|SESP 387||Practicum: Learning & Organizational Change|
|TEACH_ED 351||Topics: The Holocaust and Education: The 21st Century In this class, we will learn about the development, current state, and future of Holocaust education in the 21st Century. We will consider and debate the complexities and challenges of Holocaust pedagogy, including responding to learnersí emotions and misconceptions, as well as consider various ways to frame Holocaust history. We will explore the goals of educating about the Holocaust, the merits and complexities of addressing all of the Nazisí target groups, and Holocaust educationís relationship to genocide education. Final Projects will provide students with the opportunity to choose, compare, and analyze the qualities, problems, and opportunities of two educational artifacts (such as non-fiction, fiction, film, witness testimony, a school curriculum, a museum or online exhibition, a community program, a training resource for educators, and so on).|
|2011||Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission||Commissioner||www.hgc.illinois.gov|
|2012||The Holocaust in History and Memory||Member of Editorial Advisory Board|
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