Paul Silverman ’13 writes in:
Last Spring, several Wesleyan students began working with Johanna Justin-Jinich’s family and the Anti-Defamation League to bring JULIA’S STAR into 5th grade classrooms around Middletown. JULIA’S STAR tells a story about the injurious effects of intolerance, and how curiosity, friendship, knowledge and trust can overcome prejudice. Written and illustrated by 15-year old Johanna, the story reflects her personal identity, and her history as a descendant of survivors of the Holocaust. It reveals her nascent interest in helping others transcend their old cultural roots to overcome barriers that foment misunderstanding, intolerance and injustice.
In addition to reading and discussing the story itself, the student facilitators conducted activities to catalyze discussion about difference and how to understand/ appreciate diversity of others. We are hoping to expand the program’s reach to more schools this Spring.
If you are interested in being involved in this project, please come an information session at Tuesday, April 3 at 4PM or Wednesday, April 4 at 8PM (Usdan 136 Hicks Meeting Room). For more information, contact mhsu(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Date: Tuesday, April 3rd or Wednesday, April 4th
Time: 4pm on Tuesday // 8pm on Wednesday
Place: Usdan 136