New Online Module for the 2011 Curriculum Development Workshop on the Bosnian Genocide

Violence Overload? Promoting Sensitivity to Human Suffering: The Case of Bosnia

In 2011, REEEC brought together a group of scholars and educators to design a campus workshop to support secondary school teachers and community college faculty in developing curriculum material that addresses crimes of genocide. Reflecting on the case of the Bosnian War of the 1990s, the workshop explored the challenge of teaching students to think about the complex social and psychological dynamics of national, ethnic, and religious violence in a way that avoids reinforcing stereotypes about the social groups involved, and that which promotes sensitivity to human suffering. The material encompasses Illinois Compiles Statues 105 ILCS 5 School Code, Section 27-20.3, the mandate to address in public school curriculum, crimes of genocide across the globe in order to “defer indifference to human suffering.”

This content is now available online, and is accessible to any scholar or educator at no cost. In order to gain access to the materials, users are asked to fill out a request form: Once the form is completed, users will be directed to the materials via a link on the form’s thank-you screen.  REEEC will send any additional materials needed (films, books, etc.) at no charge.

These curricula were designed to be used within 9-12 and Community College courses. Additionally, the curricula can serve as supplemental material for collegiate survey courses.

REEEC would like to thank Judith Pintar, Rob Whiting, Richelle Bernazolli, and Elena Jakel for developing the content for the original workshop, and Adam Schmitt for developing the curriculum guides.  REEEC also appreciates the efforts of Adam and Judith to convert the content for online access.

Film Screening – Three Stories of Galicia

email-able movie flyerNov 30, 2011


Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum; 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

REEEC is pleased to announce a screening of the Ukrainian Documentary “Three Stories of Galicia” directed by Olha Onyshko & Sarah Farhat the week after thanksgiving here in Urbana-Champaign.

Olha Onyshko, an American University Alumnus, will be in attendance during the screening to share the process of filming this documentary and answering questions posed by the audience. She is originally from Western Ukraine, from the region of Galicia. She began her career in Ukraine as a broadcast journalist. She worked for almost 10 years in communications, running public education campaigns to promote democracy and market reforms in Ukraine for several international development organizations. When working for the World Bank, she provided training and support for NGOs in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.

In 2002, she moved to the United States, worked as a reporter for Voice of America and then in 2006 went back to school to obtain her Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Electronic Media. After producing and directing several short films, Olha completed the production of feature-length documentary Three Stories of Galicia in 2010.

Upcoming Screenings, press articles, interviews and reviews may be found on the film’s website:

To see the trailer, please see the vimeo clip below:

Upcoming Screenings:

November 15-21, 2011 – TOUR IN UKRAINE : KYIV, KHARKIV, LVIV, CHERNIVTSI, ODESA – Filmmakers will be in attendance

December 1st, 2011 – 6.30 PM – Chicago, IL, USA
Location: Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
Time: 6:00 PM Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers and Reception.
Filmmakers Olha Onyshko and Sarah Farhat will be in attendance.
For more information and to reserve tickets, or call: (312) 742-5320.

-December 2nd, 2011 – 7 PM – Chicago, IL, USA
Location: Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL
Time: 7:00 PM Screening of film excerpts| Panel discussion: Multicultural Galicia, Past and Present | Meet the filmmakers
Filmmakers Olha Onyshko and Sarah Farhat will be in attendance.
Admission is free but space is limited. RSVP to (312) 421-8020

-December 8, 2011 – 7 PM – Bethesda, MD, USA
Location: Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Time: 7:00 PM Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers
Ticket information coming soon.

Additional Reviews, blog posts, and synopsis of the documentary may be found at: