Tackling tough topics from racism and bullying to Indigenous identity and the holocaust, young adult fiction can challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking. Pictured here, an illustration from ‘Skim’ by Mariko Tamaki, the fictional diary of a depressed Japanese-Canadian girl.
Five novels for young adults that boldly tackle tough issues - from racism, to Indigenous identity and the Holocaust - to cultivate critical thinking in the classroom and at home.
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American comedian Larry David has drawn fire for his jokes about the Holocaust. But he draws on a long tradition of Jewish humour.
The winning design: a journey.
Making the memorial a 'statement of British values' risks confusing its purpose.
Detail from Gerhard Richter’s Reader (804), 1994 Oil on canvas.
72 x 102cm.
Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA Purchase through the gifts of Mimi and Peter Haas and Helen and Charles Schwab, and the Accessions Committee Fund: Barbara and Gerson Bakar, Collectors Forum, Evelyn D. Haas, Elaine McKeon, Byron R. Meye
Gerhard Richter - one of the giants of post-war German art - is elusive, enigmatic and seemingly impossible to pin down. The first retrospective exhibition of his work in Australia is a brilliant and challenging event.
Sirswindon / Wikimedia Commons
Hans Eysenck's denial that he was Jewish throws light on the psychological problems faced by refugees who belong to persecuted ethnic groups.
Röhner Ellen/FHXB Museum
An exhibition in Berlin, called "Letters of Stone", shows that there is more to memory than words and ideas.
With a new wave of authoritarianism in the United States and beyond, it’s time for universities and colleges to defend democracy.
The rise of neo-Nazism under President Donald Trump signals a new wave of authoritarianism. Now more than ever, colleges and universities must help students become informed and compassionate citizens.
An orange flag with the traditional Indian swastika on top of ancient Hindu temples in the Himalayas.
The swastika, an ancient and innocent symbol in many cultures for hundreds of years, now represents racial hatred. Should the swastika be banned in North America as it is in Germany?
Tuskegee Airmen and P-47.
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
What WWII-era African-American protests reveal about the historical relationship between Nazism and white supremacy in the United States.
Protesters with opposing views face off at a ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
Two genocide and mass atrocity prevention scholars argue Trump's response to the Charlottesville attack is a red flag.
Students at Ponar Forest in Lithuania, where Nazis massacred many Jews.
Daniel B. Bitran
In recent years, the number of people traveling to sites of death, natural disaster, acts of violence, tragedy and crimes against humanity has dramatically increased. Is it immoral?
Gebhard Fugel, ‘An den Wassern Babylons.’
Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.
Legacies of genocidal phases have scarred the Aboriginal psyches.
Very little is known about suicide and suicide attempts during modern genocides – but we do know there is an aftermath of suicide among victims.
The book provides an account of Primo Levi’s survival in Auschwitz.
The imperative issued by Levi’s text is not that one should persist in seeing the human in the inhuman. It is more like its opposite: that one bear must witness to the inhuman in the human.
Rachel Weisz as historian Deborah Lipstadt and Andrew Scott as her solicitor Anthony Julius in Denial.
The new film Denial chronicles Holocaust denier David Irving's 2000 legal action against US historian Deborah Lipstadt.
Theresienstadt ghetto / Andrew Shiva, Wikimedia Commons
Newly-discovered scripts reveal the public hopes, dreams and fears of prisoners in the World War II Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt.
What's the proper way to behave at a Holocaust memorial? Is that even the right question?
A woman stands near an exhibit of photographs of victims of the Holocaust called the ‘Klarsfeld Pillars’ in New York.
Can the Nazis be forgiven? A rabbi explains why this question needs a more profound examination of some of Judaism's deepest ethical mores and theological beliefs
The life and times of Holocaust survivor Leon Greenman should inspire people, while also helping to challenge extremism, so why isn't he better known?
The remainsof victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda displayed at Kigali Memorial Center.
Significant links connect racial science in colonial southern Africa with the holocaust of the European Jews. Colonial racial science also contributed to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.