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Another Summer, Another Great Class of Interns

August 13 marked the end of our summer internship program, and before enjoying a celebratory team BBQ, the interns wrapped up their stints at i-ACT by each giving a presentation on the projects they worked on over the last few months.

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The projects and presentations covered topics including social-psychological patterns shared by perpetrators of mass atrocities, benefits of incorporating mindfulness exercises into curricula created for those who have experienced trauma, early childhood education in emergency situations, and mandating genocide-and-Holocaust instruction in United States K-12 schools. We also heard recaps from interns who had been working on updating and expanding our Human Rights Library.

It was interesting to learn about how, oftentimes, perpetrators commit “crimes of obedience” by following the commands of authority figures regardless of agreement with those commands, while personal ideology or an incli