Speaking

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Using photographs, video, interviews, archival documents, contemporary headlines, and personal stories, Rachael brings her grandmother’s story, entwined with her own journey, into classrooms and communities, adjusting the focus of her presentations and workshops to speak to the age and interest of the audience. 

She has spoken to audiences at the U.S. Embassy in Sweden and the Czech Republic as well as at numerous conferences including Humanity In Action’s Pre-Genocide conference (Denmark, 2018) and the Tuzman Holocaust Teach-In at Gratz College (USA, 2016 & 2018). She has presented to students at universities, including but not limited to Northeastern University, Boston University, Moore College of Art, Wheelock College, and Brandeis University. She has visited various Hadassah chapters, spoken at summer camps and has taught at dozens of congregations in the Northeast Region.

“The world would be a sad place without progress if we didn’t try to change the injustice we see and feel.”
— Hana Dubova

She has created curriculums for and worked with hundreds of students of all ages, from as young as fourth grade to adult education. 

For teen and young adult classes, workshops are molded to aid students in better understanding the refugee crisis and to build empathy for those facing persecution today. Contemporary chapters of this work paired with historical context are an important opportunity to have challenging conversations in a safe space. Rachael's goal is to bring a contemporary context to the history of World War II and to break the norm of teaching from exclusive narratives. She encourages her students (of all ages) to think about how the past -- both personal and political -- has come to effect the present. 

For adult education, Rachael often focuses on the personal journey she took following in her grandmother’s footprints, exploring the coexistence between trauma and resilience and the importance of storytelling from generation to generation. She does not shy away from the grief that lays within the pages of her grandmother's history and speaks about her own experience with the sudden death of her young husband. She is driven to tell stories of migration through a restorative lens that empowers the individual's role within their collective community.


2019-2020 Classes & Presentations

October 6, 2019: Boston University Hillel

October 27, 2019: Cafe Europa, a luncheon for Holocaust Survivors & families (Newton, MA)

November 13, 2019: Webinar for Echoes & Reflections (online)

December 6, 2019: Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley (Lowell, MA)

June 2020: Liberation 75 (Toronto, Canada)

2019 - 2020: Kehillath Israel (year-long course) — 6th grade (MA)

2019 - 2020: Temple Isaiah (year-long course) — 11th grade (MA)

2019 - 2020: Temple Sinai (year-long course) — 8-11th grade (MA)

2019 - 2020: Temple Beth Shalom (5 week course) — Congregational Programming (MA)


To inquire about a speaking engagement or teaching opportunity, please contact : rachaelcerrotti@gmail.com