Mindful Exploration: Resilience in Times of Change

Thursday April 16, 2020

Mindful Exploration:
Resilience in Times of Change

Watch this webinar on-demand!

During this special webinar, students will explore the topic of resilience-the ability to bounce back from challenges we face, and to hold on to what we already have to help us cope with those challenges. The 45-minute program will feature Mona Golabek, Grammy-nominated concert pianist and author of The Children of Willesden Lane. Ms. Golabek will explore key parts of her book and perform piano classics, guiding students to consider the question: What can I hold on to in my life to help me be resilient in times of change?

About The Children of Willesden Lane

In early 1938, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish girl in Vienna, dreamed that one day she would become a concert pianist. In March, her dreams were shattered. German troops took over Austria, her homeland. She became a refugee, one of about 10,000 children brought to England before World War II as part of the Kindertransport -- a mission to rescue children threatened by the Nazis. Her daughter Mona Golabek and writer Lee Cohen tell her story in The Children of Willesden Lane.  The book follows Lisa's coming of age during WWII and her courageous journey to fulfill her dream of music against one of the darkest periods in history.

Preparing for the Webinar
To help prepare you for the webinar, we encourage you to read the excerpts from the book, The Children of Willesden Lane and learn more about the historical context:

Excerpts from The Children of Willesden Lane
- Excerpt 1: Chapter 1 (especially pages 1-7)
- Excerpt 2: Chapter 3 (especially pages 25-29)

Historical Context
- Brief History - Kindertransport
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Brief History - Holocaust

Essential Question
What can I hold on to in my life to help me be resilient in times of change?

After the Webinar
The message from Lisa's mother to "hold on to your music" helped Lisa face the challenges before her and in turn, helped her own daughter Mona to hold on to her music and to inspire a lifetime of music and education worldwide. In this post-webinar activity, we ask you to respond to the essential question by creating a simple artifact that can remind you of what you have to hold on to in your life.

Instructions
Build a heart box

- Create an 8.5"x8.5" square sheet
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Origami Heart Box (Tutorial)
- In the middle of your heart box, answer the question: What can I hold on to in my life to help me be resilient in times of change?

We want to hear from you!
Email iwitness@usc.edu and tell us what you learned from Lisa's story. Be sure to include a picture of your heart box!













 




 



 

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