Author Liza Wiemer visited Brighton High School on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Throughout the day, Wiemer talked with a variety of classes and clubs.
Wiemer’s book, “The Assignment,” is based on a real incident which occurred in Oswego in 2017. A high school social studies teacher instructs students to argue for the Final Solution, a euphemism used to describe the Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jewish people. Two upstanders in the class speak out against this assignment and are met with conflict and struggle. The book discusses themes of antisemitism, discrimination, the rise of hate groups, as well as the role of media and institutions.
Wiemer met with 10th grade global history students to speak about themes of allyship, upstanders, and helping students speak up against injustice and hate. She also spoke with Dan Wilson's law and government classes, Barry Rogenmoser's media studies classes, Heather Bonadonna's non-fiction literature classes, and had a lively and compelling discussion over lunch with members of the BHS Book Club and Jewish Student Union.