The Wave Story Project
 Learning from The Third Wave

 
                                        Mark Hancock Activities
 

In 1967, "The Third Wave" was a high school classroom experiment in fascism that quickly got out of control.
The Wave story is now used by thousands of teachers worldwide in their classrooms at high schools and universities,
to facilitate discussions about charismatic leaders, group dynamics, bullying and gangs, seeking positive outcomes.
It is used in many forms and venues, including movies, books, plays and musicals.  (see examples in 35+ countries)
The official Wave website outlining the story, its history and variations is www.thewavehome.com

We want to visit your school or organization, to support and enhance your experience using the Wave story.
The Wave story is a great catalyst for engaging students in discussions of the difficult issues of our time.
 

The Wave - Mark Hancock Mark Hancock is an original Third Wave student, the class historian, and Associate Producer of the film documentary "Lesson Plan" about the Third Wave class.  He is also manager and webmaster of the primary Wave resource website www.thewavehome.com

He has visited and supported many Wave classes, plays and film festival screenings in the United States and internationally, along with media support in TV, radio and print.

A lifelong community activist, Mark has a BA in Architecture, and a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University.  His background in the late 1960's includes time spent at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Berkeley during the student demonstrations and riots.  One fun anecdote is that 6 months after the Wave class, Mark attended Dulwich College in London, sometimes called the Harry Potter school and where parts of the those movies were filmed.

Mark can be reached by email at mark@thewavehome.com and his activities are listed below.
The Third Wave _ Mark Hancock Q&A discussions can range from the history and context of the Third Wave experiment and subsequent Wave stories, Mark's personal experiences as a student in Ron Jones' original "Third Wave" class at Cubberley High School, as well as the issues that the experiment addressed, such as charismatic leaders, group dynamics, and extremism.  The Third Wave experiment was triggered by a student's question about the appeal of the Nazis during a Holocaust history lesson, and the Wave story lessons are also closely related to contemporary discussions around bullying, gangs, genocide and critical thinking.

Positive objectives and highlights include tolerance, coexistence, understanding, love and support of others.  Outcomes can include identifying core values, sticking to them in day-to-day activities, and finding clarity and courage when faced with life's difficult situations.

Ours is a shrinking world - this is a time to turn away from hate and intolerance, and to instead respect and embrace our differences and strengths that we have working together.

 

The Wave - Mark Hancock visits

The Wave - Mark Hancock student comments

The Wave - Mark Hancock appearances

"As an added bonus to the play itself, one of the students from that 1967 class had come to Israel from the US to participate in a Q&A session for the run’s last three performances.  Mark Hancock, open and forthright, was glad to answer questions about his involvement in the life-changing experiment."     Jerusalem Post, March 12, 2013
"Having Mark Hancock come for our performances of "The Third Wave" was extremely worthwhile. Mark met with the cast members after dress rehearsal and held question and answer sessions with the audiences after the performances. Mark did not talk down to the students, but talked to them as equals and they responded accordingly. They had a lot of questions and Mark mesmerized them with his accounts of what really happened back in 1967. Mark was equally engaging with the audiences. They were totally attentive and the question and answer sessions seemed to go by far too quickly. Mark's presence made a great story even more captivating.
Mark was excellent with my play cast, as well as my audiences. The play cast members connected with Mark immediately and learned so much. My audiences found Mark to be extremely informative and knowledgeable. Mark also showed the Wave documentary film 'Lesson Plan' to three of my English classes, and visited with those students as well. I received a large number of thank you's for inviting Mark to join us."
Al Schut, Western Michigan Christian High School, Muskegon, MI  (visit Nov. 2013)
"Having Mark Hancock come and speak to the students at my school made both the literature that we read and the history that we studied come to life. My students enjoyed his presentation so much that we invited him back the next year and plan to have him come in future years as well. Mark’s visit helps students understand and put a human face on abstract concepts like totalitarianism, conformity, and leadership. His presentation would work well for English, history, and psychology courses. What I especially liked is how Mark listened and responded to my students’ questions and how flexible he was in working with me and my colleague. Many times guest speakers do not know how to reach students. This is not the case with Mark. His responses were clear and engaging. Mark’s presentation coupled with the documentary, "Lesson Plan," provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about history and human nature."   Tina Proctor, The Overlake School, Redmond, Washington  (visits Oct. 2012, & Oct. 2013)
"Mark came to speak to my students after they had viewed and discussed “Lesson Plan." Mark is an engaging and natural speaker students can relate to, and the film itself is very moving, raising questions that provoke real thought and learning. That it is a true story gives it more weight, and to have Mark there to fill in the details and share the emotional impact the experience had on him and his classmates really brought the film's themes home to the kids. The personal insight and interaction helped them realize this is something that really happened, and could really happen again. The experience was an invaluable one my students will not forget, and I am already looking forward to having Mark back again this year."   Tamara Bunnell, The Northwest School, Seattle, Washington  (visits June 2013, and June 2014)
"I had shown The Wave movie for a number of years in my Psychology class, when I had the good fortune to meet Mark. From him I learned about the movie Lesson Plan. After viewing and discussing both films with my psych students, we were able to have Mark come to class. The kids really lit up with the “in-person” experience and their questions just snowballed. It really make our unit on social psychology come to life. I’m looking forward to having Mark with us again this year." Jeff Tobin, Kamiak High School, Mukilteo, Washington (visits May 2013, and May 2014)
The Wave - Mark Hancock visit testimonials

 

 

    MARK HANCOCK "WAVE" APPEARANCES and MENTIONS

             
2014
2015
Your school could be the next visit - please email me   Now taking appointments for 2014/2015 school visits
                       (planning Europe in May, 2015)
   
  May, 2015 Germany       Currently planning
  January, 2015 Madrid, Spain Centro Dramatico Nacional     "La Ola" play support
  Nov. 13-14, 2014 Cincinnati, OH Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education Teacher presentation and Q&A   "The Wave" presentation support
  October 23 Calgary, Canada Queen Elizabeth Sr. High Q&A with students   Q&A session with 12th grade Social Studies class and original Wave teacher Ron Jones (second time)
  October 19 Moscow, Russia Channel One (Sunday Time) TV interview   Third Wave class description with Ron Jones
  Oct. 8-11, 2014 Moore, OK Southmoore High School Q&A, visit classes   "The Third Wave" play support
  June 11 Seattle, WA The Northwest School Q&A with students   Lesson Plan screening to 7th grade class (second visit)
  May 29 Mukilteo, WA Kamiak High School Q&A with students   Visit with high school psychology class (second visit)
  April 30 Victoria, Canada Esquimalt High School Q&A with students   Visit with 10th grade English classes
  February 10 Seattle, WA Seattle University Q&A with students   Lesson Plan public screening, audience Q&A with Neel
  January 17 Boulder, CO Fairview High School Q&A with students   Q&A session with Third Wave play cast, with Jones & Neel
             
2013 November 15,16 Muskegon, MI Western Michigan Christian High School Q&A with students and audience   "The Third Wave" play - visit with audiences and students (w/Jones one night); also visited with three English classes
  October 28 Calgary, Canada Queen Elizabeth Sr. High Q&A with students   Q&A session with 12th grade Social Studies class and original Wave teacher Ron Jones
  October 25 Redmond, WA The Overlake School Q&A with students   Lesson Plan screening, Q&A with high school students in assembly (second visit to Overlake School)
  June 13 Bothell, WA Skyview Jr. High School Q&A with students   Meeting with two 8th grade English classes after Lesson Plan documentary screening
  June 12 Seattle, WA The Northwest School Q&A with students   Meeting with 7th grade Humanities class after Lesson Plan documentary screening
  May 15 Mukilteo, WA Kamiak High School Q&A with students   Lesson Plan screening, Q&A with high school Psychology class
  May 8 Auburn, WA Leadership Institute
of South Puget Sound
Presentation and Q&A with students   Presentation of the Third Wave story, and discussion with leadership students thereafter
  May 1 San Rafael, CA California Film Institute Q&A with students   Q&A with high school students who have seen "Die Welle"
in "A Place in the World" program  (second visit to CFI)
           
  March 12,13,14,16 Spain, Barcelona "L'Onada" theatre play
Teatre Lliure de Gracia
Attended  (trailer link)   Attended 5 times (play was extended, many sold-out nights)
Visited with director/actors, media support
(link to theatre page announcing play and panel discussion)
March 15 Spain, Barcelona TV3 - Televisio de Catalunya On television > Video link to interview with Jones & Hancock
March 15 Spain, Barcelona BTV - Barcelona Televisio On television > Video link to interview with Jones & Hancock, and play review
April 22 Spain, Barcelona Para Todos La 2 On television > Video link to L'Onada production overview
March 13 Spain, Barcelona Catalunya Radio On radio > Link to radio interview with Jones & Hancock
March 17 Spain, Barcelona RAC1 Radio On radio > Link to radio interview with Jones & Hancock
March 13 Spain, Barcelona ElPeriodico newspaper/video In article and video > Video link to interview with Jones & Hancock
March 16 Spain, Barcelona El Pais newspaper Named in article   L'Onada review link
March 18 Spain, Barcelona ARA newspaper In article   L'Onada article link (subscription required)
March 15 Spain, Barcelona Teatre Lliure de Montjuic In panel discussion   w/3 professors, Jones & director (link to announcement)
    "      " Spain, Barcelona    "         "     "        " In panel discussion > Link to blog about the discussion (w/photos)
           
  March 4 Israel, Tel Aviv Alliance High School Presentation, Q&A   Solo presentation and Q&A to assembly of nearly 300 high school English language students reading the Wave book
March 4 Israel, Tel Aviv Eshbal Youth Society Q&A with students   Meeting with their Wave play author, 3 student actors, and the education director
    "     " Israel, Tel Aviv Eshbal Youth Society    "      "        "   Reporter working on article of our meeting
March 5 Israel, Jerusalem Gymnasia Rehavia H.S. Q&A with students   Meeting with high school class that read the Wave book
March 5 Israel, Jerusalem American Cultural Center,
U.S. State Department
Q&A with students   Meeting with high school class after documentary screening
March 7 Israel, Jerusalem American Cultural Center,
U.S. State Department
Q&A with students   Meeting with high school class after documentary screening
March 7 Israel, Jerusalem Gymnasia Rehavia H.S. Q&A with students   Meeting with high school class that read the Wave book
March 5, 6, & 7 Israel, Jerusalem "The Third Wave" JEST play Q&A with audiences > March 7 pic w/JEST cast   Attended the play, Q&A with all three audiences (~750 people total)  Near sellouts each night
February 26 Israel, Jerusalem Jerusalem Post newspaper Named in article   "Engulfed by The Third Wave" by Ruth Beloff (coming)
March 1 Israel, Jerusalem Jerusalem Post newspaper Quoted in article > "Caught in the Undertow" by Ben Goldman (interview)
March 12 Israel, Jerusalem Jerusalem Post newspaper Nice mention in article > "Theatre Review: The Third Wave" by Ruth Beloff (review)
February 22 Israel, Jerusalem Haaretz newspaper Named in article   "An Experiment In Madness"  (coming)
             
2012 April Gilze, Netherlands Quest Psychology magazine Quoted in article   "Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes" by Jerwin de Graaf (subscription)
  May 8 New York City, NY UNITED NATIONS Q&A with audience > UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action (pdf)
Lesson Plan documentary screening and Q&A w/Reit
  September 27 Toronto, Canada University of Toronto Q&A with students   Q&A session with class w/Neel (Dr. Teresa Kramarz)
  October 21 Philadelphia, PA Har Zion Temple and school Q&A with students   Lesson Plan presentation w/Jones & Neel to 500 students
  October 26 Redmond, WA The Overlake School Q&A with students   Lesson Plan screening, solo Q&A with 200 high school students in assembly
  December 10 Victoria, Canada North Saanich Middle School Q&A with students   UN Human Rights Day speaker - - Lesson Plan screening,
solo Q&A with nearly 500 students, and a classroom Q&A
             
2011 February 26 San Francisco, CA Performance Showcase Q&A with audience   Lesson Plan screening, and panel w/Jones, Neel, and
Philip Zimbardo (of the Stanford Prison Experiment)
  March 6 Winnipeg, Canada Real-to-Reel Film Festival Q&A with audience   Q&A with audience via Skype w/Neel
  April 20 New York City, NY SOHO International Film Festival Q&A with audience   Lesson Plan screening, audience Q&A w/Reit; visited with author Todd Strasser (of the 1981 book "The Wave")
  May 12 & 15 Vancouver, Canada DOXA International Film Festival Q&A with audiences   Lesson Plan screening, Q&A w/Neel & Dr. Wanda Cassidy
  May 31 and June 1 Seattle, WA Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Q&A with audiences   Lesson Plan at Harvard Exit Theater, Q&A w/Neel & Jeffery
  May 31 Seattle, WA Ingraham High School Q&A with students   Lesson Plan screening, Q&A with 60 high school students w/SIFF & Neel
  June 1 Seattle, WA Seattle University Q&A with students   "Social Justice in Education" Master's class - Lesson Plan screening, and Q&A w/Neel & Jeffery
  June 7 Seattle, WA MyNorthwest.com blog Named in article   "The controversy of the Lesson Plan" blog interview article
  June 7 Seattle, WA KIRO Radio On radio > Video link to group interview w/Neel & Jeffery, by Tom Tangney
  July 11 Vancouver, Canada Simon Fraser University Q&A with students > "Action for a Just Society" summer institute (pdf link)
Lesson Plan movie and Q&A w/Jones & Dr. Wanda Cassidy
             
2010 Jan 30 & Feb. 7 San Francisco, CA "The Third Wave" musical
at The Marsh Theater
Attended   Debut of Jones' new Wave musical, visited with participants
  April 19 San Rafael, CA California Film Institute Q&A with students   "Lesson Plan" movie advance screening, Q&A with 100 high school students in "A Place in the World" program
  April 24 San Francisco, CA "The Third Wave" musical
at Mercy High School
Attended   Jones' Wave musical, visited with participants
  5 years of work,
released in 2010
Los Angeles, CA "Lesson Plan" documentary film  (home page link) In the movie >

 
Associate Producer  (link to trailer)
(story and student research, and filming assistant)
Major funding by Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Fdn.
Several awards at multiple film festivals
  October 10 & 13 Mill Valley, CA Mill Valley Film Festival Q&A with audiences   Lesson Plan movie premier, Q&A w/Jones/students/filmmakers
  October 14 San Rafael, CA Mill Valley TV "Aspect Ratio" show On television > Video link to California Film Institute group interview
             
2009 April 26 Ratzeburg,Germany Ratzeburg Film Festival Q&A with audience   Die Welle movie screening; audience Q&A with Philip Neel
and actors Frederick Lau and Maximilian Vollmar
  August 1 Palo Alto, CA Cubberley Community Center Attended   Preview of "Lesson Plan" documentary film at class reunion,
held in the original Wave rally room H-1 at Cubberley
             
2008 January 18 & 19 Park City, UT Sundance Film Festival Attended   "Die Welle" movie world premier,
Visited with director Dennis Gansel & cast
  June 6 & 7 Seattle, WA Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Q&A with audiences   "Die Welle" screenings and audience Q&A w/Ron Jones, Philip Neel, David Jeffery, Robert Del Valle  (reviews: link1 and link2)
  August 31 London, England The Sunday Times newspaper Quoted in article > "The Wave shows how to turn children into Nazis"
by Jeff Dawson
  September 5 London, England The Telegraph newspaper Quoted in article > "The Wave: the experiment that turned a school into a police state" by Sheila Johnston
  September 15 London, England The Guardian newspaper Quoted in article > "Like history in the first person" by Anthea Lipsett
             
1991 September San Francisco, CA Peninsula Magazine Quoted in article > "Remembering the Third Wave" by Leslie Weinfield
             
1967 March/April Palo Alto, CA Cubberley Sr. High School Original Wave Student

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Original student in Ron Jones' "Third Wave" history class
             

 

For More Information:

To have Mark visit your school, please contact Mark:  mark@thewavehome.com

For more information on our story:  www.thewavehome.com
(Mark Hancock is the webmaster)

 

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Last updated:   11/06/14