Hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale
Thursday, November 3, 2022 • 6:30pm through Saturday, November 5, 2022 • 3:30pm
The 24th Annual Conference hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale will address the challenges of teaching slavery and race and other “tough histories” in the American classroom. This conference will engage multiple levels of the current crisis: the history of education and how we got here; the problem of teaching “difficult histories” of all kinds; the challenge of writing textbooks and deeper histories that capture the United States’ historical pluralism; and the everyday practice and political context US teachers grapple with in the classroom today. The panelists discussing these topics include academic scholars from the fields of history, sociology, and education studies; journalists who follow the US education system; and secondary school teachers and education specialists.
Co-sponsored by the Yale Education Studies program and the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies.
THURSDAY, November 3, 6:30—8:45pm
ONLINE FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “Civil War (or Who Do We Think We Are)”
Sponsored by Connecticut Council for the Social Studies
With film director Rachel Boynton and GLC Director David W. Blight
In-person viewing available for Yale-affiliated people; link for online viewing will be provided for other conference registrants.
FRIDAY, November 4, 9:00—10:30
WELCOME & KEYNOTE CONVERSATION
Jamelle Bouie, columnist for the New York Times, and Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard, in conversation with GLC Director David W. Blight
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY PANEL DISCUSSIONS
· History of U.S. Education: What’s Race Got To Do With It?
· Writing Textbooks: Is a Unified Narrative of Pluralistic America Possible?
· Teachers Roundtable: History Classroom Practice Today
· The Rise of the American Right
· Teachers Roundtable: Dealing with Political Pushback
· Concluding Roundtable: Why Do We Teach US History?
According to current Yale COVID policies, this event will be accessible in person for Yale affiliated people and will be available to all online as a webinar. We will keep you informed of any changes as the conference approaches.