Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era Seminar

African American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era
Summer Seminar for Middle School and High School Teachers
July 22 – 25, 2014 at Washington University

The Washington University African and African American Studies Program and the University Libraries is accepting applications for a summer seminar. The university will invite ten St. Louis-area middle school and high school educators to study the complex issues surrounding the history and artifacts of the Civil Rights Era.

Led by university faculty, this four-day seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of Washington University’s special collections, including the archives of Henry Hampton, creator of the acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize. In addition, curriculum topics, such as defining the Civil Rights Era, primary source research, visual literacy, preserving the materials and memory of the marginalized, and the rise and fall of the American city will be discussed. Teachers will be introduced to a variety of teaching resources and methods that will enable them to engage students with greater intellectual power. The learning outcomes of African American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era include:

  • Broader understanding of Civil Rights Era history
  • Overview of the latest theories and trends in Civil Rights Era scholarship
  • Increased awareness of locally and digitally available resources
  • Introduction to visual literacy, including the learning potential of historically disregarded cultural material

Sessions will be conducted by faculty, curators and community specialists, including:

  • Dr. Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, Washington University
  • Dr. Jonathan Fenderson, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, Washington University
  • Dr. Stefan M. Bradley, Director and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Saint Louis University

If accepted, participants receive a $300 stipend and will be expected to:

  • Attend the seminar in its entirety and complete associated readings
  • Incorporate takeaways in their teaching
  • Provide feedback on the seminar as a whole and share any subsequent applications of the knowledge gained

To apply, please submit this application to Nadia Ghasedi, Head of the Visual Media Research Lab, at nghasedi@wustl.edu, by July 1. Required for consideration:

  • A completed application, including a paragraph describing your interest in the seminar and how your participation will impact your students
  • A résumé, including two references

As a follow-up to the four-day summer seminar, fall workshop sessions may also be held, if funding permits, for which an additional stipend will be offered. Summer participants will be encouraged to apply.  More information about the fall workshops will be forthcoming later this summer. Please direct questions to nghasedi@wustl.edu.

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