Teaching about Race, Indifference, and Membership: Little Rock 1957

Event details

  • Tuesday | June 19, 2012 to Thursday | June 21, 2012
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus 2315 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL , 60614

Developed collaboratively by DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves, this seminar will use the perilous 1957 desegregation of Little Rock Central High School as a case study to explore the ways that we teach about race, difference and membership. Focusing on how citizens make choices in a democracy,  participants will examine the history of race relations in the South and the decisions made by students and community, governments and the media.

Seminar participants will consider: How did United States’ difficult racial history lead to the crisis in Little Rock? How did African Americans unite to bring about social change? How was the nation changed by Little Rock? Has the change endured? How can students forge connections between history and the difficult times in which they lived to become more engaged citizens?

Through engagement in a range of teaching activities and examination of resources, this seminar will challenge middle and high school teachers to explore the implications of Little Rock 1957 for teaching in their classrooms.

Please see the flyer for more information.