The Washington University African and African-American Studies Program and the University Libraries present a seminar geared for local middle-school and high-school educators this summer from July 22 to 25.
Limited to 10 St. Louis-area teachers, with applications accepted through July 1 (download here), the four-day event is an opportunity to study the complex issues surrounding the history and artifacts of the civil rights era. Led by university faculty, the seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of Washington University's renowned 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. Participants will also sample a variety of teaching resources and methods to help engage students with greater intellectual power.
The learning outcomes of African American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era include: 1) a broader understanding of civil rights era history; 2) an overview of the latest theories and trends in civil rights era scholarship; 3) increased awareness of locally and digitally available resources; and 4) and introduction to visual literacy, including the learning potential of historically disregarded cultural material.
Sessions will be conducted by faculty, curators, and community specialists, including Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and Professor of English and of African and African-American Studies at WUSTL; Jonathan Fenderson, Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies at WUSTL; and Stefan Bradley, Director and Associate Professor of African American Studies at Saint Louis University.
If accepted, participants will receive a $300 stipend and will be expected to attend the seminar in its entirety, complete the associated readings, incorporate takeaways in their teaching, provide feedback, and share any subsequent applications of the knowledge gained.
As a follow-up to the summer seminar, fall workshop sessions may also be held, if funding permits, for which an additional stipend will be offered. Summer participants are particularly encouraged to apply. More information about the fall workshops will be forthcoming later this summer.
To apply, interested local educators should complete and submit the application (download here) to Nadia Ghasedi, Head of the Visual Media Research Lab (firstname.lastname@example.org), by July 1, 2014, along with a resume and two references.