GLC @ Lunch: Teaching Tough Histories in Tough Times
Since 2004, Tom Thurston has been at the helm of the Gilder Lehrman Center’s educational outreach efforts toward secondary school teachers and students. His work has ranged from leading international workshops connecting teachers from the U.S., Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the U.K.; to organizing professional development workshops throughout the school year; to facilitating field trips for students in the New Haven metro area. Through these efforts, Tom has been the intellectual and creative engine for carrying into the classroom the GLC’s mission of fostering understanding of the impacts of the legacies of slavery AND resistance in the world today.
Join us for a conversation between Tom and two teachers who have been active members of his large network of engaged teachers in Connecticut: Ruth-Terry Walden (English teacher, Westhill High School, Stamford Public Schools) and Kevin Staton (Library Media Specialist, Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Fairfield Public Schools).
Thomas Thurston is the Director of Education for the Gilder Lehrman Center at the MacMillan Center at Yale University. He is the 2020 recipient of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies Service Award, which recognizes an individual whose dedicated, continuous service furthers the goals of the CCSS. Tom is also the current President of the CT Coalition for History.