GLC @ Lunch: Teaching Tough Histories in Tough Times

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm EST

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.

GLC@Lunch - In Studio with Dana King: Shaping the Legacy of William Lanson

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2020 12:00 PM EST

Join Gilder Lehrman Center Director of Education Tom Thurston in conversation with sculptor Dana King Charles Warner Jr., chairman of the Connecticut Freedom Trail, and Kai Perry, Lead Educator for Discovering Amistad’s Social Justice Academy, Community Organizer, and a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut. Perry, Thurston, and Warner are members of New Haven’s Amistad Committee. King is a classical figurative sculptor, based in Oakland, California and dedicated to creating public monuments of Black Bodies in Bronze. In collaboration with the New Haven City Planning Department, the Amistad Committee is preparing to unveil King’s seven-foot bronze statue of William Lanson, which will be held near the Yale Health Center, at 55 Lock St., New Haven. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for September 26, 2020.

The Shared Histories Symposium is designed to share the results of the three-year Gilder Lehrman Center Shared Histories Africa Institute, funded by the Robina Foundation, with a broad base of teachers and students in New England. The Shared Histories program provides ongoing opportunities for teachers and students in the United States and Africa to discuss shared concerns about equity, representation, and human rights. Secondary school teachers and administrators; university faculty, students, and staff; members of the general public are invited to participate in this series of online webinars. 

During this symposium, U.S. teachers who have been working with South African and Sierra Leonean teachers, along with a selection of their students, will present classroom projects generated from the GLC Shared Histories Africa Institute. This program is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University, with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund. 

Keynote Address: Young People as Agents of Social Change 
Saturday, September 12, 2020 • 9am EST

Keynote address by Seth Mazibuko, followed by a conversation between Seth Mazibuko and Dr. Dan Magaziner, Yale University. Audience questions to follow. 

Seth Mazibuko was a student organizer and leader of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, which lead to his arrest, conviction and sentencing to Robben Island for seven years. He continues to be involved in activism for social justice, most recently working with the South African Human Rights Committee, the June 16 Youth Development Foundation, and the Gauteng Housing Crisis Committee. 

Dan Magaziner is a historian of 20th century Africa at Yale University and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Council for African Studies at the MacMillan Center. He is the author of two books: The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968 – 1977 (2010) and The Art of Life in South Africa (2016). 

Panel 1: TransAtlantic Collaborative Programming 
Saturday, September 19, 2020 • 9am EST

Tom Thurston,  Moderator

Waltrina Kirkland-Mullins teaches third grade at New Haven’s Davis Academy of Arts. 

Mary Abueng Khuduge is a teacher at Regents Park Primary School, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where she received a Bachelor of Primary Education. 

Teresa Willis, an educator in the Bronx, is the organizer of Middle Passages, a proposed community school for the Bronx. 

Victoria Alupke, formerly a teacher at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, has since relocated to Washington, DC, where she is a special education teacher at the Paul Charter School. 

Sven Glietenburg, formerly a teacher at the Thaba Jabula Secondary School in Soweto, is now studying for his Master’s degree at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. 

Panel 2: Teaching in Times of COVID-19 
Saturday, September 26th, 2020 • 9am EST

Vickie Remoe, Moderator 

Seila Senoamadi teaches at Missourilaan Secondary School in Eldorado Park, Soweto, South Africa. Seila did her studies at the University of the Witswatersrand and the University of Johannesburg. 

Ibrahim Lamin is a teacher at at Beacon High School, in Freetown, and the author of Prime History of Sierra Leone for Senior Secondary School (2016). He was educated at the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College. 

Kevin Staton is the librarian for the Fairfield School District two high schools, in Fairfield, Connecticut. He completed his studies at Howard University. 

Panel 3: Youth Activism in the Classroom and Community 
Saturday, October 3, 2020 • 9am EST 

Seth Mazibuko and Tom Thurston interview student activists from Connecticut, and South Africa about issues and strategies for leading change in their schools and communities.

The Shared Histories Panel “Youth Activism in the Classroom and Community,” originally scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd, has been postponed. We will be rescheduling it for later in October. Please stay tuned. 

The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

As the slave trade brought Europeans, Africans, and Americans into contact, diseases were traded along with human lives. Manuel Barcia examines the battle waged against disease, where traders fought against loss of profits while enslaved Africans fought for survival. Although efforts to control disease and stop epidemics from spreading brought little success, the medical knowledge generated by people on both sides of the conflict contributed to momentous change in the medical cultures of the Atlantic world.

“The Yellow Demon of Fever is a stunning scholarly achievement. This highly readable social history is an indispensable study for anyone interested in knowledge exchanges in the Atlantic world.”—Judith Carney, University of California, Los Angeles
“A landmark study in the history of medicine and Atlantic slavery. Unrestrained by linguistic or imperial boundaries, Barcia’s ground-breaking book exposes the struggle for racial and medical control in the ‘contact zones’ of the Atlantic slave trade.”—Katherine Paugh, University of Oxford
“A tour de force. Barcia’s deeply researched and well-written book opens a fascinating, disturbing, and vital window into the illegal slave trade of the nineteenth century and the advancement of medical knowledge.”—Randy J. Sparks,
Tulane University
“Extraordinary. A breakthrough work, among the most insightful histories of the nineteenth century written in the past half century.”—Dale Graden, University of Idaho