Teaching Philosophy

Most students entering college today will have had the experience of witnessing the first African-American president and the legacy of the Civil Rights movement paying dividends for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender Americans. As a historian, I believe the trans-Atlantic antislavery movements of the 19th century are part precursors to these and movements like Black Lives Matter. However, how do I deploy this insight to bear on my students’ learning? How do I convey to them that they, too, can be agents and interpreters of change over time? I try to impress on students that history can help them answer these questions and in making sense of the future they want to inherit.

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From the New York Public Library

From the New York Public Library