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Tuesday, February 23
 

7:00pm EST

In a Strange Country: The Challenge of American Inclusion
This seminar will discuss Ralph Ellison’s (very) short story, “In a Strange Country” (1944). A precursor to the author’s instant classic, Invisible Man (1952), the short story depicts a black serviceman on shore leave in Wales during World War II. After he gets mugged by white servicemen, a Welshman comes to his aid and invites him to a private singing club. The story traces the inward musings of the “black Yank” (as he is called by the Welshman), who comes to appreciate the Welsh. His experiences that evening and back home move him to reflect upon his ambiguous status as a black American fighting for a country that has yet to accept him as an equal citizen. The story provokes important and timely questions about how to close the gap between American principles and practices and thereby promote greater inclusion of all members of the American citizenry.

PRE-READING:  Please read the short story and additional texts below in advance of the session in order to get the most out of the experience.

Speakers


Tuesday February 23, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Zoom
 
Sunday, February 28
 

5:00pm EST

Sermon Slam: A Rabbi, A Reverend and Sikh Leader on Civic Responsibility
How does your faith tradition inform and inspire your sense of connection and obligation as a citizen? In this sermon slam, you'll hear three faith leaders from different religious backgrounds give short (7 minute) and dynamic sermons on the theme of civic responsibility. You'll also have a chance to reflect and hear from peers about the intersection between religion, identity and civic responsibility in your educational setting. The concept for this session was inspired by SermonSlam, created by David Zvi Kalman.

Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bressman

Lindsay Bressman

Executive Director, Civic Spirit
We the Educators is a 3-week civics symposium with teachers at the center, framing our democratic future.The symposium is an opportunity for faculty from schools rooted in a faith tradition to (1) engage with leading scholars and (2) gain practical tools for elevating civic learning in the classroom. The symposium is fully subsidized with NO COST to teachers and participants will receive a $150 stipend towards civic education resources.The symposium will run from February 23rd through March 11th, 2021... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday February 28, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Zoom
 
Tuesday, March 2
 

7:00pm EST

Teaching How to Think: Using Art to Encourage Intentional Thought in the Civics Classroom
In this interactive session, participants will explore art, objects, and primary source materials connected to civic education through the practices of the Artful and Visible Thinking Frameworks developed at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Specifically, participants will have an opportunity to: engage as learners as they try out several thinking routines with a variety of civics curricular materials; reflect on art as an entry point for meaningful thought processes; consider classroom implications in whole-group discussion; and hear an introduction to the research background of the frameworks to learn more about the concept of thinking dispositions, or thinking habits, connected to civics education.

Speakers

Tuesday March 2, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Zoom
 
Tuesday, March 9
 

7:00pm EST

From School to Country: Belonging as the Foundation of Civic Education
At the center of civic engagement is the experience of belonging to a classroom and, in turn, to a community. Belonging is fundamental to democratic education in two respects: first, it gives students the feeling of self-worth that teaches them that they matter; second, it extends the experience of worthiness to a collective, letting the student know that just as they matter to their community the community must matter to them. In this session, we'll hear from three Civic Spirit educators on how they have cultivated belonging in their classrooms and schools, and support students in developing their own connections to community and country. We'll also learn from each other about our experiences and challenges in this area of civic education.

Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bressman

Lindsay Bressman

Executive Director, Civic Spirit
We the Educators is a 3-week civics symposium with teachers at the center, framing our democratic future.The symposium is an opportunity for faculty from schools rooted in a faith tradition to (1) engage with leading scholars and (2) gain practical tools for elevating civic learning in the classroom. The symposium is fully subsidized with NO COST to teachers and participants will receive a $150 stipend towards civic education resources.The symposium will run from February 23rd through March 11th, 2021... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Petrus Fortune

Petrus Fortune

Chair Social Studies, Bishop Loughlin HS
PoliticsHistoryCurrent events
avatar for Audi Hecht

Audi Hecht

HIstory Chairperson, Yeshiva University HS for Girls


Tuesday March 9, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Zoom