NERWHA Workshop on Racism – 14 November

The New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA) is concerned about the lack of historical context whenever there is public discourse about race and racism. Racism represents core threads in the socio-cultural fabric of our world; as such, it is our obligation to continually learn about the history of racism and to share what we learn and how we teach with colleagues. With that objective in mind, on November 14 from 11:00am to 12:30pm, NERWHA’s 2nd Workshop will be devoted to a discussion on ways to teach about race and racism.

The workshop will begin with an introduction by David Kalivas, President of NERWHA and professor emeritus, followed by several brief presentations and a discussion with participants. The presenters will be Heather Streets-Salter, Professor of History and Associate Vice-Chancellor at Northeastern University, Lincoln Paine, author of The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World, and Matthew Bowser, recently minted PhD from the World History Program at Northeastern with a specialty on the origins of race/racism. Recognizing we are in a pandemic; this session will be in Zoom. Participants can register free of charge at this site

Our discussion will be framed by the teaching and research experiences of both presenters and participants; it will not focus on any single book. However, the following publications may be useful resources for anyone teaching about race/racism: George M. Fredrickson, Racism: A Short History (Princeton Classics) and Ali Rattansi, Racism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University).

We are offering this workshop in partnership with the World History Association, so many thanks to Kerry Vieira, Executive Director of the World History Association, for all her work to make these endeavors a success, and to Laura Mitchell, Professor of History and President of the WHA.