Teacher Workshop

Webb Teacher Workshop


SATURDAY March 30, 2019


LOCATION: UTA Library, Sixth Floor Atrium



9:30 am - Check in; light breakfast included
10:30 am- “Teaching the Geography of Slavery and Abolition with Geospatial Technologies” (Dr. Charles Travis and Dr. Andrew Milson - Univ. of Texas at Arlington)

This workshop will focus on strategies for getting students to think geographically about historical topics as well as methods for using geospatial technologies in the social studies classroom. The presenters will demonstrate how historical maps, geographical data, and online tools can be applied in ways that cultivate students’ geographical and historical thinking skills.

12:30 pm - LUNCH provided

1:30 pm - “The Slave Societies Digital Archive: Teaching the Comparative and Transnational History of Slavery”
 (Dr. David LaFevor - University of Texas at Arlington)

This workshop will introduce teachers to the Slave Societies Digital Archive an international project dedicated to identifying, collecting, and preserving millions of endangered records pertaining to the history of the Atlantic slave trade. It will describe how the project’s ongoing work in Cuba, Brazil, the United States, and Colombia is fundamentally altering scholarly understanding of slavery in these different societies. Workshop participants will explore ways of utilizing the Archive’s open access sources in their classrooms to enhance the teaching of US and Texas history. Specific emphasis will be devoted to instructional strategies that use comparative frameworks to heighten engagement as well as students’ awareness and understanding of the past.
4:30 pm - 
“Slave Resistance and Abolition in the Americas: A Comparative Approach.”  
(Closing Keynote)

Dr. Manisha Sinha is professor and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. She was born in India and received her PhD from Columbia University. Sinha’s research interests lie in United States history, especially the transnational histories of slavery and abolition and the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction.