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Polarization: What Role for History Commentary?
Historians are not politicians, political advisors, or advocates. Yet in their classrooms, they interact with a microcosm of the public in teaching ideologically diverse students about topics with multiple interpretations, bringing young people together for frank exchanges over diverse ideologies and values. And in their scholarship, historians identify precedents—effective and ineffective—that have anticipated recent politics, provide contexts surrounding popular talking points, and explain ways that debated narratives take shape. The work of this academic guild can serve as public classrooms with leavens to the fierce contests of American politics. Lessons from the classrooms and writing desks of historians can enrich political discourse enabling some of the swords of culture wars to become publicly useful ploughshares of democratic debates.

Join a diverse group of historians in discussion! Panelists include Daniel Wickberg (University of Texas, Dallas), Paul Croce (Stetson University), Nicole Hemmer (Columbia University), Tim Lacy (University of Illinois College of Medicine), Kathleen Sands (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), and Lisa Szefel (Pacific University Oregon).

Feb 1, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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