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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Peter Seixas

Peter SeixasPeter Seixas is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the department of curriculum and pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to the university, he taught high-school social studies in Vancouver for fifteen years. He is the founding director of the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness and the Historical Thinking Project. He is interested in the understandings, representations, and uses of the past in the contrasting settings of schools, academia, and popular culture. He has written numerous articles on historical thinking, history curriculum, and history teaching, and has spoken on these topics nationally and internationally.

Seixas is the editor of Theorizing Historical Consciousness (2004) and a coeditor, with Peter Stearns and Sam Wineburg, of Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives (2000). He is a coauthor, with Tom Morton, of The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts (2013), designed to help teachers incorporate historical thinking into their classes. Most recently, he coedited, with Kadriye Ercikan, an international collection entitled New Directions in Assessing Historical Thinking (2015). He has received numerous awards in the United States and Canada for his research, teaching, and service, including the National Council for the Social Studies' Exemplary Research Award, the American Historical Association's William Gilbert Award, awards from British Columbia and Ontario teachers' associations, membership in the Royal Society of Canada, his university's Killam Faculty Teaching Prize, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada.

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