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Teaching Taboo Subjects in Your History Survey Courses
Sponsored by the OAH Committee on Community Colleges
Friday, April 17 - 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $25 - Limit 40 people
• Grace Wade Moser, St. Charles Community College
• Megan McGregor, Houston Community College Northwest
American history survey courses are rife with complex and controversial topics. Intensification of the so-called culture wars in recent years has rendered some difficult topics more tricky than ever to discuss in a large college classroom. This workshop provides instructors with an opportunity to share their experiences and concerns while developing new perspectives, skills, and strategies to meet the ongoing challenge of talking about "taboo subjects" in their survey courses.


Friday, April 17

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Crafting the United States History Survey Course
Sponsored by the Committee on Community Colleges and Community College Humanities Association
Mark Roehrs, Lincoln Land Community College
• Debra Reid, Eastern Illinois University
• Maureen Nutting, North Seattle Community College
• Robert Sampson, Millikin University
• Lawrence Charap, College Board
• David Berry, Community College Humanities Association
As increased pressure is placed on higher education to streamline course, program, and degree offerings, many students are allowed to forgo the American history survey. In addition, the primary and secondary-level students are encouraged to focus less on the humanities and social sciences, instead concentrating on reading, writing, math, leaving students less historically minded than ever before. This roundtable brings together teaching historians from a variety of colleges and universities, as well as representatives from the College Board and the Community College Humanities Association to examine the reasonable and achievable expectations and parameters of the U.S. history survey course.

Saturday, April 18

9:00 am - 10:30 am

What Will the Impact of the Common Core Be on History Education?
Sponsored by the OAH Committee on Teaching
Chair: Thomas D. Fallace, William Paterson University of New Jersey
• Johann Neem, Western Washington University
• John Lee, North Carolina State University
• Fritz Fischer, Northern Colorado University

"What?! You Teach at a Community College?" Confronting a Career Taboo
Sponsored by the OAH Committee on Community Colleges
• Betsy Anderson, East Central Community College
• Shaughn Doyel, St. Charles Community College
• Robin Hanson, St. Louis Community College and St. Louis University
• David Lucander, Rockland Community College
• Scott McDermott, Tusculum College

Saturday, April 18

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Comparing Notes: Pre-College and College Teachers Talk about the Teaching of History
Laura Westhoff, University of Missouri–St. Louis
Rene Luis Alvarez, Northeastern Illinois University
• Flannery Burke, St. Louis University
• Franco Scardino, Townsend Harris High School at Queens College
• Ashley Lock, Lindbergh High School
This roundtable discussion will bring together pre-collegiate and college history instructors to discuss shared academic goals and common challenges concerning students' limited ability to read
primary and secondary sources, to apply the concepts and habits of mind specific to the historical discipline, to compose written arguments, and to conduct research. Working with documents,
secondary texts, and assignments as a starting point, panelists and audience members will discuss and identify historical and critical thinking skills that are expected in pre-collegiate and
college-level courses. Our purpose is to encourage supportive and ongoing conversation and collaboration between historians and pre-collegiate teachers who share a desire to improve teaching and
learning history at all levels.

Sunday, April 19

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Enriching the Content of the U.S. History Survey Course: Four Possibilities
Chair and Commentator: Gloria Sesso, Patchogue-Medford School District
- In Search of Good Earth: Enslaved Cosmologies, Dirt Eating, and the African Diaspora
Jerome Dotson, University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Reconsidering the End of America's War in Vietnam: New Insights on the War, 1969–1973
David Prentice, Independent Scholar
- Early Americanists' Neglect of Age as a Category of Analysis
Jason Eden, St. Cloud State University
- Darkology: The History of Amateur Blackface Minstrelsy and the Making of Modern America
RhaeLynn Barnes, Harvard University