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Race and Membership in American History: A Historical Exploration of Contemporary Issues

July 13, 2020 to July 16, 2020
Race and Membership in American History

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Race and Membership in American History: A Historical Exploration of Contemporary Issues

What are the origins of the concept of race? How did ideas about race shape the way people thought and responded to differences between humans? In the late 1800s, many people believed that the race science of Eugenics was a progressive solution to social problems. Followers of Eugenics argued that protecting “racial purity” was essential in creating a healthy nation. Today, scholars and scientists agree that there is no biological difference among humans. In the United States and around the world, however, the racialized legacy of the Eugenics movement continues to have a profound impact on many aspects of modern society, including but not limited to:

  • immigration policy

  • gender and sexual identity

  • housing and racial wealth gaps

  • the experiences of the disabled

  • inequity in education

  • disparities in health care

In this seminar, you will:

  1. Explore historical themes of inclusion & exclusion that are foundational to any humanities course

  2. Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical and literacy skills

  3. Experience methods for developing classroom spaces to have conversations on social justice issues

  4. Receive a free copy of Facing History and Ourselves’ Resource book Race and Membership in the United States

After this seminar, you will:

  1. Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  2. Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

This seminar is eligible for graduate credit through the University of San Diego.

This seminar is recommended for 6-12th grade educators who teach ethnic studies, biology, U.S. history, world history, American studies, or the humanities.

Breakfast and lunch will be served. If you have any dietary allergy or intolerance, please email

Milpitas High School
1285 Escuela Pkwy
Milpitas, CA 95035
July 13, 2020 - July 16, 2020
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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