“Big History:” Teaching and Research
October 17-18, 2008
Harford Community College; Bel-Air, MD
MAWHA is pleased to announce our twelfth annual Mid-Atlantic World History Association conference. Our special focus this year will be on the broad themes in World History, how they may be taught and what research is being done to promote their understanding.
Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:
-The most important forces operating in world history
-When did the world as a global community begin?
-Drawing the line between the pre-modern and modern eras?
-The usefulness of concepts like “Southernization” and “Westernization?”
-The role of geography and climate in world history?
-Revisiting Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs and Steel”
-The impact of various regions on world history
-Explaining the rise and fall of civilizations
-The nomad-sedentary conflict in world history
Possible teaching panels/workshops:
-Using the arts to compare and contrast cultures—visual images
-The use of maps in teaching world history—geographical literacy and world view context
-The role of the textbook in teaching world history
-Using technology to reach today’s students
Possible roundtable discussions:
-Using broad themes as focal points in teaching world history
-Techniques that encourage students to think in terms of broad themes
We welcome proposals on any subject, period or area from independent scholars as well as teachers/scholars from universities, colleges, secondary schools, publishers and other related institutions. Proposals may include individual papers, collaborative projects or roundtable discussions of a topic or theme connected to world history.
Professor Anthony Snyder Dept. of History
Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ 07738
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