Gilder Lehrman Center Hosts Summer Seminar for US and Ghanaian Teachers
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Gilder Lehrman Center Hosts Teachers from Ghana and US in Summer Institute
New Haven, Conn.- From August 1-8, 2010, The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to host "Middle Passages: A Shared History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade," a professional development seminar held at Yale University, which brings together high school teachers from around the United States and Ghana.
During the seminar, fifteen teachers from the United States joined nine teachers from Ghana to study the history and legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Led by historians Yaw Bredwa-Mensah, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Ghana, Stephanie Smallwood, Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington, and James Walvin, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of York, the seminar covers the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the experience of the Middle Passage. Seminar topics include the history of African-European contact, the nature of African societies in the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, the slave trading practices in Africa, the impact of the slave trade on regions of Africa, the character of the coastal trade in the forts and castles, and the numbers and experience of African arrivals in the Americas.
In addition to enjoying academic lectures, participants in the seminar engage in discussions about pedagogy including the use of primary sources in the classroom, best practices, and technology. Highlights of the program include a lecture on The Diligent slave ship by Robert Harms, Henry J. Heinz Professor of History and African Studies at Yale, an introduction to the new online Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, a visit to the collection of slavery related materials at the Beinecke library, and a day trip to New York City to visit the African Burial Ground and the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture.
The idea for the seminar originated in 2007 during a conference in Ghana commemorating the 200th anniversary of the closing of the Transatlantic slave trades. Designed as a three-year program and now in its second year, the Middle Passages Seminar was held at the Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana in 2009, and will be held in the United Kingdom in 2011.
Middle Passages is the fifth Gilder Lehrman seminar to be held at Yale this summer. Other seminars included "Slave Narratives," "Jim Crow and the Fight for American Citizenship," "Passages to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in History and Memory," and "The Lost World of Early America."
For full details about the seminar including photographs, a course syllabus, and a reading list, visit http://www.yale.edu/glc/mpi/
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