Biographical Portraits as a World History Lens

3-part webinar series analyzing a trio of diverse figures in world history from 1200 to 1600 CE.

FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Textual analysis & interpretation; Evaluating visual evidence; Analyzing point of view & purpose

DATES: October 24, November 8, December 5, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. EST
PDPs (New for 2016-2017!): 10*

Three renowned historians come together in this series to ask, what can a single life tell us about deep and broad themes in the making of our global world? Our selected figures, male and female, span a pivotal four centuries in the history of Europe, Africa and Asia (1200 to 1600), bridging the late medieval and early modern eras.   These eventful life stories can help students probe the nature of leadership and political authority, the dynamics of power, gender and family, the dissemination of ideas across cultural boundaries, and continuity and change in history.

The interactive format of the series will allow us to engage scholars and colleagues in lively discussion about the practice of biographical research and the uses of life narratives in the world history classroom.

Sorghaghtani Beki and her son Khubilai Khan with Professor Morris Rossabi, Queens University and Columbia University
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ibn Battuta: Muslim Traveler, Cosmopolitan Thinker with Professor Ross Dunn, San Diego State University
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Elizabeth I of England and Aminatu of Zazzau (Nigeria): Commanding Queens with Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Especially for 6-12 educators.

*PDP credit available for teacher participation in the full series.  



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