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Collaborating with the National Humanities Center to Bring Harlem Renaissance to Life

As we continue to expand our online offerings for educators, we are especially pleased to be forging a new partnership with the National Humanities Center (NHC) and their America in Class® online professional development series. "In our conversations with NHC—initiated over a year ago—we recognized immediately a common outlook: we're two organizations offering rigorous, relevant online learning for classroom teachers," explains Program Director Susan Zeiger. Known for featuring close reading of primary sources introduced by leading history and humanities scholars, NHC turned to Primary Source to help bring a global angle to their traditionally strong programming in American History. The upcoming program The New Negro Movement in a Global Perspective on March 26th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. is the first fruit of this collaboration.

Free for educators thanks to our collaboration, this program places the Harlem Renaissance within its larger context as one part of a New Negro movement that spanned the globe. Teaching this program will be longtime Primary Source collaborator Davarian Baldwin, the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College. A historian, cultural critic, and social theorist of urban America, Baldwin recently co-edited the groundbreaking collection Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem. "I am astonished by the range and creativity of the connections that Davarian makes in this work, from jazz to the Garvey movement, professional boxing to the Spanish Civil War," says Zeiger. "The seminar is sure to help U.S. history teachers develop an internationalized focus for presenting the interwar years."

As a bonus program offering, Primary Source's Librarian and Program Directors curated a collection of primary and secondary resources for teachers who want to bring a global view to their teaching of African American history between the world wars. "There are some amazing resources about the Harlem Renaissance and New Negro movement available online," says Librarian Jennifer Hanson. "We selected 15-20 high-quality resources that teachers can use in the classroom and to build their own knowledge on the topic." One of many Primary Source Pinterest boards aimed at placing classroom-friendly resources into the hands of educators, the Harlem Renaissance Pinterest board includes links to classroom lessons, book recommendations, and websites with primary source collections.

Register now for this special, free learning opportunity.

 

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