Preparing our Students to be Informed Citizens:
Making Sense of the News Today
Join Flow of History for after-school workshops on improving your students’ media literacy and understanding of civic responsibility, followed by an evening talk that further illuminates the topic. Choose from three different dates and locations. These workshops are aligned with First Wednesday programs sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council on the theme “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” and sponsored by the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies. Each workshop will include a reading and discussion component, as well as a hands-on classroom activity about civic online reasoning. A light dinner will be provided, with the evening speakers invited to join workshop participants as available.
See below for the list of dates and locations with the associated reading and evening presentation. Graduate credit (1) will be available from Castleton University for those who also attend the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies conference on December 7 at The Equinox in Manchester, Vermont, where the keynote program will also address the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” theme and feature national journalist and Vermont native Garrett Graff.
Books will be mailed to participants after you register. Please bring a computer or tablet to the workshop for the civic online reasoning activity.
November 7: Montpelier, VT
Workshop Location: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street
Book: Nadine Strossen, Hate: Why We Should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship, a cogent argument that serves as an excellent primer on the First Amendment.
First Wednesday Talk: News, “Fake News,” and Democracy in America, Former Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mark Potok
First Wednesday Location: Unitarian Church, 130 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m.
December 5: Rutland, VT
Workshop Location: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street
Book: David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, the story of America's move to using cyber as a key part of its arsenal in the broader context of its impact on both defense strategy and civil liberties.
First Wednesday Talk: Objectivity in the Fake News Era, Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Edition”
First Wednesday Location: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland, 7:00 p.m.
February 6: St. Johnsbury, VT
Workshop Location: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St. [to be confirmed]
Book: Anjan Sundaram, Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, a firsthand account of press repression in contemporary Rwanda.
First Wednesday Talk: The News about the News, David Shribman (executive editor at the Pittsburg Post-Gazette and Cynthia Skrzycki (journalist and professor of English at the University of Pittsburg.
First Wednesday Location: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, 7:00 p.m.
$20 for single workshop (First Wednesday talks are free)
$330 for workshop with graduate credit (including registration for the VASS conference)
Register online here
This program is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, Thank you!