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Prior History Institutes

2016-2017 | Teaching in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Using sociohistorical and interdisciplinary perspectives to understand mass incarceration in the United States, this series explored concepts and practical examples for the classroom. This year's series was offered in conjunction with the 2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, which was an event series addressing how state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society. Participating teachers attended 8 Feinberg Series lectures and other events, participated in four 90-minute teachers seminars facilitated by Dr. Antonio Nieves Martinez, and developed lesson plans for their classrooms. Workshops included presentations by local teachers and by members of Pa'lante Restorative Justice at Holyoke High School. The series culiminated in a public curriculum share in Holyoke, Massachusetts.


2015-2016 | The 1960s and Beyond in Historical Perspective: Social Justice and Equality in Local Context

This year's History Insitute was a collaboration with the Smith College’s Sophia Smith Collection, UMass Amherst Special Collections and University Archives, and Wistariahurst Museum and Archive. Each session was held at an archive and will focused on local histories of activism and social change from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, including local women's movements, the Latino community organizing in Holyoke, and the creation of communes and utopian communities in rural Western Massachusetts. Participants worked with primary sources from the archives and online sources from the Library of Congress and created lesson plans to bring these events and primary sources into local classrooms. Presenters included Kathleen Nutter Ph.D. (Historian and Archivist, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College), Maria Cartagena (Historian, Board Member and Community Organizer, Wistariahurst Museum), Penni Martorell (Archivist and City Historian, Wistariahurst Museum), and Rob Cox Ph.D. (Head of Special Collections, UMass Du Bois Library Special Collections and University Archives and Adjunct Professor, UMass Amherst Department of History).


2015-2016 | Migration Matters: Immigration in the Modern Americas

This year's History Institute was offered in conjunction with the 2015-2016 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, which explored migration in the modern Americas. Participants attended Feinberg Series lectures with scholars from across the U.S., as well as sessions with UMass Amherst immigration historians. Professor Jennifer Fronc led a session on teaching immigration history with visual sources, and Professor Julio Capó, Jr and Outreach Director Dr. Jessica Johnson facilitated a workshop on new approaches to understanding the history of migration to the U.S.


2013-2014 | Contemporary Events in Historical Perspective

Inspired by the History Department's blog, Past@Present, the 2013-2014 History Institute addressed contemporary events in historical perspective. This four-session institute featured lectures by UMass Amherst History faculty Professors Mary Wilson, Audrey Altstadt, Chris Appy and David Glassberg. By looking closely at Central Asia, the Middle East, the idea of American exceptionalism and the modern environmental movement, the goal of this series was to help teachers gain essential perspective on stories in the news today. Videos of the lectures are available on the History Department YouTube Page.