SYMP: Beyond the Proclamation: Interpreting Emancipation for Today’s Youth

There will be symposium which will feature presentations by museum professionals, artists, and educators on teaching and engaging K-12 audiences in conversations about the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, as well as other complicated topics in history.

Entitled Beyond the Proclamation: Interpreting Emancipation for Today’s Youth, this symposium is jointly hosted by Independence National Historical Park, Friends of Independence National Historical Park, National Park Service, the Library Company, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and University of Delaware’s President’s Diversity Initiative and University Museums.

In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this symposium will look beyond the historical facts to explore creative ways that difficult topics in history can be taught.

Panelists and presenters will address the incorporation of multiple teaching techniques for a variety of learning styles for a richer classroom experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with their peers and the panelists.

Participating Teachers will be able to earn Act 48 Credits for attending this symposium. Please fill out the educator section of the registration form to receive credit.

Panelists and presenters include:

Panel 1 – Reaching Students in the Classroom and in the Field
· Introduction by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Ph.D.,Director of the Program in African American History, The Library Company of Philadelphia
· Museum Programs: Naomi Coquillon, National Museum of American History
· Experiential Learning: Michelle Evans, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
· K-12 Educator: Amy Cohen, Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
· Reference Librarian: Krystal Appiah, The Library Company of Philadelphia

Panel 2 – Bringing History Alive Through Literature and the Arts
· Introduction by Denise Valentine, Storyteller
· Visual Arts: Jerry Pinkney, Artist
· Games: Amy Hillier, The Ward: Mapping Race and Class in DuBois’ Seventh Ward
· Children’s Literature: Cynthia Levinson, Author
· Performing Arts: Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theatre

*Benjamin Filene, co-editor of Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, will be the keynote speaker.

When: Saturday February 23, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST
Where: WHYY Philadelphia Offices, 150 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Contact: Friends of Independence National Historical Park, 215-861-4971,
Registration is $70. Discounts are available for members of the hosting organizations.

The registration link for the symposium is here:

Contact information:

Ivan D. Henderson
Curator of Education
University Museums
University of Delaware
203 Mechanical Hall
30 North College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716


PHONE: 302-831-8047
FAX: 302-831-8057


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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