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In 2016, with funding from the Robina Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC) began planning a three-year international teachers’ workshop series. This program, the GLC Shared Histories Institute, focuses on how different countries have dealt with the legacies and trauma associated with reconstructing the social, economic, and political order following a foundational break in the status quo. The goal of the Institute is to develop best practices for classroom teaching of these difficult topics. The three countries and associated issues included in the first phase of the project are: the United States (Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement), South Africa (the history and legacies of apartheid), and Sierra Leone (colonialism, slavery and the slave trade, and post-colonial struggles). Institute instructors and teachers will compare and contrast the three cases in order to understand how societies might teach reconstruction within broad historical frameworks. The audiences for this project are high school teachers and their students.

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Seth Mazibuko with a group of student visitors. The young man smiling in the photograph behind him is Seth’s 17-year-old self, greeting supporters at his trial for “sedition and terrorism.”
December 3, 2019
Vilakazi Street runs through the township of Orlando West, in Soweto, South Africa. At first glance it’s not very impressive, one could walk from one end to the other in ten...
Waltrina Kirkland-Mullens
November 25, 2019
Saturday November 23, Harvard University’s Center for African Studies was filled with former students and their family members from Waltrina Kirkland-Mullens’ third grade...
January 25, 2019
“Bunce Island and Yagala impacted me in ways hard to describe. I felt the weight and history of those places in a way that deeply moved me. It was an incredible experience to...