Symposium 2013


 Dr. Benjamin Filene

Benjamin Levine, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor and Director of Public History at the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)
Prior to UNCG, Dr. Filene worked in the exhibition department at the Minnesota Historical Society (1997-2006), where he served as Senior Exhibit Developer.  He was lead developer on Open House: If These Walls Could Talk, winner of a WOW Award for innovation and an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.  Filene serves on the board of the National Council on Public History.  He co-edited the collection Letting Go? Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, published by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage (2011).


Saturday February 23, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST
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WHYY Philadelphia Offices 
150 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Friends of Independence National Historical Park 

Beyond the Proclamation: Interpreting Emancipation for Today's Youth 

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.

Targeted towards K-12 educators in schools and other educational environments, this workshop explores 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.

Panel 1 - Reaching Students in the Classroom and in the Field

Introduction by Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, 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 High 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

Symposium Information

The Symposium is an all day program that includes 2 Panel Discussions and a Keynote Luncheon.  Light refreshments will be served during the Registration and Break Time

8:00 am to 8:45 am Networking and Material Distribution
8:45 am to 10:45 am - Panel Discussion 1
10:45 am to 11:00 am - Break
11:00 am to 12:45 pm - Panel Discussion 2
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Cost of the Program: $70

If you are a member of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Library Company of Philadelphia or the Friends of Independence, you are entitled to a discount of $10 off the Symposium admission fee.  Please check off member and tell us in which host organization you have an active membership in when registering.

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