Film and American History | Newberry

Film and American History

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Robert Johnston, University of Illinois at Chicago
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This discussion-oriented seminar will combine intellectual and pedagogical reflections on the uses of history in important recent works in American film. We will explore large philosophical and intellectual issues related to truth, fiction, facts, storytelling, and representation. At the same time, we will talk about how to best use film in the history classroom. Hollywood keeps pumping out momentous movies about the American past, but for now we will focus on controversies related to Lincoln, Twelve Years a Slave, and Selma.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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