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Online Professional Development Seminars for California Teachers!

Through a partnership with the California Department of Education, the National Humanities Center (NHC) is pleased to offer California educators free registration in a series of live, online professional development seminars for history, literature, and humanities teachers. These interactive programs offer educators:

  • Increased content knowledge
  • New teaching resources
  • Fresh instructional approaches

Led by distinguished scholars, the seminars explore historical documents, literary texts, and images to demonstrate and support teaching with primary sources. Seminar materials are free, online, and available on-demand.  

NHC online seminars, Toolbox Library, and TeacherServe® resources align with Partnership for 21st Century Skills to improve student learning. Educators using primary sources help students:

  • develop critical thinking and improve problem solving skills
  • analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs
  • synthesize and make connections between information and arguments

Fall 2019 Webinar Schedule

Sessions have a limit of 200 participants—so sign up early!

View the complete schedule and register on the NHC website.

September 5, 2019: “A Dangerous Unselfishness”: Understanding and Teaching the Complex History of Blackface by Rhae Lynn Barnes, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University

September 12, 2019: “Are You Free to Read, See, Hear?”: Creating Consumer Rights out of the First Amendment by Leigh Ann Wheeler, Professor of History, Binghamton University, State University New York

September 17, 2019California and the History of North America by Bill Deverell, Professor of History, University of Southern California

September 19, 2019: American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Space Race by Douglas Brinkley, Professor of Humanities, Rice University

September 24, 2019: Understanding the Modern Middle East by Akram Khater, Professor of History, Khayrallah Distinguished Professor of Lebanese Diaspora Studies, North Carolina State University

October 1, 2019: Medieval Chivalry, the Crusades, and the Modern Far-Right by Cord Whitaker, Assistant Professor of English, Wellesley College

October 10, 2019: There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945–75 by Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

October 15, 2019: Voter Suppression in the 19th Century North: The Other Disfranchisement and What It Tells Us About Voter Rights Today by Gregory Downs, Professor of History, University of California-Davis

October 22, 2019: The Mathematical Muse: Using Math to Construct Poetry by Patrick Bahls, Professor of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Asheville

October 29, 2019: Shakespeare in an Animate World by Mary-Floyd Wilson, Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NHC Fellow 2008–09, 2016–17)

November 7, 2019: Octavia Butler by Natalie Russell, Huntington Library

November 12, 2019: Big Game Fiction: Ernest Hemingway’s Adventure Writing by Verna Kale, Assistant Research Professor of English and Associate Editor, The Hemingway Letters Project, Pennsylvania State University

November 19, 2019: Into the Desert: America’s Role in the Gulf War by Jeff Engel, Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University

December 5, 2019: Can the Jonestown Massacre Help Us Understand Suicide Bombings, Mass Shootings, and Other Acts of Terrorism? by David Chappell, Professor of Modern U.S. History, Oklahoma University

December 10, 2019: Post-1990s Developments in China’s Relationship to the World by Xing Hang, Associate Professor of History, Brandeis University

December 12, 2019: History of Xenophobia from Ben Franklin to the Muslim Ban by Erika Lee, Professor of History and Asian American  

December 17, 2019: The Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights History by Johnny Smith, Department of History, Georgia Tech

Prior to the webinar, you will receive a link to a web page which includes:

  • Instructions to access the online classroom
  • Assigned readings

On-Demand Humanities in Class Webinars

After each seminar, the audio recording and presentation are available for listening, viewing, and downloading. You can view the archive of more than 100 on-demand videos. Note: On-demand videos may not be submitted for credit.

Earn Credits for National Humanities Center Seminars!

Each National Humanities Center seminar provides three hours of professional development.

National Humanities Center seminars have been vetted and pre-approved by Trinity County Office of Education as meeting the requirements for university credit. Completion of five National Humanities Center seminars--or a variety of seminars and other programs--will provide one credit.

If you are interested in receiving credits from CSU, Chico, just follow a few easy steps!

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