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Teaching Hard History: Building Relationships and Engaging “Hard History” through Poetry

Thursday, Dec. 3, 4:30–6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Register hereThis virtual, interactive workshop is free for educators, but space is limited and registration is required. For information, email or visit the Carolina Public Humanities website. Other individuals are welcome as space allows

Presenter: Dr. Sonny Kelly, Storyteller, Motivational and Empowerment Speaker

Poetry is an excellent tool for helping students—in any course—explore and connect with issues related to identity and inclusion, as well as controversial topics that are part of “hard history” and current events; it can provide a model and inspiration for students; it can offer a safe point of entry for the discussion of challenging pasts and present issues and events—enabling them to tell their own stories, while building safe classroom communities.
In this interactive virtual session, Kelly, an acclaimed actor, storyteller, scholar, and educator, will engage us to realize ready-to-go strategies for classrooms, whether in-person or remote, that help students consider their own sense of self, community, and agency—as they, at the same time, learn to listen, think critically, and speak actively and compassionately.

All educators (K–12, community college and community educators, college and university) are welcome to attend, as well as individuals with interest in the topic; however, material shared will be most relevant for educators of grades 8 and higher. Registrants should be prepared to participate and interact, with video and voice activated throughout the webinar. K–12 teachers can receive CEUs for participating. Space is limited to 30 participants.

This year’s virtual series is provided by Carolina K–12 and the North Carolina Museum of History; funding is provided by the Braitmayer Foundation.