The American Association of Colleges & Universities defines liberal education as “a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of value, ethics, and civic engagement.” The Teagle Foundation Project will examine how a history major prepares students for diverse career paths and for avocational interests that enhance civic engagement in their communities.
Tomorrow, July 25th, University of Wisconsin professor emeritus Crawford Young will give a free public lecture at the Library of Congress on “The African Colonial State and the Encounter with Decolonization.” The lecture is sponsored by the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center and the National History Center, and is part of the Center’s Second International Research Seminar on Decolonization (held from July 9-August 4). Young’s talk will take place at 4 p.m. in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building.
This coming Tuesday, July 10th, the National History Center will be holding a free public lecture by William Roger Louis, Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas, on “The End of European Colonial Empires.” The talk will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Louis will discuss the end of European colonial empires, but will also examine the creation of post-colonial states in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein presented opening remarks at yesterday’s National History Center conference “Reforming History Education: New Research on Teaching and Learning.” Weinstein spoke on the necessity of effective historical education, proposing it as a means for “higher advocacy of coherent citizenship.” Weinstein emphasized the link between history education and the vitality of society—a link that experts echoed throughout the day as they debated the problems with history education policy and the future of the field.
Panelists discussed how best to revitalize historical education through successful structures and methods of historical education and evaluation.