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Teach-in on ‘History, Heritage or Propaganda: Should Confederate Monuments Come Down?’

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 10:55 am / September 26, 2017

Adjunct faulty member Elizabeth Swearingen will present a teach-in titled “History, Heritage or Propaganda: Should Confederate Monuments Come Down?” from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Albertsons Library Room 201C.

Why did Charlottesville’s confederate monuments, which had been of little interest to white nationalists, suddenly become a rallying ground for them, neo-Confederates and alt-right activists? And why are others demanding these monuments be removed? Are they history worth preserving, or are they white nationalist propaganda packaged as heritage that distorts history for the sake of social control? This teach-in will explore the political, economic, historical and cultural meaning of confederate monuments so that you can better understand the deeper issues underlying this debate and decide for yourself.

Boise State Teach-Ins: Where Education Meets (inter) Action

These Boise State teach-ins are sponsored by the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative and Albertsons Library. The quick, accessible “TED-talk” type sessions provide relevant information individuals can use right now to better understand issues, engage more productively with others and act in ways that promote the common good.

Design: there will be 20-30 minutes of teaching followed by 30 minutes of discussion and interaction. Bringing a lunch is encouraged.

When and Where: most Thursdays, noon 1 p.m. in Albertsons Library 201C. The teach-ins also will be streamed on the library website.

For Information on the full teach-in series, please see the Shuler Initiative OrgSync site here: https://orgsync.com/143413/chapter. Join the chapter for event updates and easy links to google calendar.

The teach-in tradition: teach-ins tap faculty expertise to empower people’s participation on issues critical to creating a just and vibrant democracy. They started in 1965 when faculty and students at the University of Michigan organized sessions about the Vietnam War. They spread to hundreds of campuses nationwide, and have been revived every decade to speak to the key issues of the time. Teach-Ins have always sought to promote fact-driven exploration, analysis and activism — and to challenge popular misinformation. They also boil down information into accessible, practical nuggets that are usable and fuel immediate audience engagement.