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Nov. 2 Teach-in: Confederates, White Flight and the Aryan Nations

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 7:19 am / October 30, 2017

Join Jill Gill, Boise State Department of History, from noon-1 p.m. Nov. 2 in Albertsons Library, Room 201C, for a teach-in titled “Idaho’s Southern Accent: Confederates, White Flight and the Aryan Nations.”

Was the Aryan Nations’ arrival in Idaho in the mid-1970s merely the work of outsiders – an unwanted invasion by out-of-state racists who misrepresented and shamed Idahoans in the eyes of the nation? Or were they part of a larger trend that tied Idaho to the confederate South consistently throughout its history? And where does Idaho most strongly align today: with the forces of human rights or with that of white backlash?

This teach-in will examine historical patterns and allow participants to decide for themselves.

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, Room 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: 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.