11 a.m.-12:25 p.m. | FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PRESENTATION FOLLOWED BY Q&A
American history must be retold and reconfigured as a discipline at the K-12 level. Too many high school students grow up without knowing the real history of activist Helen Keller, the atrocities attributed to “hero” Christopher Columbus, and the horrific fall-out of the My Lai massacre. The premise of James Loewen’s American Book Award-winning work, Lies My Teacher Told Me, argues that we ignore such monumental events in American history at our collective peril.
WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS
2:15-3:40 p.m. | FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
James Loewen will facilitate an interactive workshop targeted for current and future educators that introduces pedagogical principles based on Loewen’s work on curriculum reform. Realizing that all of us have been, are, and will be educated by current and future educators, everyone is encouraged to attend and participate.
5:30-8:30 p.m. | FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
La Crosse City Hall, Common Council Chambers
400 LA CROSSE STREET | FIRST FLOOR
Sundown towns were a form of segregation, in which a city in the U.S. was purposely all-white, excluding people of other races. James Loewen, author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, will present his ongoing research and perspective on sundown towns in the United States and, specifically, in the Midwest. He will focus his attention and discussion on recent research conducted at UWL that indicates La Crosse should be included in the category of sundown towns, and will invite audience members — particularly those in positions of power in our community — to consider ways in which La Crosse can acknowledge and then work to change this crucial aspect of its history and character.
QUESTIONS? CONTACT THOMAS HARRIS AT 608.780.7153 OR THARRIS@UWLAX.EDU