Monday, February 29, 2016

‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’ Author Speaking in Placid Friday

lies my teacher told meThe author of a best-selling book decrying the state of history education in the United States will speak at a teacher workshop in Lake Placid on Friday, March 4.

John Brown Lives! will host James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, at a day-long workshop, “Teaching the Past & Why It Matters Today,” meant to help teachers, librarians and others working with students constructively engage issues of social justice in the classroom and community using history and dialogue as primary tools.

First published in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me challenged traditional historical narratives taught to students. After comparing a dozen history textbooks then in widespread use, Loewen concluded that the books were filled with an “embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism, and plain misinformation.”

Loewen will lead an interactive workshop in which he will engage participants in discussing one of the most important yet little-understood eras in race relations in U.S. history.

Others speaking at the event include:

J.W. Wiley, chief diversity officer at SUNY-Plattsburgh, will address the activist movements taking root on campuses and in communities, and how teachers can give students the tools to use that activism constructively.

Donathan Brown, associate professor at Ithaca College, will talk about historical struggles in the fight to gain – and keep – this most fundamental right.

Women’s studies pioneer Sally Roesch Wagner will discuss the influence of Iroquois women on the early suffrage movement.

The Andrew Goodman Foundation has donated educational materials that will be distributed to all attendees.

The event will be held from 8 am – 3 pm on Friday, March 4, at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. Registration costs $60, or $100 for two people from the same school or organization. For more information, contact John Brown Lives! at (518) 744-7112 or

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