Courageous Conversations in the Classroom: Understanding and Teaching American Slavery Workshop with Dr. Bethany Jay

May 22, 2019

Are you a middle or high school teacher seeking support for discussing slavery with your students? Providing an inclusive classroom environment and building empathy requires teaching a history curriculum that reflects the diversity of the present and engages with the tough questions of the past. This seminar will introduce resources to teach American slavery across the chronology and geography of American history, allowing attendees to envision and teach slavery as fundamental, and not incidental, to the history of the United States. During this workshop, teachers will work with a selection of resources and teaching strategies.


Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, co-edited by Dr. Bethany Jay, won the 2018 James Harvey Robinson Prize “for the teaching aid that has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes.” It will be available for purchase before the workshop.



Workshop is open to the public, with a focus on engaging educators of middle and high school students. Registration required no later than one week in advance. Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies.


Bethany Jay is an associate professor of history at Salem State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Boston College in 2009 and teaches courses in nineteenth-century American history, public history, and history education.

Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 77 Forest Street Hartford, CT 06105
Doors Open 3:30 PM
Program 4 PM - 5:30 PM