History Matters: Dimensions of Freedom in the Nineteenth Century

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San Jacinto College North Campus

5800 Uvalde Road

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Houston, TX 77049

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History Matters is an annual interdisciplinary conference held at San Jacinto College – North Campus in Houston, TX. It was founded by Professor John Gillespie in 2016 with the goal of bringing together scholars from various fields to present a wide range of perspectives on important topics and themes in history. History Matters is proud to foster the presentation and exchange of ideas at San Jacinto College and surrounding communities.


2019 EVENT SCHEDULE

“Dimensions of Freedom in 19th Century America” (2019)

Keynote Address:

Dr. Eric Foner (Columbia University)

“The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Forged a Constitutional Revolution”

Speakers:

Dr. Richard Bailey (San Jacinto College)

"Population, Cotton, and Slavery in Texas, 1820-1870"

Dr. John Barr (Lone Star College)

“We Have Never Had a Good Definition of Liberty’: Abraham Lincoln’s Critics and How They Defined Freedom’

Dr. Brian Jordon (Sam Houston State University)

"Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War"

Dr. Raúl A. Ramos (University of Houston)

"What Does the Texas Revolution mean to Tejanas/os?”

Dr. Fay Yarbrough (Rice University)

"Uncertain Freedom: Choctaw Freedpeople in Indian Territory in the Aftermath of the Civil War”


K-12 TEACHER WORKSHOP (1 p.m. - 2:55)

This workshop will include two sessions in which Dr. Benjamins will share current research on improving history education and ways in which to implement this research into the Texas secondary classroom. Session one will address cutting edge research in the teaching and learning of history. As well, we will take that research and examine resources and tools for directly introducing it into the middle school, high school, and college classroom. Session two will focus on informal writing techniques gleaned from the Institute for Writing and Thinking. These forms of informal writing are done both in preparation for, and quite independently of, formal writing. It is freewriting, unconstrained by any need to appear correctly in public. Yet, it is still reflecting and questioning. This is probative, speculative, generative thinking that is written in class to develop the language of learning. Its basic purpose is to help students to become independent, active learners by creating for themselves the language essential to their personal understanding.

If you are interested in attending please contact Dr. Benjamins directly at Lee.Benjamins@sjcd.edu

Dr. Lee Benjamins spent eighteen years in the secondary classroom where he taught the full range of Social Studies courses at both the Advanced Placement and academic level. In the Houston area he worked in both Katy ISD and Spring Branch ISD. He has been a reader for AP World History, AP US Government, and continues as a reader for the AP US History exam. Dr. Benjamins has led one and two-day College Board training for new and experienced AP US History teachers. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Director of Social Studies in the Division of Curriculum at the Texas Education Agency. Currently, Dr. Benjamins is a Professor of History at San Jacinto College—North. His academic training includes degrees from Texas A&M University (B.A.), Southern Methodist University (M.A.), and the University of Houston (Ph.D.). Previously, he taught at Blinn College, Lone Star College, Houston Community College, and Texas Southern University. Dr. Benjamins has published reviews in The History Teacher, the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of African American History, and Men and Masculinities.

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