History Block Party
SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 – the History Block party starts at 12:30 with the first History Workshop of the Fall 2018 semester featuring Sharon Block, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine. Author of Colonial Complexions: Race and Bodies in Eighteenth-Century America (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and Rape and Sexual Power in Early America (UNC Press, 2006), Professor Block’s presentation is focused toward graduate students. A light lunch will follow the workshop.
“Radical Pedagogies in the History Classroom and Beyond”
How can we rethink history courses to engage students in multiple ways of doing history? How can our pedagogical choices help to de-police and de-colonize the classroom? I’ll offer concrete examples ranging from huge undergraduate lectures to graduate MA and PhD courses and discuss specific assignments (student-written exams), classroom practices (self-grading, living syllabus), and digitally based approaches (crowd-based research, fully shared student work) to explain how I’ve worked to re-invigorate historical inquiry within and beyond traditional course requirements.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
MUNROE HALL 203
Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, Africana Studies, Women’s Studies, English, History, the Vice Provost for Diversity, and the University Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events.
The Block party will continue in the evening when Sharon Block will be the featured speaker at the Department of History’s Harrington Lecture beginning at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Gore 105.
“Creating Race on Early American Bodies”
Using 4,000 descriptions of missing persons, Block’s cultural history traces how common language called race and identity into being before the rise of nineteenth-century scientific racism. In the colonial eighteenth-century, a multitude of characteristics besides skin color reified racial assumptions. Colonists discursively justified a race-based slave system not by opposing black and white, but by accumulating differences in the bodies they described. Such subtle systemization of racism naturalized enslavement into bodily description, erased Native American heritage, and privileged life histories only for people of European heritage. Block’s rereading of the eighteenth-century racial landscape offers a fine-tuned analysis of evolving notions of racial difference.
Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, Africana Studies, Women and Gender Studies, English, History, the Vice Provost for Diversity, and the University Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events. Additional support provided by the History department’s Harrington Fund.