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Analyzing Works of Art to Interpret Hard History

Spiro Bolos
October 17, 2023

Analyzing Works of Art to Interpret Hard History

Presented at the National Council for Social Studies Conference in Nashville on December 2nd, 2023.

Explore "hard" history through the lens of art and photography. Two thematically similar eras of US History will be connected (Reconstruction through Civil Rights). Works by visual artists Kerry James Marshall, Alfredo Jaar, and photographer Gordon Parks will be featured, and participants will receive links to all worksheets and slides.

Participants will be able to enrich their US History curriculum with two lessons that challenge their students' analytical skills regarding artistic interpretations of difficult moments in American history.

Participants will simulate the classroom environment with a highly structured question and answer discussion format.

Participants will learn how contemporary art can reveal the past in novel ways and inspire discussion of current events.

Spiro Bolos

October 17, 2023

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