Summer Seminar at Washington University Libraries

31 Jul
Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

Washington University Libraries and the African and African-American Studies Department at Washington University conducted a four-day seminar on July 22-25, 2014 for local middle and high school educators to study the complex issues surrounding the history and artifacts of the Civil Rights Era.

The African-American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era seminar was led by university faculty including Dr. Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies,  Dr. Jonathan Fenderson, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, and Dr. Stefan M. Bradley, Director and Associate Professor of African American Studies (Saint Louis University), and provided an in-depth exploration of Washington University’s renowned special collections, including the archives of Henry Hampton, creator of the acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize.

Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist, and Paul Fehler, producer, discuss the film "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" with seminar participants.

Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist, and Paul Fehler, producer, discuss the film “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” with seminar participants.

In addition, curriculum topics, such as defining the Civil Rights Era, primary source research, visual literacy, preserving the materials and memory of the marginalized, and the rise and fall of the American city were discussed. The seminar also included a visit to the Missouri History Museum Library & Research Center and a screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, with a question-and-answer session conducted by Paul Fehler, producer, and Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist. Film & Media Archive, University Archives, and the Modern Graphic History Library staff also conducted sessions and introduced the participants to resources in the collections as well giving an overview of how to conduct archival research.

Participants

Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

All photos by Alison Carrick.

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