Community Scholar Speakers


Several NCSS communities have invited the following prominent scholars to speak on issues related to their missions.

Community scholar sessions are open to all attendees. Attend any and all sessions of interest to learn about the discussion topics and the role that communities play within NCSS.

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Diana Hess, Walter Parker, Peter Levine

Sponsored by the Citizenship Community
"New Research on Pedagogical Practices of Highly Effective Civics Teachers”
What can cutting-edge research teach us about what happens in secondary school classrooms that helps build capable, effective, and committed citizens? Learn about the kind of teaching, curriculum, and classroom climate that helps young people build important civic and political knowledge on challenging concepts and issues, develop skills that are essential for effective civic and political engagement, and form dispositions that make it likely that students will participate in their citizen role both now and in the future.
Diana Hess is Senior Vice President of the Spencer Foundation. Walter Parker is Professor of Education and Political Science at the University of Washington. Peter Levine is Director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University.


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Robert Murowchick

Sponsored by the Asia Community
"Making the Past Serve the Present: Politics, Nationalism, and Archaeology in China”
For hundreds of years, archaeology—often misunderstood as an esoteric endeavor of little modern consequence—has provided a powerful tool for the creation and maintenance of national and cultural identity. In China, as in most countries, the development and practice of archaeology have been shaped by and manipulated for political and nationalistic purposes. This lecture will present several fascinating Chinese archaeological case studies from the past 50 years that explore the role of archaeology and museums in modern China and their relevance to China's changing political and economic landscape and its relationships with its Asian neighbors. As William Faulkner has said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The interpretation and presentation of the past is very much a part of China's present and future, significantly impacting its international politics and diplomacy.

Robert Murowchick is Director of the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH) at Boston University.


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Yali Zhao

Sponsored by the International Collaborative Community
"Seeking and Promoting the Common Dreams between Different Worlds: Stories and Efforts of Chinese Immigrant Faculty"
As co-editor of the recently-published book Seeking the Common Dreams between the Worlds: Stories of Chinese Immigrant Faculty in North American Higher Education, Dr. Zhao will share the turbulent yet inspiring and fruitful stories of many Chinese immigrant faculty and their strenuous efforts in seeking the common dreams of peace and cross-cultural understanding between the United States and China.

Yali Zhao is associate professor of Social Studies and Multicultural Education in the College of Education at Georgia State University.


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Keith Maddox

Sponsored by the Psychology Community
"Discovering Bias: Challenges and Opportunities for Organizational Diversity"
Many of us believe that we evaluate and treat people fairly. However, despite our best intentions, we often show bias – racial, gender, and otherwise – in our thoughts, feelings, and actions. In this interactive talk Dr. Maddox will explore the concept of implicit bias, discuss the challenges it presents for leveraging organizational diversity, and consider strategies to mitigate its impact. An informed approach to bias reduction can bring our thoughts, feelings, and actions in line with our organizational – and personal – egalitarian goals.

Keith Maddox is Associate Professor of Psychology at Tufts University.


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LaGarrett King, Beverly Morgan-Welch, John Moore

Sponsored by the African American Educators for the Social Studies Community
"African American Founding Fathers and Mothers of the United States"
The typical K-12 social studies curriculum does not regularly discuss African American Founders of the colonial period and their intellectual efforts toward nation building. This session will provide a heuristic to understand and implement curriculum dealing with how African American founders contributed to U.S. democracy and intellectually challenged white founders’ ideas about blackness.

LaGarrett King is Assistant Professor of Secondary Social Studies Education at Clemson University. Beverly Morgan-Welch is Executive Director of the Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket. John Moore is professor in the School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University.


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Bob Bain

Sponsored by the World History Community
"Reading, Writing and Inquiry Practices of Historians: Big, Bigger, Biggest!"
In the wake of new standards, "thinking like a historian" is not sufficient. Using historians' intellectual practices, Dr. Bain will offer a common framework for teaching and learning history.

Bob Bain is Associate Professor, School of Education, Associate Professor, Department of History, and Chair of Secondary Teacher Education at the University of Michigan.


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Paul Bennett

Sponsored by the Canada Community
"Teaching High School History: The Revival of an Endangered Subject"
History has recovered in Canadian high schools. It survived the "New Social Studies," then embraced the holy grail of "Historical Thinking." Let's look at what happened and why.

Paul Bennett is Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS, and founding director of Schoolhouse Consulting.


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Felisa Tibbits

Sponsored by the Human Rights Community
"Human Rights Education Here and Now: U.S. Practices and International Processes"
Globally and domestically, human rights education prepares students to address underlying causes of human rights violations, prevent abuses, combat discrimination, promote equality, and enhance people's participation in democratic decision-making.

Felisa Tibbits is Lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University and Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates.


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