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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.


Friday, Nov. 13, 10:05AM

Masaya Nemoto

Sponsored by the Asia Community

"Sufferings of Survivors, Actions for Peace: Hiroshima Atomic Bomb"

This presentation will discuss the sufferings of Hiroshima A-bomb survivors, and the formation and development of actions toward peace in Hiroshima from a historical point of view.

Masaya Nemoto is an ethnographic researcher from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, studying atomic bomb survivors in Japan and the U.S.

Friday, Nov. 13, 11:10AM

Elizabeth Yost Hammer

Sponsored by the Psychology Community

"Service Learning to Foster Critical Thinking in the Social Studies Classroom"

When considering learning objectives, most social studies teachers want their students to go beyond merely memorizing basic concepts or facts to developing critical thinking skills and recognizing the relevance of course material. With these goals in mind, service learning (i.e., learning course concepts through active service in the community) is an excellent pedagogical tool. For service learning to be successful in fostering student learning it must include service that addresses specific learning objectives for the course, targets a true community need, and is seamlessly integrated into the course. In this session we will discuss the benefits of service learning to students, teachers, institutions, and community partners. We will explore various categories of service that can be implemented in any discipline. Further, we will discuss the importance of reflection when using service learning, including sample in-class and out-of-class reflective assignments. Session participants will be encouraged to share ideas and experiences with others.

Elizabeth Yost Hammer is Professor of Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2:15PM

Debra Fowler

Sponsored by the LGBTQ & Allies Community

"History Unerased"

In 1988, Debra Fowler was completing her training as a Korean linguist for the U.S. Army when her sexual orientation was disclosed during a top-secret security clearance investigation. She was dishonorably discharged for fraudulent entry. She then chose to serve her country in the classroom - as an educator for social justice. Ms. Fowler will discuss her work on including LGBTQ history in K-12 school curricula.

Debra Fowler is a teacher at Lowell High School, Lowell, MA and co-founder of History UnErased, Inc.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:05AM

Christina Keppie

Sponsored by the Canada Community

"Acadian/Cajun Identity and the Evolution of a Global Minority"

Acadian culture and identity have survived despite historical persecution and diaspora.  Explore Acadian social history from past to present through the arts and interviews.  Many classroom resources will be shared.

Christina Keppie is Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:10AM

Lisa Adeli

Sponsored by the World History Community

"Let's Put our Heads Together: Medieval Muslim-Christian-Jewish Exchanges"

Most great medieval advancements came from an exchange of ideas across cultures and confessions. Islamic Spain and medieval Baghdad serve as the focus for this talk and the accompanying lesson.

Lisa Adeli is Director of Educational Outreach at the University of Arizona Center of Middle Eastern Studies.



Saturday, Nov. 14, 2:40PM

Andrea McEvoy Spero and Susan Katz

Sponsored by the Human Rights Community

"Teaching with a Human Rights Lens”

In this presentation, Susan Roberta Katz and Andrea McEvoy Spero, two scholars in the field of human rights education, will discuss their recent book, Bringing Human Rights Education to U.S. Classrooms, an anthology of chapters from contemporary practitioners at every level of our public schools, including community colleges. The presentation will begin with an overview of the growing movement to mainstream human rights education in U.S. public schools, noting both the challenges and the opportunities. Drs. Katz and Spero will then highlight effective, research-based projects from their book, including curricula integrated into social studies, science, and literature classes at the secondary and post-secondary level. A particular focus of the highlighted programs is to provide students from communities of color with a human rights lens to examine their own lived experiences and recognize the human rights issues embedded in realities of discrimination, poverty, and violence.

Andrea McEvoy Spero is Director of Education at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Susan R. Katz is Professor, International and Multicultural Education at University of San Francisco.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 3:45PM

Mary Johnson

Sponsored by the International Collaborative Community

"Peace through Law: International Movement to Prevent Genocide"

Dr. Mary Johnson will discuss the efforts that people from the international community have made to prevent genocide from a global perspective.

Mary Johnson is Senior Historian at Facing History and Ourselves.

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