2013 Conference Speakers
Representative John Lewis
Representative John Lewis is eager to reach a new generation of Americans with the story of his legendary role as one of the "Big Six" leaders in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, remains a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He believes that the nonfiction graphic book format of his autobiographical three-volume project March will effectively engage readers with the story of the Movement and help document the extreme violence faced by him and other Civil Rights activists.
Representative Lewis, first elected from Georgia's 5th Congressional District in 1986, has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. Rep. Nancy Pelosi has called Rep. Lewis "the conscience of the U.S. Congress." Roll Call magazine has said, "John Lewis . . .is a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber."
Saturday, November 23, 11:45AM-12:45PM, America's Ballroom
Taylor BranchTaylor Branch is the bestselling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63; Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65; At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968; and The Clinton Tapes. In his new book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, Mr. Branch identifies eighteen essential moments from the Civil Rights Movement, and providing selections from his trilogy, places each moment in historical context with a newly written introduction. He has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Baltimore.
Mr. Branch's appearance is generously sponsored by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Friday, November 22, 11:15AM-12:15PM, America's Ballroom
Oliver StoneOliver Stone is the Oscar®-winning director and writer of more than 20 films, including Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, JFK, Wall Street, and Salvador. He has directed four documentaries, the latest the new 10-episode Showtime series, The Untold History of the United States. He also co-wrote the companion book with history professor Peter Kuznick. Prior to his film career, Mr. Stone worked as a schoolteacher in Vietnam, among other jobs. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68, and was wounded twice and decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor.
Friday, November 22, 11:15AM-12:15PM, America's Ballroom
Peter KuznickPeter Kuznick is a professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. He is currently serving his third term as distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. Dr. Kunick has written extensively about science and politics, nuclear history, and Cold War culture. He co-wrote the new 10-episode Showtime series, The Untold History of the United States and the companion book with Oliver Stone.
Saturday, November 23, 1:30-2:30PM, Room 220/229
Rita CosbyRita Cosby is a renowned TV host and veteran correspondent who anchored highly rated primetime shows on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News Channel. She is currently a special correspondent for the CBS syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition and hosts WOR’s radio program, The Rita Cosby Show. She has received three Emmy Awards and the Jack Anderson Award for journalism excellence. Ms. Cosby has interviewed five U.S. Presidents and more than a dozen other world leaders. In 2011, she was recognized by the US Congress for her achievements. She is also the author of the recent bestseller, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past, which details her discovery about her Polish father as a Warsaw Upriser and Nazi prisoner of war, who was saved by American troops. Having spoken at the United Nations, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon, her critically acclaimed book has become required reading at many major U.S. universities and used as a centerpiece for discussions on those dealing with Post Traumatic Stress and their families.
Friday, November 21, 9:00-9:55AM, Room 220/229
Joy HakimJoy Hakim is an acclaimed American author of narrative historical nonfiction, known best for her ten-volume series, A History of US and its companion history Freedom: A History of US. Originally from Rutland, Vermont, Ms. Hakim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government at Smith College and a Master’s degree and honorary Doctorate from Goucher College. Throughout her career as a writer and teacher of elementary school, middle school, high school, and community college students, she has remained devoted to creating “textbooks that can be held to the same high standards as the best fiction and nonfiction” in efforts to further 21st-century skills through literacy and critical thinking.
Ms.Hakim's appearance in generously sponsored by Social Studies School Service.
Friday, November 22, 1:00-2:00PM, America's Ballroom
Steven PaineSteven Paine is President for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. A consummate life-long educator, Dr. Paine has held numerous positions of leadership in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining P21, he served as Senior Advisor to the McGraw-Hall Education Research Foundation and as a senior level Vice President to CTB/McGraw-Hill, the assessment company within McGraw-Hill Education. From 2005 to 2011, he served as West Virginia's 25th state superintendent of schools. Under his leadership, West Virginia was internationally and nationally recognized for its 21st century learning program entitled Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it. Led by Dr. Paine, West Virginia transformed the rigor and relevance of its public school instructional program with the goal of providing all West Virginia children the skills that would enable them to excel in a fiercely competitive global world.
Friday, November 22, 4:20-5:15PM, Room 220/229
Mary Beth TinkerMary Beth Tinker was a plaintiff in the landmark students' rights case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, involving free speech. When Mary Beth, her brother John, and their friend Chris Eckhardt wore black armbands to school to signify their support for ending the Vietnam War, they were suspended from their public school in Des Moines, Iowa. They sued the school district, and their case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which held in 1969 that students (and teachers) have First Amendment rights in school that cannot be censored. Ms. Tinker, a pediatric nurse, will speak with NCSS participants as part of the Tinker Tour, stopping at schools throughout the country to bring the Constitution to life.
Saturday, November 23, 6:30-8:00PM, America's Ballroom
Harold HolzerHarold Holzer, one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War has authored, co-authored, and edited 43 books, including his latest, Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America, the official companion book for young readers to the Steven Spielberg film "Lincoln." He acted as a Content Consultant to the film. He now serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001-2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. Among his many books are Emancipating Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory, and Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President, and three books written especially for young readers: Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons, The President Is Shot!, and Abraham Lincoln, The Writer.www.haroldholzer.com
Mr. Holzer's appearance is generously sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers.
Saturday, November 23, 9:15-10:15AM, Room 220/229
Kenneth C. DavisKenneth C. Davis is the author of Don’t Know Much About History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and gave rise to the Don’t Know Much About series, which has a combined in-print total of some 4.7-million copies. In 2011, Don’t Know Much About History: Anniversary Edition was released, a newly revised, updated and expanded edition of the book that started the series. Mr. Davis aims to become a subject expert in all of the areas he writes about – the Bible, Mythology, the Universe, the Civil War, for example. His latest book is Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents.
Mr. Davis's appearance is generously sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers.
Friday, November 21, 10:05-11:00AM, Room 220/229
Robert EdselRobert M. Edsel is the best-selling author of the nonfiction books, Rescuing Da Vinci, The Monuments Men and Saving Italy. Mr. Edsel is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary film, The Rape of Europa. In addition, he is the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit entity which received the National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given in the United States for work in the Humanities. Mr. Edsel also serves as a Trustee at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. A film version of The Monuments Men, written, directed and starring Academy Award winner George Clooney is scheduled for theatrical release on December 18, 2013.
Saturday, November 23, 2:45-3:45PM, Room 220/229
Lara SetrakianLara Setrakian is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of News Deeply. She has spent more than five years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East for television, radio, and digital platforms, reporting for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, the Business Insider, and Monocle Magazine. She has since focused on the fusion of news and technology; the launch of her first platform, Syria Deeply, launched in December 2012. Ms. Setrakian was widely acclaimed for her groundbreaking use of social media in reporting on Iran’s 2009 election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011. She was the only network reporter traveling with the US Navy’s counter-piracy task force when it caught its first band of suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
Saturday, November 23, 4:00-5:00PM, Room 220/229
Fritz FischerFritz Fischer is Professor of History and Director of History Education at the University of Northern Colorado, where he teaches courses in American History and directs the teacher preparation program for secondary school history teachers. He wrote Making Them Like Us: Peace Corps Volunteers in the 1960s in 1998 and has published more than a dozen articles and book chapters on history education and history education policy. A national leader in the field of history education for the past decade, he has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Council for History Education since 2009 and serves on the Board of Advisors of Mt. Vernon and numerous other national boards for history and history education. He is currently finishing his new book, The Memory Hole: The US History Curriculum Under Siege.
Friday, November 22, 3:15-4:10PM, Room 220/229
Warren ZanesWarren Zanes is the Executive Director of Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF). The former VP of Education and Programs at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Dr. Zanes has taught at several American universities, including Case Western Reserve University, University of Rochester, and The School of Visual Arts. Presently taking the RRFF and its middle and high school History of Rock and Roll curriculum into its first years of implementation, Dr. Zanes tests his curricular ideas on his two sons, Lucian, age 10, and Piero, age 8. So far so good. A former member of Warner Bros. recording artists The Del Fuegos, he has released three solo recordings, including the most recent, "I Want To Move Out in the Daylight!"
Saturday, November 23, 10:30-11:30 AM, Room 274
Tracy CampbellTracy Campbell is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center at the University of Kentucky. He has written four books, including The Gateway Arch: A Biography, published in 2013 by Yale University Press. He has appeared on NPR's "Weekend Edition" and Sirius Radio's "The Bob Edward Show."
Saturday, November 23, 9:15-10:15AM, Room 274
Colin GordonColin Gordon is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History Department at the University of Iowa. He is interested in public policy and political economy in the United States since 1920. He is the author of several books, including Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City, which traces the transformation of metropolitan St. Louis in the 20th century, focusing on local regulation of land use, including restrictive deed covenants, real estate restrictions, and municipal zoning. Mapping Decline employs both conventional archival research and digital (GIS) mapping of a range of archival, demographic, and political data. The maps are available at http://mappingdecline.lib.uiowa.edu/
Friday, November 22, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Landmark Ballroom 5/6, Renaissance Grand Hotel
Francis GodwyllJan L. Tucker Memorial Speaker
Dr. Francis Godwyll is a professor in the College of Education & Human Services at the University of North Florida, and most recently served as Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Ohio University and an Ohio University Exchange Scholar. Before coming to the United States, he taught in five different institutions of higher education in his native Ghana and two in Germany. His major research interests include education in Ghana, diversity issues, children's rights, and communication barriers.