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Community Scholar Speakers

NCSS Communities have invited these prominent scholars to speak on issues related to their missions. Attend sessions of interest to learn about the discussion topics and NCSS Communities.

A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

Sponsored by the NCSS Asia Community

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, social studies faculty member at Punahou School in Honolulu and author of the narrative nonfiction book Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds (Harper, 2016) will discuss how a single family reveals the history of Japanese immigration to the West Coast, the experience of nisei second-generation children born and raised as American citizens, the Pacific War, internment, the home fronts in two countries, the atomic bomb, and lasting peace. Those who cross cultures -- no matter how tumultuous the journey -- are those who bridge them.

Research & Social Studies Practice in Conversation: Addressing Race in the Social Studies & Using Role-Play to Tackle Political Discussions

Sponsored by the NCSS Research Community

Presentation of research relevant to social studies classrooms: 1) Approaches to centralizing race in social studies by working against individual prejudice or against racial inequity, 2) How role-play in the classroom, when carefully designed and implemented, can help students discuss political issues, take on different perspectives, and understand political processes.