ALWH hosted “Teaching Indigenous History as World History”: A One-Day Virtual Workshop for World History Teachers

On June 12, 2021 the Alliance for Learning in World History, led by WHC Associate Director and Head of Educational Outreach Molly Warsh, sponsored a day-long virtual professional development workshop on “Teaching Indigenous History as World History.”

The event included three keynote presentations:

  • Dr. Bonita Lawrence (York University), “Writing Diasporic Indigenous Identities: Connections, Disjunctions and Disavowals”
  • Dr. Kyle Mays (UCLA), “Building Anti-Colonial and Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Thoughts on Our Freedom”
  • Dr. Alaina E. Roberts (University of Pittsburgh), “Who is Indigenous?: Defining Migration and Identity”

Each of the twenty-five participants submitted an assignment or syllabus engaging with indigenous history. Following the keynote lectures, participants broke into smaller groups to workshop and discuss these assignments, facilitated by the keynote speakers and World History Center faculty, as well as to discuss teaching global indigenous history more broadly. The participants included middle school teachers, high school teachers, graduate student teachers, and educators from 2-4 year colleges. 

This event was hosted by the Alliance for Learning in World History, based at the University of Pittsburgh’s World History Center and cosponsored by Pitt's Center for African StudiesAsian Studies Center, and Global Studies Center

Through a partnership with National Humanities Center, the World History Center will publish these educational materials in the Humanities in Class Digital Library, an Open Education Resources Platform.