master class

Imaging Civil Rights Protest—1900 – 2020

with Deborah Willis
Online
Tuesday, December 7, 2020 • Monday, December 14, 2020
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are not yet open.

We will survey historic images, mostly photographic, which document the influential leaders and events of the civil rights movement. These images were intended to promote racial justice, end segregation, establish voting rights, and call attention to extreme poverty within Black communities in the United States and South Africa.

Deborah Willis is professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she teaches photography & imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories. The recipient of a MacArthur and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, and co-author of The Black Female Body A Photographic History; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. She has appeared in and consulted on media projects including the documentary Through A Lens Darkly and Question Bridge: Black Males, which received the ICP Infinity Award 2015, and American Photography, a PBS documentary. 

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Slavery & Native Americans

with Christian Crouch
Online
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are not yet open.

Colonial and nineteenth-century Native/Indigenous history and Black history are often taught as separate topics, with the former placed outside the frame of U.S. national development and the latter considered overwhelmingly in terms of slavery in the antebellum Cotton Kingdom. This class offers a chance to consider the entwined themes of race and dispossession in the North, not the South, and to think about the connections between Native and Black individuals. The sources covered look at both material culture (including sculptures by Edmonia Lewis) and texts (such as the abolition narrative of Sophia Pooley) and will demonstrate why it is important to think of the intersection of the African diaspora with Native Studies when considering American history. The class will also offer ways to think of primary sources as visual histories, not just illustrations, which can enhance classroom discussions.

Christian Ayne Crouch is Associate Professor of Historical Studies and Director of American Studies at Bard College. She is the author of the award-winning Nobility Lost: French and Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians, and the End of New France, and her scholarship has delved into the Atlantic military culture, French imperial legacies, and the intersection of Native and African-American history and material culture. Her current book project, Queen Victoria’s Captive: A Story of Ambition, Empire, and a Stolen Ethiopian Prince, reevaluates East African colonial encounters and the human consequences of the world’s most expensive hostage rescue mission.

Black Joy & Black Excellence

with Rosalie Uyola
Online
Monday, October 12, 2020
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Sign up here by Thursday, October 7.
Live closed captioning will be provided.

Black history and culture in America includes joyful celebrations as well as extraordinary achievements in all areas of life. Because in most schools, the history of Black life focuses on enslavement, the 13th Amendment, Jim Crow, redlining, Brown vs. Board of Ed, and more recently, mass incarceration and police brutality,  this Academy for Teachers presentation will highlight other aspects of Black experience, specifically Black labor and resistance through the lens of the Oak Bluffs community on Martha’s Vineyard and Black Wall Street.

Academy for Teachers Fellow Rosie Jayde Uyola is a K-12 teacher, independent scholar, documentary filmmaker, and a researcher of memory, commemoration, and Black Life and Culture. They also develop open-access digital humanities projects for K-12 education in NYC. Rosie’s publications include “Memory and the Long Civil Rights Movement” in The Seedtime, the Work, and the Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America, “The Digital City: Memory, History, and Public Commemoration” in Ácoma International Journal of North-American Studies, Italia, “Home Sweet Home – Race, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis” in The War on Poverty: A Retrospective, “Race, Empire, and the Rise of the Mortgage Industrial Complex,” The Newark Experience Digital Archive, and “Women in the Black Freedom Movement” in School Series Production of Harriet Tubman, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. They were an NEH Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.

Improv for Teachers of Any Subject

with Elana Fishbein
Online
Thursday, August 13, 2020
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Teaching and improv have a lot in common. Both require a positive attitude, an embrace of the unpredictable, and a collaborative nature. This workshop is geared for non-theater teachers interested in seeing how improv skills can wake up their teaching, whether in-person or online.

Elana Fishbein is a teacher and improviser at the Magnet Theater in New York City. She has worked with thousands of students of all ages, designing improv curriculum and facilitating workshops for corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions all over the United States and beyond. Elana holds an M.A. in Educational Theater from NYU and a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College. For more information visit her website elanafishbein.com.

Soundtrack of Black Lives Matter: Activist Music in the Classroom

with Maria De Valle, Nicholas Ryan Gant, Janelle Lawrence, Alice Tsui & Martin Urbach
Online
Thursday, August 6, 2020
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

In this hands- and voice-on session for teachers who use (or want to use) music in their classroom, participants will engage in anti-racist, abolitionist, liberatory, community music-making. We will talk about the ways music has been central to liberation movements throughout history, and then work together to make music that responds to the current moment.

Maria De Valle is the CEO of Shine on Kids Arts Initiative. A music teacher with eight years of experience, she has founded music programs in elementary schools throughout the city. Shine on Kids NYC gives families the opportunity to bond, learn, and grow together through musical experiences.

Nicholas Ryan Gant is a New York-based singer/songwriter. A graduate of Howard University, Nicholas works as a vocal coach in the New York area, sings support vocals for the likes of Mariah Carey, Ledisi, Run the Jewels, Sy Smith, Miri Ben-Ari, and Michael McDonald. His latest project, Maze EP, is a collaboration with producer Kriswontwo from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Janelle Lawrence is a writer, composer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Broad Views on Broadway, a non-profit Theatre Company dedicated to equal opportunity and representation of new theatre pieces. Their work has been seen at Club Cumming, Teatro La Tea, Joe’s Pub, and Dixon Place, and they are co-moderator of Musical Theatre Factory’s Women/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Roundtable and a 2020 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellow.

Alice Tsui is an Asian American/Chinese American pianist, music educator, scholar, activist, and lifelong Brooklynite. She holds degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education and is completing a doctorate at Boston University. She is the founding music teacher at P.S. 532 New Bridges Elementary, in Crown Heights, and is on the piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music’s summer program. Alice facilitates freestyle rap, hip-hop, improv, and comedy musical experiences with youth and adults across the U.S. with Freestyle Love Supreme.

Academy Fellow Martin Urbach is a Latinx immigrant, educator, activist, and composer. At school, he creates “liberated spaces” where kids fall in love with music and use music to promote social justice. He is a doctoral candidate in music education at Columbia University, holds a BA in jazz performance from the University of New Orleans, an MA in jazz arts from the Manhattan School of Music, and an Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Brooklyn College. He teaches music at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City.

Mindfulness for Educators

with April Frazier
Online
Thursday, July 23, 2020
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Mindfulness is a practice of bringing non-judgmental awareness and increased presence to what we otherwise do on auto-pilot. This workshop, hosted by Dream See Do, provides resources, practices, and a community for teachers to care for themselves as they care for others. The workshop includes six online exercises during the six days prior to our Thursday session.

April Frazier is the founder of Ahimsa Mindfulness and Yoga Consulting. Her mindfulness training focuses on giving teachers, parents, students, and administrators the tools they need to realize their mission.

Uncut Gems
Screening followed by Q&A with Benny Safdie, co-director

with Benny Safdie
Online
Thursday, July 16, 2020
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Uncut Gems was a critical favorite last year and Adam Sandler’s standout performance as a fast-talking, Jewish-American gambling addict who runs a jewelry store in the city’s Diamond District, won raves. Following a screening of this award-winning film, Benny Safdie, who directed this film with his brother Josh, will join Academy Fellows and other teachers for a Q&A.

Benny Safdie produces and writes films with his brother Joshua that have premiered at renowned international film festivals including Cannes, Venice, New York Film Festival and Sundance, and exhibited at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His films include Uncut Gems, Good Time, Heaven Knows What, Lenny Cooke, and Daddy Longlegs. The Safdie brothers have diverse practices that extend beyond time-based media. Safdie co-founded Mmuseumm with Joshua Safdie and Alex Kalman, a modern natural history museum situated in an elevator shaft in Cortlandt Alley that showcases contemporary artifacts.

Telling Stories Out of School

Online
Thursday, July 9th, 2020
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Teachers have the most fascinating, difficult, and important job on the planet, and their workdays are filled with stories. Join us for an evening of teacher stories inspired by an Academy for Teachers master class on storytelling led by Seth Barrish and Mike Birbiglia.

13th: Screening & Discussion

with Dr. Yohuru Williams and Sari Rosenberg
Online
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
7 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Join us for an evening of reflection and discussion as we screen 13th, the 2016 documentary by award-winning director Ava DuVernay. The film explores mass incarceration as a form of racialized control—an extension of slavery—and features a host of voices, from Cory Booker and Jelani Cobb to Angela Davis and Khalil Gibran Muhammad.

Dr. Yohuru Williams is the Dean and McQuinn Distinguished Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. He is an acclaimed activist and scholar who is presently finishing a book entitled In the Shadow of the Whipping Post: Lynching, Capital Punishment, and Jim Crow Justice in Delaware, 1865-1965.

Sari Beth Rosenberg teaches U.S. history at the High School for Environmental Studies. Her gifts in the classroom are matched by her active presence in conversations about the teaching of history. In 2019, she received the 2019 Paul Gagnon Prize by the National Council for History Education, an award that recognizes a K-12 history teacher’s exceptional historical scholarship or contribution to the teaching of history.

Jewish, Christian & Muslim Relations in Medieval Europe

with Sara Lipton
Online
Thursday, January 14, 2021 • Thursday, January 21, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

We will examine how members of the three monotheistic faiths of medieval Europe viewed each other and interacted with each other. In addition to intolerance and violence, there are also examples of friendship and cooperation. Discussions will be based on a range of primary texts, including a city charter, law codes, chronicles, religious polemics, and works of art and literature.

Sara Lipton is professor of history at Stony Brook University specializing in medieval religion and culture, with a particular focus on Jewish-Christian relations and visual devotion. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Tel Aviv University, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and the University of London, and has held fellowships from Oxford University, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lipton has published in numerous academic journals ats well as the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, and the Los Angeles Times. Her most recent book is Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography, which won the Association for Jewish Studies’ Jordan Schnitzer Award.

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