Teaching Histories of Race in America to UK Undergraduates: A Review Panel Discussion

Protesters against police brutality and racism at the centre of the Mangrove Nine trial, 1970. The National Archives, Catalogue reference: MEPO31/21 (3)

Date / time
Date(s) - 22 October
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


The Rothermere American Institute, Oxford invites you to attend a review panel discussion on a collaborative bibliography project which asks: What readings are most effective for teaching UK history undergraduates about race in America? The focus is on works which provide accessible historical insights into conceptions of race, the social construction of difference, and the freedom struggles that have attempted to dismantle white supremacy. The project seeks to centre current research on early America and the United States, including Atlantic, global, national, and regional approaches.

The review panel will discuss key issues in pedagogy on the history of race among the community of early American and US historians based in the UK, along with offering specific recommendations for revising the bibliography. After the review, the resulting bibliography will be hosted on the publicly accessible Bodleian LibGuides website.

Chair: Sonia Tycko, Kinder Junior Research Fellow in Atlantic History, The Rothermere American Institute and St Peter’s College, Oxford

Comment: Amelia Hart, Research Intern, The Rothermere American Institute, Oxford

Review Panel:

  • Uta Balbier, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, King’s College London
  • Yasmin Dualeh, Ph.D. student, The University of Cambridge
  • Rachel B. Herrmann, Senior Lecturer in Modern American History, Cardiff University School of History, Archaeology and Religion
  • Lydia Plath, Associate Professor of American History, The University of Warwick
  • Barbara D. Savage, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, The University of Pennsylvania
  • Emily West, Professor of American History, The University of Reading

Please register on Eventbrite by 21 October at 17:00   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/122221211935

All registered attendees will be sent the draft bibliography and may submit questions in advance of the event. Details for accessing the event, which will be held on Zoom, will be sent out on the day.

IMAGE CREDIT: Left: Native Americans at U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., Sept. 1936, Library of Congress Call Number: LC-H2- B-11191 [P&P]; Center: Civil rights march on Washington, D.C., 1963 Aug. 28, Library of Congress Call Number: LC-U9- 10364-37 [P&P]; Right: Roy Takano [i.e., Takeno] and Mayor, town hall meeting, Manzanar Relocation Center, California, 1943, Library of Congress Call Number: LOT 10479-4, no. 20 [P&P].