March 2023 Events

The History of Changing U.S. History Instruction
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
12:00-1:00 pm Central Time via Zoom

As part of the CCB’s series of events focusing on the TEAACH Act implementation in Illinois, we will be hosting a roundtable discussion with four experts in education. The Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act ensures that every public elementary and high school student in Illinois learns about the contributions of Asian Americans to the economic, cultural, social, and political development of the United States.

Joining us for this roundtable discussion will be:

  • Dr. Jon Hale from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research examines the history of student and teacher activism, which includes the history of efforts to diversify the U.S. history school curriculum as well as patriarchal and supremacist efforts to control it. He has provided professional development for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program and for school districts and state boards of education who attempt to make their curriculum more inclusive.
  • Dr. Lindsay Stallones Marshall from the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on the creation and perpetuation of settler colonial public memory through K-12 history education. She also researches the environmental history of human-equine relationships with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and decolonial methodologies.
  • Dr. Mario Rios Perez from Syracuse University. His research and teaching interests include the historical construction of race in educational settings, Latinx history, and the history of migration. His forthcoming book is titled Subjects of Resistance: Education, Race, and Transnational Life in Mexican Chicago, 1910-1940.
  • Dr. Yoon Pak from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research centers on the history of American education in the twentieth century, particularly as it relates to racial minorities and immigrant groups.
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Register Here for the Zoom session.

Gryphon Lecture: Implementing the TEAACH Act: Using Asian American Children’s Literature as a Tool to Resist America’s Long History of Anti-Asian Violence
Presented by Sohyun An, Professor of Social Science Education and Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University. 
Monday, March 20, 2023
12:00pm Central Time (In-person and via Zoom)

Asian immigrants have been racialized as “perpetual foreigners”—an unassimilable “yellow peril”—since their earliest arrival in the United States. This racialization has manifested in discrimination, hate crimes, and state-sanctioned violence during periods of economic, military, and public health crises.

This lecture will examine the upsurge of anti-Asian violence during the COVID-19 pandemic within this context and explore the significance of Illinois’ TEAACH Act (implemented in fall 2022) as a tool in the collective fight to stop anti-Asian violence, especially among youth. Building on scholarship addressing both K-12 history curriculum and Asian American children’s literature, the lecture suggests ways to use books for young people as a pedagogical tool for critical Asian American studies in K-12 schools.

The event will be held in a hybrid format. Register here for the Zoom session. 

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