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Michael Hines on the Fight for Black History in Schools

On Monday, November 13, 2023, historian Michael Hines will discuss his book A Worthy Piece of Work: The Untold Story of Madeline Morgan and the Fight for Black History in Schools, which details how African Americans educator activists in the early twentieth century created new curriculum around race and historical representation. Michael Hines is a historian of American […]

Everyday Solidarity: Interracial Organizing Stories from The Sum of Us


Monday, February 5, 2024: Everyday Solidarity: Interracial Organizing Stories from The Sum of Us Policy advocate and author Heather McGhee will discuss The Sum of Us: How Racism Hurts Everyone, the young readers’ edition of her bestselling book. Heather McGhee is distinguished lecturer of urban studies at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. Her best-selling book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs […]

A Retrospective on Rethinking Schools

Join Rethinking Schools' founding editor Bob Peterson and executive director Cierra Kaler-Jones for a retrospective on Rethinking Schools' history. This event is in partnership with West Chester University as part of their discussion series on race, class, gender & education. Register here.

The History of Black Music — A Love Supreme


Monday, March 4, 2024: The History of Black Music — A Love Supreme Award-winning musicologist and music historian Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. will discuss his book Who Hears Here? On Black Music, Pasts and Present. A Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. is a music historian, pianist, composer, […]

An End to Inequality: A Rethinking Schools Fundraiser & Book Talk with Jonathan Kozol


Join Rethinking Schools founding editor Bob Peterson and executive director Cierra Kaler-Jones in conversation with Jonathan Kozol about his newest book, An End to Inequality: Breaking Down the Walls of Apartheid Education in America. In the newest and culminating work of his long career, Kozol argues that it’s well past time to batter down inequities […]

Informational Session: Teaching for Black Lives Study Groups


Jesse Hagopian, Teaching for Black Lives co-editor and Rethinking Schools editor, will facilitate an informational session for educators who are interested in forming a Teaching for Black Lives study group in the 2024–2025 school year. Participants will hear from previous and current study group coordinators about their experience and impact. The session will include time […]

Black Patience: Performance, Civil Rights, and the Unfinished Project of Emancipation


Monday, April 8, 2024: Black Patience: Performance, Civil Rights, and the Unfinished Project of Emancipation Africana studies professor Julius B. Fleming Jr. in conversation with educator Jessica Rucker, will discuss the role of Black theater in the Black Freedom Struggle and the concept of “Black patience.” They will discuss: Black theater as a space in which Black people […]

Reparations and Climate Justice


Monday, May 6, 2024: Reparations and Climate Justice Philosophy professor Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò will discuss his book Reconsidering Reparations which takes on reparations and distributive justice with wide implications for views of justice, racism, the legacy of colonialism, and climate change policy. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. Táíwò’s theoretical work draws liberally from […]

Teach Palestine


Join Rethinking Schools for a webinar on the spring issue of Rethinking Schools, Teach Palestine. Panelists will offer stories, examples, and concrete strategies for teaching truthfully and critically about Palestine-Israel. At a time when the attack on social justice teaching has dramatically expanded as part of the crackdown on opposition to U.S. aid to Israel, it […]

Teach Truth Day of Action 2024

It’s time to take action. . . . again. For the past three summers, teachers rallied across the country to speak out against anti-history education bills and to make public their pledge to teach the truth. The teacher-led rallies received national media attention, providing a valuable counter narrative to the oversized coverage of the well-funded […]