Newberry Hosts Council for American Studies Education Conference

Keynote speaker John Musial from the Lookingglass Theater speaks to the conference theme, "America Imagined."
Keynote speaker John Musial from the Lookingglass Theater speaks to the conference theme, "America Imagined."

Happy leap year everyone!

On Friday February 24, the Newberry was host to over one hundred teachers from the Chicagoland area for the Council for American Studies Education conference, “America Imagined.” The CASE conference was a great success. Energetic teachers filled the downstairs classrooms and Ruggles Hall to share lesson plans and discuss ways to explore with their students the tension between the idealized vision of America and the reality that is often in conflict with this vision. Teachers attended and participated in workshops on how to further incorporate literature, theatre, art, film, and music in the classroom to tell the story of America.

As part of the conference, our own Rachel Rooney and Hana Layson presented on the Newberry Teacher Programs’ Digital Collections for Classroom Use: thematic collections of primary source materials from the library’s collection paired with introductory essays and guiding questions. Additionally, our friend and upstairs neighbor Frank Valadez presented on The Chicago Metro History Fair.

Additionally, teachers who attended the conference were surprised to see actor Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) at the Newberry filming an episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are. Sudeikis was at the Newberry to trace his family’s roots with Matt Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry. Overall, it was a fantastic gathering that we were proud to host. Thanks CASE!

Mark Hurst, Program Coordinator, Teachers As Scholars & History Channel Seminar Series

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