Lecture / Reading

Book Talk with Sam Wineburg: Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone)

Sponsored by American Studies Program


Wednesday, April 17, 2019
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
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Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 4th Floor
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Stanford's American Studies Program invites you to a lunchtime talk by American Studies Faculty member...

Sam Wineburg, Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and by courtesy, History at Stanford University

On his new book...

Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone)

If we want to educate citizens who can separate fact from fake, we have to equip them with new tools. Wineburg lays out a mine-filled landscape, but one that, with care, attention, and awareness, we can all learn to navigate. The future of the past may rest on our screens. But its fate rests in our hands.

“A sobering and urgent report from the leading expert on how American history is taught in the nation’s schools. Wineburg offers a set of timely and elegant essays on everything from the nuttiness of standardized testing regimes to the problems kids have, in the age of the Internet, in knowing what’s true, and what’s not—problems that teachers have, too, along with everyone else. A bracing, edifying, and vital book.”

—Jill Lepore

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This event is open to the public and free.

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