James Basker to present ‘Learning through History’ series

2015-08Aug22-JBaskerHeadshotJosephine Community Libraries is proud to welcome native son James Basker, renowned scholar, author, and educational leader, for a special free presentation series titled “Learning through History” on Saturday, August 22 with two programs.

  • The Power of Literature: How Writers Helped End Slavery on Saturday, August 22 from 10 to 11:30 am at the Grants Pass branch offers a review of Basker’s book “American Antislavery Writing: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation.”
  • Pedagogical Workshop: A Session for Teachers of History on Saturday, August 22 from 12 to 1:30 pm at the Anne Basker Auditorium is designed specifically for teachers. PDUs are offered for teachers in Grants Pass School District 7.

James G. Basker is President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, and Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History at Barnard College, Columbia University. The Gilder Lerhman Institute offers professional development and resources to assist teachers in their classrooms. The Institute has pioneered new models of history schools and programs, with proven success in improving academic achievement.

As President of Gilder Lehrman since 1997, Basker has overseen the development of history education initiatives nationwide, including history high schools, teacher seminars, traveling exhibitions, digital archives, and the National History Teacher of the Year Award program.

This program is made possible by the Josephine County Cultural Coalition and is free to all participants. Registration is not required. For more information, email info@josephinelibrary.org or call 541-476-0571.