Join the National Council for History Education (NCHE) for the online Place and Time conference on April 8-11, 2021. Attention to change over time is, in fact, one of the pillars of the historical discipline. Those of us who research and teach history are particularly attentive to continuity and change: continuities like 230 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in the United States or changes like the gradual and compensated abolition of slavery in the British West Indies or its sudden, uncompensated demise in Haiti. As we seek to help our students make sense of the complex flows of history, we ask them to investigate the simultaneity of continuity and change, to examine chronology and periodization, to consider the complexity of progress and decline, and to identify turning points in history.
The coordinate of place (i.e. geography) is equally important for proper historical understanding and encourages students to ask the question, “Where and why there?” It explains, for example, why Europeans established trading posts like El Mina in coastal West Africa while they developed colonial cities in places such as Mexico City and Philadelphia. It is the interplay between history and geography that allows students to critically analyze John Gast’s painting, “American Progress” to explain the causes and consequences of westward migration. It helps explain why Brigham Young and his followers chose the basin of the Great Salt Lake as a secluded area to practice the Latter-day Saints’ religion away from violence and persecution.
The NCHE Online Conference features over 50 Breakout and Poster Sessions, Virtual Field Trips to historic sites across the country, the NCHE Exhibit Hall, and additional evening events. Keynote Speakers for the conference are: Philip Deloria (Harvard University), Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard University), Anne Kelly Knowles (University of Maine), Andrés Reséndez (University of California, Davis), and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard University).
The national conference is a place where historical thinkers can come together and share their passion for teaching and learning. Join teachers, historians and university faculty from around the nation for four days of the Best in History Education!
John Csepegi, Director of Conferences & Events
National Council for History Education
13940 Cedar Road, #393
University Heights, OH 44118