Howard Zinn Centennial Week Events

Throughout the week of the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth on Aug. 24, 1922, there will be events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work — and to share the many ways that people continue to document and teach people’s history.

The events, from August 23 – 25, 2022, are free and online.

Tuesday, August 23, 4pm PT / 7pm ET

In legislatures across the country, Republican lawmakers are introducing bills to curtail what educators — in public schools and universities — can say and teach about racism and sexism. It is worth reminding ourselves — and our students — of other times in U.S. history when powerful politicians manufactured threats and whipped up fear to neutralize progressive challenges to the status quo — the McCarthy Era being a well-known high watermark of state repression. In this session, participants will experience a mixer lesson that can be used in grade 7+ classrooms. Students meet 27 different targets of government harassment and repression to analyze why disparate individuals might have become targets of the same campaign, determining what kind of threat they posed in the view of the U.S. government. And they experience how these individuals responded to this repression. Participants will also be introduced to relevant primary documents from the Tamiment Library at NYU. The lesson will be facilitated by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca and Jesse Hagopian of the Zinn Education Project. The primary documents will be introduced by Michael Koncewicz, Michael Nash Archivist & Ewen Center Program Coordinator at Tamiment.

Hosted by the Zinn Education Project. Co-sponsored by the Howard Zinn Revocable Trust and Tamiment-Wagner Collections, New York University.


Wednesday, August 24, 4pm PT / 7pm ET

Sports historian Dave Zirin and Teaching for Black Lives co-editor Jesse Hagopian will host an event with special guests to commemorate Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010) and other people’s historians on this 100th anniversary year. The event will be on the anniversary of Zinn’s birth and the theme borrows from the title of his autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train. Guest speakers include Martín Espada, Kidada E. Williams, Myla Kabat-Zinn, Imani Perry, Alice Walker, and more.

Hosted by the Zinn Education Project. Co-sponsored by the Howard Zinn Revocable Trust, Tamiment-Wagner Collections of New York University, and Busboys and Poets.

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Thursday, August 25, 10am PT/1pm ET

The session will mark the Howard Zinn centennial by drawing on Zinn’s speech at the 1970 Society of American Archivists conference when he urged archivists “to take the trouble to compile a whole new world of documentary material, about the lives, desires, needs, of ordinary people.” The panelists will highlight efforts to humanize the archives. There will be small groups for participants to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Presenters include:

  • Lauren Cooper, Digital Curator with Teaching for Change; Center for Black Digital Research Librarian & Managing Director, Penn State University
  • Michael Koncewicz, Michael Nash Archivist & Ewen Center Program, Tamiment-Wagner Collections, New York University
  • LaShawn D. Harris, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University
  • Linda García Merchant, Public Humanities Data Librarian, University of Houston; co-founder of Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective
  • Nancy Raquel Mirabal, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland
  • Shannon O’Neill, Curator, Tamiment-Wagner Collections, New York University

Hosted by the Howard Zinn Revocable Trust, Teaching for Change, and Tamiment-Wagner Collections of New York University.


For each event, the Zoom link will be sent two days before the event and again on the day of the event. We look forward to seeing you!

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