People’s History Events in the Bay Area

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In November, the Zinn Education Project offered workshops and a booth at two conferences in San Francisco.


National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Nov. 17-18

The Zinn Education Project had a double booth at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference (NCSS) at the Moscone Center, Nov. 17-18. The booth was a lively place to meet others from across the country who are teaching outside the textbook.

We offered a people’s history strand of workshops including:


  • 1:00-2:00 pmReckless Capitalism, Ciudad Juárez Femicides Activism Poetry by Camila Arze Torres Goitia and Kim Kanof • Moscone West 2016
  • 1:00-3:00pmBeyond Adventure: Rethinking the Lewis and Clark Curriculum in Elementary Classrooms by Alison Schmitke, Leilani Sabzalian, and Jeff Edmundson • Moscone West 3003
  • 2:15-3:15 pmWho Freed the Slaves? by Adam Sanchez • Moscone West 3020


  • 8:00-9:00 amGender, Hijab, and Muslim Feminism: The Case of Asra Nomani by Alison Kysia • Moscone West 2020
  • 9:15-10:15 amCOINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI’s War on the Black Freedom Movement by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca • Moscone West 2002
  • 9:15-10:15 amTeaching for Social Justice in Today’s Political Climate by Adam Sanchez, Karen Zapata, Dominique Williams, Patrick Camangian, and Elizabeth Humphries • Moscone West 2014
  • 11:05-11:35 amBlack Muslims throughout U.S. History: Filling the Textbook Gaps by Alison Kysia • Moscone West 3rd Floor-Alcove C
  • 4:05-5:05 pmWe Will Not Drown, We Will Fight: Teaching Climate Justice by Moé Yonamine • Moscone West 3007
  • 5:15-6:15 pmPutting a Human Face on Climate Change by Bill Bigelow • Moscone West 2020
  • 5:15-6:15 pmHow Will We Feed the World? by Tim Swinehart and Chris Buehler • Moscone West 2001

Special Guests at the Booth

Keynote Speakers

NCSS is hosting a number of keynote speakers with people’s history related themes.  

  • Matt Herron • Fri Nov 17 8:45 am to 9:45 am • Moscone West 2014
  • Dave Isay • Fri Nov 17 11:15 am to 12:15 pm • Ballroom, 3rd Floor (3008-3012)
  • Hasan Jeffries • Fri Nov 17 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm • Moscone West 2001
  • Karen Korematsu • Sat Nov 18 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm • TBD
  • Chad Williams • Sat Nov 18 2:55 pm to 3:55 pm • Moscone West 2001
  • Daniel Ellsberg and Peter Kuznick • Sun Nov 19 11:00 am to 12:00 pm • Ballroom, 3rd Floor (3008-3012)

People’s History Trivia Night

After last year’s roaring success, we brought People’s History Trivia Night to San Francisco during the NCSS conference for a fun night of questions and answers about the history often missing from textbooks—the role of women, people of color, labor, and other social movements.





Howard Zinn Book FairHoward Zinn Book Fair, Nov. 19 10 am – 6 pm

The annual Howard Zinn Book Fair took place on Sunday, Nov. 19 at City College. The Zinn Education Project and Rethinking Schools had a table display of books and materials. A major theme of the Howard Zinn Book Fair was “Black Reconstruction in Our Times.”

Workshops by Zinn Education Project staff and colleagues:

  • 1:30-2:30pmThe Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein with Deborah Menkart
  • 2:45-3:45Teaching the Hidden History of Reconstruction in High School by Adam Sanchez
  • 4:00-5:00Voices of SNCC: Experiencing History through SNCC Digital Gateway and Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC  by Judy Richardson


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