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Teaching Urban Landscape History and Democracy

Where
Zoom
When
October 23, 2020
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
This study day furthers the Mellon Initiative’s purpose of investigating democracy, segregation, and resistance in the urban landscape by engaging in teaching and pedagogy explorations.

This event is closed to the public.

As part of the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies’ Teaching project, the virtual study day in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection brings together a small team of scholars and high school teachers to explore how to use our rare books and drawings collection in teaching high-school history through an urban landscape and garden lens. This discussion focuses on how to introduce students to the broader methods and approaches in landscape and garden history research. More broadly, the study day furthers the Mellon Initiative’s purpose of investigating democracy, segregation, and resistance in the urban landscape by engaging in teaching and pedagogy explorations.

Due to COVID-19, this virtual study day replaces the annual Garden and Landscape Studies colloquium.

Organizers 

  • Thaïsa Way, Program Director in Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • Anatole Tchikine, Curator of Rare Books, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 

Participants

  • Edward Ayers, Host of The Future of America’s Past and Executive Director of New American History, an online project based at the University of Richmond
  • Tom Brinkerhoff, AP US Environmental Science Teacher, North Star Academy Charter School, Washington, DC
  • Bruno Martins Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
  • Annie Evans, Director of Education and Outreach, New American History at the University of Richmond
  • Taylor Johnson, Rare Book Collection Assistant, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • Scott Kern, AP US History Teacher and Department Chair, North Star Academy Charter School, Washington, DC, and Lead Curriculum Developer for Uncommon Schools
  • Andrea Martinez, Architecture Teacher, Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School, Washington, DC
  • Alice Nash, Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Mellon Advisory Board Member
  • Dell Upton, Professor of Architectural History in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Mellon Advisory Board Member
  • LaDale Winling, Associate Professor of History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

Programs in urban landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks are supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation intended to investigate “Democracy and the Urban Landscape.”

Image: Environs de Paris, plate from Nicolas de Fer, Les beautés de la France (Paris, 1708).