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The Road to Democracy Runs Through the Classroom

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Carol Anderson about threats to voter access and democracy, and the importance of civic and history education.

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We invite you to join us on Wednesday, December 7, for The Road to Democracy Runs Through the Classroom. Award-winning author, historian, and Emory University professor Dr. Carol Anderson will discuss threats to voter access and democracy in America and the importance of civic and history education for students today.

When & Where

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
5:00-7:00 PM

Lafayette Library and Learning Center Amphitheater & Community Hall.
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549

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In an effort to gather as safely as possible, food and drinks will be served in the outdoor Amphitheater from 5:00-5:30 PM PT. Guests will move inside to the Community Hall for the featured presentation from 5:30-7:00 PM PT. We will require all guests to wear masks indoors


Dr. Carol Anderson

Featured Speakers

Dr. Carol Anderson 
Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and a member of Facing History & Ourselves’ Board of Scholars.   

She is the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955, which was published by Cambridge University Press and awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards; as well as, Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960, which was also published by Cambridge. 

Her third book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide, won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and is also a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and listed on the Zora List of 100 Best Books by Black Woman Authors since 1850.  

Her fourth book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy, was Long-listed for the National Book Award in Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Galbraith Book Award in Non-Fiction.

Her young adult adaptation of White Rage, We are Not Yet Equal was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Her fifth book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, explores the anti-Blackness of the Second Amendment and the consequences for African Americans’ citizenship and lives. The Second was chosen as a New York Times Editor’s pick, Best Social Science Books of 2021 by Library Journal, and one of Writer’s Bone, Best Books of 2021.

Anderson has been elected into the Society of American Historians, named a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to numerous teaching awards, her research has garnered fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center, the University of Chicago’s Pozen Center for Human Rights, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 

Professor Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee.

She earned her Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University.

Eran DeSilva

Eran DeSilva, Moderator
Eran DeSilva is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Notre Dame High School in San Jose, California. She has been an educator for 21 years with a focus on social justice education. She has been working with Facing History for over a decade, integrating materials and resources into her practice in the classroom and professional development. She has been part of the Bay Area teacher leadership team and also co-founded the Bay Area Facing History Student Leadership Network in 2014 with an Oakland educator. She was the recipient of the Margot Stern Strom Innovative grant twice. Most recently, she co-authored a book Leading in the Belly of the Beast: School Leadership in a System Designed to Fail with 3 other Facing History educators and school leaders.

The Power of Facing History | Northern California

In a Facing History classroom, you're going to see students interacting with each other, having dialogue around primary source materials and step into somebody else's shoes who actually lived in a historical event.

It empowers students and people in the world with knowledge.

It lets me be more observant about things or a bit more critical about things when I first come across it.

History is never just left in the classroom.

History is never just left in the past, but students are always asked to think about the legacies of today and what it means for how they want to live their lives.

And kids go from understanding themselves to looking at history to saying, 'What would I do if I was in that situation?' and then the important question, 'What will I do now?' Individual people can have this out-sized effect on history.

Facing History definitely gave me the confidence to stand up for what was right and what I believed in.

When I see students feeling empowered, when I see them feel like they have a voice, that's where you get civic engagement and participation.

Facing History needs to be in every classroom because it changes mindsets, and it shows that everyone can be an upstander, empathetic and passionate.

That is why investing in Facing History is so important and is so critical.

Facing History gives me hope because Facing History students are learning what it means to be responsible, they're learning what it means to pay attention, and they're learning what it means to make a difference.

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