In Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, CLACS participated in a year-long collaboration with several high schools in the New York area. Through these partnerships, CLACS placed NYU graduate students into classrooms where they offered lectures on social justice, language arts, history and economics. Several of the guest lecturers then used their presentations as the basis for curricular materials, which have been placed on the CLACS website for teachers around the country to download and use in their classrooms.
Topics for these lectures varied greatly. For example, History PhD candidate Franny Sullivan presented on US-Cuba relations prior to 1959. She developed teaching materials that help provide historical background for the growing anti-American sentiment in Cuba that made the 1959 revolution possible. Another PhD candidate in History, Jen Adair, gave a lecture titled “State Violence and the Emergence of the Modern Human Rights Movement in Argentina.” She also created a unit, available on the CLACS website, which looks at the coalescence of a human rights movement in relation to Argentina’s Dirty War. Daniel Cohen, a PhD candidate in Sociology at NYU, discussed aspects of the Drug War from the Bolivian perspective. Cohen’s curricular materials interrogate some of the implications of the U.S. coca eradication policy and its effects on this country.
All curricular materials produced by our K-12 program can be found on the CLACS website and are available for free download and use. We also maintain a constantly growing collection of resources for educators. To receive announcements about our K-12 initiatives, please join our K-12 email list via the CLACS website.