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Religion, History, and Education: Facing History and Ourselves

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Adam Strom, Facing History and Ourselves
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

Too often, discussions of religion and education  emphasize controversy over content. News coverage focuses on pressure groups for and against the inclusion of religious content and the dilemmas they create for teachers in the classroom. At the same time, nearly all history and social studies curricula in the United States call for “Introduction to World Religions” and expect teachers to cover historical material that requires an exploration of the role of religion  to be properly understood.  Facing History and Ourselves believes that  quality professional development and well researched classroom resources that can engage students and  teachers are indispensable for  students to be able to understand and  to navigate one of the essential elements of civic literacy – the role of religion in public life.

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Adam Strom is the Director of Research and Development at Facing History and Ourselves, an organization focused on developing classroom resources to encourage responsible citizenship. From the organization’s worldwide headquarters in Boston, he directs a team that plans, writes, researches and develops resource books, study guides, and lesson planning resources. Mr. Strom also facilitates staff development programs, both online and face to face, for educators around the world. He has primary responsibility for Facing History and Ourselves International Scholars Board and for the Harvard Law School/Facing History Project which develops educational materials and sponsors major international conferences. Prior to his role as Director of Research and Development, Mr. Strom was a Program Associate for Facing History’s New England region and for the New York regional office.  Before joining Facing History, Mr. Strom was the Program Coordinator and Gallery Director at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.