Panel Discussion: Critical Race Theory and Teaching of History: Lessons from Germany

As a part of Time to Act: Germany-Jewish Relations Past and Present Series as well as the Learning From History Series, join Professors David Voelker, Mark Karau, and Clifton Ganyard (History and Humanities) in this important and timely discussion, Friday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. There has been a contentious debate of late in the U.S. over the teaching of “Critical Race Theory” and whether too much focus has been on the crimes and sins in U.S. History.

In July a group of historians published an Opinion piece in the New York Times critical of anti-CRT laws, writing: “These measures would, by way of comparison, make Germany’s uncompromising and successful approach to teaching about the Holocaust illegal, as part of its goal is to infuse them with some sense of the weight of the past and (famously) lead many German students to feel anguish about their ancestry.”

Drawing on philosopher Susan Neiman’s book Learning from the Germans, this panel of UW-Green Bay historians will discuss the controversy surrounding CRT and what we can learn from teaching German history but also what it means for U.S. History.

Sponsored by the Department of German and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington as part of the Time to Act: German-Jewish Relations Past and Present series.

This is a virtual (live-streamed) and in-person event located in MAC-103 that is open to the public. Join here.

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