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Listening for History: Music, Art, and Poetry on the Streets of New York, 1880-1930

Ended Aug 10, 2018

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Full course description


July 9th, 2018


4 Weeks





What you'll learn:

Students learn how to teach students in secondary education classrooms about migration, how migration shaped American society, and about how migrants struggle to balance personal values and identity with assimilation into American society. Students learn techniques for analyzing art, music, and poetry in the service of better understanding and more effectively teaching historical themes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the African American and Eastern European Jewish migrations from 1881-1935
  • Explain the role of music and its influence in understanding black and Jewish migrations to America in the early years of the 20th century
  • Determine the role of literature, music, and the arts in providing a migrant voice throughout history

What you'll do:

In four modules, students explore the experience of Jewish immigrants in NYC between 1880-1924, the African American experience during the Great Migration, and the encounter of Jewish and black artists and musicians during the Harlem Renaissance. Students analyze the music, art, poetry, and theatre produced by these artists and reflect on how the arts deepen our understanding of history.

Who is this course designed for:

K-12 teachers and life-long learners

What you'll recieve:

Certificate of completion

Required materials:

Computer, internet access, ability to listen to music (speakers)

Meet the instructor

Marcie Hutchinson, Instructor, 30-year veteran, K-12 teacher

Marcie Hutchinson has thirty-one years of experience teaching in public high schools in New York and Arizona. Hutchinson recently retired from the position of Director for K-12 Initiatives for the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS) at Arizona State University. As Director, she helped create Jazz from A to Z, a collaborative effort of Mesa Arts Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC) and SHPRS. This seven-year project, designed to enrich students’ and teachers’ knowledge of jazz and American music in historical context, helped students formulate their own scholarly conclusions, by analyzing literary and artistic creations of the past. Hutchinson also trained future history teachers and worked with Arizona teachers who wanted to provide innovative learning experiences like National History Day for students in their classrooms. She helped found the Arizona Council for History Education which provides a network where innovation and practices in history education are peer supported. Currently, Hutchinson maintains leadership positions on the boards of the Arizona Council for History Education, ASU’s Melikian Center Advisory Board, and Arizona Academic Decathlon.