1619, 1776, 1866, 2020: The History Wars

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Over the past year, we’ve watched Confederate monuments topple, public schools get renamed, celebrities get canceled and Juneteenth receive federal recognition. Some have called this moment a “culture war,” but let’s call it what it really is: a fight over how we tell our country’s story— and whose voices are included. How has our understanding of who we are changed as digital spaces and media platforms have grown and siloed? And how do we reckon with polarized perspectives on both sides— when different groups are getting information from vastly different sources? Getting people of all ages engaged in civics and history and widening the lens to include more voices can help us pave the way to knitting our country back together— and possibly change the future of "history" as we know it.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Culture
Level: Beginner