Thoughts by: Danielle Smith
As the First-Year Engagement Coordinator in the Center for Community Learning, Danielle Smith works collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to design and implement community engagement opportunities for first-year students. An educator for more than a decade, her work in higher education focuses on first-year students and students in transition, including teaching first-year seminars focused on engaged and transformative learning.
An alternative history; socialism as the prevailing social and economic system; borders (Nova Africa in the south/U.S.S.A. in the north). This story is a revision of history, showing what could have been had the abolitionist, John Brown, succeeded in the raid at Harpers Ferry and sparked a slave rebellion. In this alternative history, the slaves had agency in securing their own freedom, rather than the emancipation being attributed to Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.
A People’s History of the United States is just one example of a text that asserts a different version of history than what has traditionally been taught. While the text has both been praised and criticized, it serves to offer a different perspective. How we understand the events of history has been framed for us by those who have told the stories. Understanding that meaning is constructed, how can we be more open to multiple ways of knowing as we engage in the work of social change?
“Octavia’s Brood” (Walidah Imarisha’s YouTube playlist, including commentary and interviews from the editors and various authors)