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National Museum to focus on fight to end enslavement

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A free virtual lecture to discuss how people resisted enslavement will be held by the National Museum of Bermuda next week.

Kirsty Warren will present Pushing the Boundaries of Freedom on Zoom from 5.30pm on November 18.

The Bermudian academic lives in the UK and works at the University of Leicester School of History, Politics and International Relations.

An NMB spokeswoman said: “She researches the sociopolitical history of British colonialism in Bermuda and the wider Caribbean along with the lingering legacies of this past in the region and wider diaspora.

“She is interested in exploring how colonialism continues to inform current institutional processes and the role Caribbean people have played and continue to play in bringing about systemic change.”

The spokeswoman added that Dr Warren will “explore the ways in which enslaved and formerly enslaved people in Bermuda resisted their enslavement, asserted their humanity and pushed the boundaries of freedom before and after emancipation”.

The NMB will complement the session with a syllabus, which will include questions to consider before, during, and after the talk, as well as related reading material and video resources.

Elena Strong, the museum’s executive director, said: “At the National Museum of Bermuda, we believe that learning history is fundamental.

“It not only provides context for contemporary issues and challenges, it nurtures empathy, provides understanding of divergent perspectives, and builds critical thinking skills.

“Our free public lecture series is just one way we aim to make learning history equitable, accessible, and engaging.”

Teachers were also invited to take part in a professional development workshop – on Zoom from 10am on November 21 – linked to the talk.

The free workshop is part of the museum’s year-long Teacher Professional Development programme Moving the Needle.

An NMB spokeswoman said that the scheme gave teachers the chance to “explore, refine and unpack their understanding of Bermuda’s diverse past, and experiment with multidisciplinary approaches to teaching history that respond to the needs of Bermuda’s students”.

She added the workshop would “examine important historical sources related to pre-Emancipation Bermuda using a Stanford History Education Group’s Historical Inquiry Method called structured academic controversy”.

The spokeswoman said that teachers would have “ideally” listened in to Dr Warren’s lecture.

Lisa Howie, the museum’s director of engagement and learning, said: “NMB aims to support Bermuda’s educators by delivering on both historical content and contemporary strategies to engage students with that content.

“Stanford History Education Group is a leader in the field of history and social studies education, so we at NMB hope to serve as a conduit, sharing historical thinking strategies with Bermuda’s educators, and providing relevant primary and secondary source materials that can be used in the classroom and/or for remote learning.”

The latest lecture is part of the museum’s Bermuda and the Atlantic World series, which reframes Bermuda history in an international context.

The series explores links with Latin and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the UK and Europe.

Two earlier lectures by Clarence Maxwell – on the early Atlantic Age, as well as early settlement and economic growth around a maritime community in the 17th and 18th centuries – can be found on the NMB’s website.

Theodore Francis, an assistant professor of history at Huston-Tillotson University, will later look at Bermuda through the 19th century to the present day.

*For more information and to register for the lecture, visitwww.nmb.bm/lectureand click onLecture 3. For the workshop, visitwww.nmb.bm/teacherdevelopment. E-mail any questions to Ms Howie at education@nmb.bm.

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Published November 12, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated November 11, 2020 at 6:02 pm)

National Museum to focus on fight to end enslavement

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