The Opium Trade in Context: Local, Global and Modern Connections

in partnership with the Forbes House Museum, Milton

One-Day Programs

Date

Wednesday June 29, 2022 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location

Forbes House Museum, Milton

Focal Skills and Dispositions

Evaluating visual evidence; Inquiry; Assessing claims and evidence

PDPs/Credits

5 PDPs

Fee

Partnership educators: $0
Non-partnership educators: $200

Especially for educators of grades 9-12

This workshop will be a collaboration between Primary Source and the Forbes House Museum. In conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit, It’s Just Business: The Lasting Impact of the China Trade, we will explore the moral complexities and enduring legacy of the opium trade in a local, national and global context. We will investigate how the trade of opium was fueled by both governmental and personal ambition, creating personal fortunes that funded opulent lifestyles and philanthropic endeavors, and playing a key role in framing the Chinese view of themselves in the modern world. Using classroom-friendly resources, we will map the opium trade networks, exploring their relationship to New England families; probe the role that the U.S. government played in facilitating the trade and the Chinese efforts to stop it; consider who benefitted from the trade of opium; grapple with the moral implications of engaging in the illegal sale of an addictive narcotic; and investigate the influence of the opium trade on Chinese identity and China’s self-named “Century of Humiliation.” Not least, we will discuss opportunities to make connections between the opium epidemic of the 19th century and the current one in our own society.

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.

Questions?

Contact Sara Clamage at sara@primarysource.org.

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.

Registration

Cities of the Indian Ocean: Engines of Change in the Early Modern World

Exact date in January TBD

One-Day Programs

Date

January, 2022 (Date TBD)

Location

TBD

Focal Skills and Dispositions

Research skills; ICT Literacy

PDPs/Credits

5 PDPs

Fee

Partnership educators: $0
Non-partnership educators: $200

Especially for educators of grades 7-12

The cosmopolitan and multicultural cities of the Indian Ocean were sites of creativity and exchange in the medieval and early modern worlds.  Learn about the places and the people—merchants, scholars and religious travelers, sailors, pirates and enslaved people—of this fascinating and interconnected region using digital maps, material culture and other resources that can help enliven your world history curriculum. 

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.

Questions?

Contact Sara Clamage at sara@primarysource.org.

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.

Registration

A Taste of World History: Unwrapping the Hidden Stories of Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea

One-Day Programs

Date

Thursday November 4, 2021 8:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Location

Framingham State University (subject to change)

Focal Skills and Dispositions

Inquiry; Evaluating visual evidence; Developing cross-cultural sensitivity.

PDPs/Credits

5 PDPs

Fee

Partnership educators: $0
Non-partnership educators:

Especially for educators of grades 6-12

Chocolate, coffee, and tea are staples in diets around the world yet there are untold global histories to the morning latte, the afternoon tea, and the after-dinner chocolate. These plants with origins in Mesoamerica, East Africa, and China have transformed cuisines and cultures, becoming inseparable from national identities and ways of life far removed from their indigenous lands. Familiar names such as Belgium chocolate, Turkish coffee, and Earl Grey conceal the long arc of globalization, imperialism, and trade. Join us as we explore the stories behind these delicacies, unpacking the problematic politics and hidden history of food in the modern world. Experience thematic approaches to world history that can help students see their own tastes as part of the larger and ongoing processes of human-environment interaction, labor practices, and the economics behind cultural diffusion. 

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.

Questions?

Contact Sara Clamage at sara@primarysource.org.

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.

Registration

Teaching “Hard History” to Elementary Learners

Location and December date TBD, check back this fall for more details.

One-Day Programs

Date

December, 2021 (Date TBD)

Location

TBD

Focal Skills and Dispositions

Analyzing point of view and purpose ; Developing cross-cultural sensitivity; Developing Empathy

PDPs/Credits

5 PDPs

Fee

Partnership educators: $0
Non-partnership educators: $200

Especially for educators of grades K-5

Teaching elementary students about the difficult chapters of United States history requires particular attention to the developmental appropriateness of materials as well as the specific pedagogy used to teach topics such slavery and the treatment of Indigenous peoples. This workshop provides K-5 educators with opportunities to engage in peer conversations around the teaching of “hard history” as well as guidance on how and when to introduce these subjects to students in culturally affirming, historically accurate ways. We will unpack the state framework, explore teaching strategies and work with a variety of resources curated to help students engage with these topics in ways that explore identity, oppression and empowerment in meaningful and age-appropriate ways. 

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.

Questions?

Contact Sara Clamage at sara@primarysource.org.

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.

Registration