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Divided Memories: School Textbooks and East Asia's "History Wars'"

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Divided Memories: School Textbooks and East Asia's "History Wars'"


All nations struggle with how to teach and talk about their past. In this workshop, participants will explore the instrumentalization of history to serve contemporary political agendas in various regional and global contexts, including East Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. 
The pedagogical focus will be the “Opening Up the Textbook” (Wineburg, 2007) methodology used to counter dominant narratives in school textbooks. Using this technique, educators pose alternate viewpoints to textbook content in order to engage students in the discussion of historical and sometimes controversial events while using authentic historical thinking skills.

Through this course, participants will:

  • Deepen their content knowledge of significant historical issues in different national, regional and global contexts. 
  • Learn to complicate prevalent historical narratives by including marginalized perspectives and experiences in curriculum development and classroom instruction.
  • Learn research-based strategies to engage students in authentic historical analysis.
  • Learn to integrate primary historical sources, structured academic discussion and assessment of student thinking in their classrooms.

This course is not affiliated with the Stanford History Education Group.


Speakers Include:
Dr. Jan T. Gross, Professor of History, Princeton University 
Dr. Magdalena H. Gross, Senior Research Associate for the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University 
Dr. Norman Naimark, Professor of History, Stanford University 
Rylan Sekiguchi, Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University 
Dr. Parna Sengupta, Senior Associate Director with Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), Stanford University 


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Each workshop contains approximately 20 hours of professional development.  Districts may award 2 CEUs for individuals who complete a single workshop and receive a record of completion.  Participation in all three workshops equates to approximately 60 hours of professional development and districts may award 6 CEUs for individuals who complete the entire three-workshop series and receive a record of completion.