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Help Transcribe Howard Zinn’s Materials

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn's birthday in 2022, we are creating new ways to engage with his life and legacy. We are seeking volunteers to help us transcribe audio and visual materials. If you have a good ear for voices and/or are adept at typing and using editing tools, please consider helping out!
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2020 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture: Ibram X. Kendi

The 2020 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture features Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Nina Silber on Dec. 7 at 5pm EST. Kendi is professor, anti-racist activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy, and the founding director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is also the author of the National Book Award winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and New York Times bestselling How to Be an Antiracist.
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New Leadership at Tamiment Library: Shannon O’Neill

Shannon O'Neill was appointed Curator for the Tamiment-Wagner Collections at NYU Special Collections, where the Howard Zinn Papers are housed. O'Neill shared that "Zinn’s words guide my practice and remind me that archives are a site of violence and erasure for people of color, disabled people, poor people, queer people, and so many others within and at the intersections of marginalized identities."
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A People’s History Inspires Students’ Political Activism

In an experiment with nearly 700 students from nine Chicago-area schools, Matthew Nelsen (a PhD candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University) gave out readings on the abolitionist movement, the National Farmworkers Association, and the Chinese Exclusion Act. Half of the readings were from the corporate textbook The American Pageant and the other half from A People’s History of the United States. Afterwards, when Nelsen asked students to report on their willingness to participate in political activities (voting, campaigning, or demonstrations), Black and Latino youth reported a greater willingness to participate when they read passages from A People’s History.
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We Make People’s History!

On January 27, share how you make people's history

This year marks the 40th anniversary of A People's History of the United States, and the 10th anniversary of Howard Zinn's death on January 27, 2010. No doubt, Zinn's writing and life of activism inspired many worldwide, and A People's History continues to shine a light on the people left out of the mainstream history books and media.
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Howard Zinn Lecture Series: Frederick Douglass

2019 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture: David W. Blight

David W. Blight, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, delivered the fourth Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture at Boston University on Monday, Dec. 2. Blight's topic is "Frederick Douglass: Prose Poet of American Democracy." The event took place at Tsai Performance Center.
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