Howard Zinn at 100

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922-January 27, 2010). To celebrate and highlight his life’s work, we share the various ways organizations, publishers, and individuals are honoring his legacy throughout the year. Let us know if you have any plans to commemorate the centennial. The options are endless. You could make available chapters or prefaces that haven’t been released in a digital format or were written posthumously. Making a DVD available online for free streaming. Create a display at your institution. Host a panel or book talk. Write an op-ed. Also, be sure to use the hashtag #HowardZinn100 on social media. For inspiration, check out what is planned so far. We will update details as they become available.


Collaborations

Howard Zinn Centennial Event Week, Aug. 23-25

HowardZinn.org, Zinn Education Project, Tamiment Library, Busboys and Poets, and Voices of a People’s History are pleased to present a week of events to celebrate Howard Zinn’s 100th birthday that includes a teachers workshop, historian and artist panel, and an archivist panel.



FREE E-BOOK

A Life of Activism: Howard Zinn in His Own Words – Selected Writings for the Centennial

Beacon Press, Haymarket Books, The New Press, and Seven Stories Press are offering a free-book, A Life of Activism: Howard Zinn in His Own Words – Selected Writings for the Centennial.


Free “Read Zinn” Bookmarks and Buttons

Beacon Press, Haymarket Books, The New Press, and Seven Stories Press are offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

 

Organizations and Individuals


Alternative Radio

Will feature classic Howard Zinn broadcasts in August 2022. Listen online at alternativeradio.org/radio-show/podcast/ or subscribe to the podcast.

  • July 26 • A People’s History of the U.S. [Part 1]
  • Aug. 2 • A People’s History of the U.S. [Part 2]
  • Aug. 9 • Second Thoughts on the First Amendment
  • Aug. 16 • Q & A in Albuquerque
  • Aug. 23 • American Exceptionalism
  • Aug. 30 • Three Holy Wars

Beacon Press

In collaboration with other publishers, offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Co-releasing an e-book sampler from a number of Howard Zinn titles.


Bookshop.org

Will feature the Howard Zinn Book List in August 2022.


Busboys and Poets

 


City Lights Publishing and Bookstore

In collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, City Lights Publishing and Bookstore are planning an August event in Jack Kerouac Alley.


The F-Word: A Feminist Handbook for the Revolution

Melody Berger and PM Press granted permission to publish a 2008 interview with Howard Zinn who discusses civil disobedience, outlaws versus criminals, social movements, labor organizing, and hope.


HarperCollins

HarperCollins will offer 1,000 free e-books of A People’s History of the United States in September for the start of fall semester and in December at the National Council for the Social Studies conference.



Haymarket Books

In collaboration with other publishers, offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Co-releasing an e-book sampler from a number of Howard Zinn titles.


HowardZinn.org

• Launched Howard Zinn Digital Collection, a searchable bibliography of materials by and about Howard Zinn, including books, articles, letters, films, audio, and photos from publishers, broadcasters, organizations, archives, libraries, and personal holdings.

• Published a Howard Zinn Photo Gallery organized by time period.

• Created the Howard Zinn Audio Visual Timeline that features 40+ audiovisual clips with Zinn from the 1960s-2010s.

• Organized a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more and register.


Howard Zinn Book Fair 2022

The Howard Zinn Book Fair returns for 2022, to be held in the San Francisco bay area. Stay tuned at howardzinnbookfair.com.


Kronos Quartet

Will feature Howard Zinn audio clips in 2022 performances.


The Laura Flanders Show

The Laura Flanders Show will feature centenary coverage.


Media Burn: Independent Video Archive

Media Burn will host filmmakers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller as part of their Virtual Talks with Video Activists series discussing their biopic, “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.”


The Midwestern Archivist

Granted rights to HowardZinn.org to publish “Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest,” Zinn’s influential article urging archivists to: “One, engage in a campaign to open all government documents to the public. . . . And two, that they take the trouble to compile a whole new world of documentary material, about the lives, desires, needs, of ordinary people.”


The New Press

On Aug. 24, will release a paperback edition of Truth Has a Power of Its Own with a new cover. From the Foreword by Ray Suarez: “In the nearly forty years since the first edition of A People’s History appeared, Zinn’s critics have tried to sandbag him. Some complain that his iconoclasm, his tearing down of long-revered heroes, and his corrections to the record leave only a dreary slog through centuries of oppression, struggle, and suffering. Well, a historian’s job is to find out what actually happened. The horrors are there all right, and Zinn is clear-eyed and persistent in forcing us to look at them.”

In collaboration with other publishers, offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Co-releasing an e-book sampler from a number of Howard Zinn titles.


New York Public Library

The New York Public Library will host the online event “This Month a Century Ago: Howard Zinn Born” on Wednesday, August 17, at 7 pm ET. Join professors Robert Cohen and Sonia Murrow to discuss Zinn’s legacy.



NYU Tamiment Library

• Newly digitized 293 audio and video recordings of Howard Zinn’s work to ensure long-term preservation and access to researchers around the world. Will be publicly available pending captioning for optimal accessibility.

• Organizing an archivist and historian community event, “Radicalizing the Archives: Compiling a Whole New World About the Lives, Desires, and Needs of Ordinary People” for Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10am PT/1pm ET with HowardZinn.org.

• Co-sponsoring a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more and register.


Rethinking Schools

Featuring a piece by Howard Zinn in each quarterly issue of Rethinking Schools magazine.

Winter 2022: “The Scourge of Nationalism
Spring 2022: “Empire or Humanity?
Summer 2022: “Don’t Despair About the Supreme Court


Seven Stories Press

• Releasing a new edition of A Young People’s History of the United States with a greater focus on Latino history with contributions by Ed Morales. A Spanish edition will follow in 2023.

• In collaboration with other publishers, offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

• Co-releasing an e-book sampler from a number of Howard Zinn titles.


Taharka Brothers

Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, based in Baltimore, Maryland, will release a Howard Zinn Centennial flavor, “Power of the People,” available August 15.


Teaching for Change

• Spotlighting Howard Zinn’s catalog of books that spans five decades.

• Featuring stories by former students.

• Co-sponsoring a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more and register.


Tha Truth

Professional recording artist Tha Truth is offering free copies of their album that serves as a musical version of the book A People’s History. Listen to two track below. If you would like a free copy of the full CD or a free full album digital download, you can email Tha Truth directly at ThaTruthMusic@Yahoo.com and it will be sent over to you.

Listen to tracks:
• “The Real History of the U.S. – Part I
• “The Real History of the U.S. – Part II



University of Georgia Press

Thanks to a donation from the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation, the University of Georgia Press is offering 500 free e-copies (via Edelweiss) of Rethinking America’s Past: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States in the Classroom and Beyond by Robert Cohen & Sonia Murrow to K-12 educators & teacher educators. Fill out the form below and you will receive the link to download the book via Edelweiss. (Note that you will need an Edelweiss account.)


Voices of a People’s History

• Co-sponsoring a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more and register.

• Producing a performance and conversation series at Lincoln Center.

March 10: The People Sing! with J Hoard, Kellindo Parker, Lama El Homaïssi, Linda Diaz, and more
March 30: Voices conversations Donna Murch and Chenjerai Kumanyika on Black Reconstruction by W. E. B. Du Bois, hosted by Zakiya Collier, with readings by Brian Jones
April 6: Voices conversations Mahogany L. Browne and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor on Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, hosted by Zakiya Collier, with readings by Browne and Collier. More info in Voices newsletter.
May 25: Voices conversations Imani Perry and Eddie S. Glaude Jr. on the 50th anniversary of the National Black Political Convention, hosted by Zakiya Collier, with readings by Brian Jones. More info in Voices newsletter.
June 2: Voices performance of students from Maxine Greene High. More info in Voices newsletter.
• Sept 9: A Voices performance. Details to be confirmed.

• Presenting “In the Classroom with Voices of a People’s History with the Center for Educators and Schools” on July 27. More info and registration at Eventbright.


Working Class History

Working Class History produced a double podcast episode about Howard Zinn, in his own words. Both parts will be available the week of August 8 for patreon supporters, and publicly available the week of August 22 on their website and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and every other major podcast app.


Zinn Education Project

• Launching a series of people’s historians throughout the year — including those who preceded Howard Zinn and others who are amplifying an understanding of people’s history today.

• Featuring Howard Zinn’s writing about prisons and with prisoners.

• Hosting a teachers workshop, “Teaching Outside the Textbook About the Red Scare: Subversives in Labor Organizing and the Black Freedom Struggle,” on Tues., Aug. 23.  Read more and register.

• Co-sponsoring a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more and register.

 


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