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ACHE’s fourth keynote session the Untold History series is “Using Comics to teach Social Justice” with Dr. Elizabeth Pollard.

When: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Virtual event, register here

Comics shine a spotlight on a range of social justice issues, including wealth inequality, immigration, climate justice, and discrimination based on gender expression, sexuality, and race/ethnicity. This talk explores how the formal language of comics helps classrooms talk about
issues in images through time and how teaching with modern comics and graphic novels builds empathy and encourages action. Pollard discusses how she teaches with sequential art from and about pre-modern world history and will share the scaffolded assignments that students in her Comics and History class complete on their way to collaboratively constructing a digital timeline of comics and social justice through time, from antiquity to the present day.

Dr. Elizabeth Pollard is Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence at San Diego State University, where she has been teaching courses in Roman History, World History, and witchcraft studies since 2002. She co-leads the Comics @ SDSU collaborative (2019-present) and is co-Champion of Comics and Social Justice for the SDSU President’s Big Ideas Initiative (2020-present). Pollard recently debuted a new Comics and History course that explores sequential art from the paleolithic to the present day. Her primary research investigates women accused of witchcraft in the Roman world and explores the exchange of goods and ideas between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean in the early centuries of the Common Era. She is currently working on a graphic history exploring the influence of classical understandings of witchcraft on modern pop-culture representations of witches (from comics to film).


ACHE’s third keynote session in the Untold History series is “Strategic Citizenship: Negotiating Public Law 280 in Arizona, 1953–1968” with Dr. Katherine Osburn.

When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Virtual event, register here

For all that they constitute a significant population of the state, the popular history narrative of Indians in Arizona tends to focus on warfare and, later, casinos. This presentation seeks to expand that narrative by examining the political relationships between state and tribal governments under the policy of termination, when the federal government sought to end the status of Indigenous nations as sovereign polities and incorporate them into the state. The history of Indigenous Arizonans is far more nuanced than the Apache Wars narrative.

For more information on ACHE’s new monthly conference series and to register for this keynote, check out our Conference page.


Money is available to support classroom programs and professional development through the William C. Jenkins History Teaching Mentor Program

When: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply any time

What: Through the generosity of the Helios Education Foundation, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies invites proposals to further equip and train history teachers for successful classroom teaching and learning. The program wishes to offer support in the teaching of historical content and historical thinking skills, in accordance with recent scholarship in the teaching and learning of history.

Apply for the program here: https://shprs.asu.edu/sites/default/files/helios_teacher_proposal_application.pdf