Recorded Session: General Session: Doing History; Doing Justice; Doing Democracy

Recorded On: 10/11/2021

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Session Description

Doing History; Doing Justice; Doing Democracy is a Recorded General Session of the 2021 AASLH Online Conference.

As history organizations work to be relevant, effective civic engagement is essential. As we do this work more deliberately, it makes sense to understand the landscape and to collaborate with others supporting the democratic project in our own country and abroad. This session will highlight current partnerships and prompt participants to identify their own strategies for engagement.


Moderator: Sarah Jencks Director of Education and Interpretation at Ford’s Theatre Society
Twitter: @SarahJencks

Kayla DeMonte Managing Director at Citizen University
Kayla DeMonte is the Managing Director at Citizen University, a non-profit working to build a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship across the US. In this role, Kayla leads the organization’s work on a national slate of programs focused on strengthening citizen power and renewing civic practices through gatherings, rituals, and shared learning experiences. She believes that a strong democracy relies on strong citizens and is passionate about building creative pathways for civic participation. Prior to her current role, Kayla was Director of Programs & Partnerships at the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce, and began her career in the festival production working on major events in Seattle.
Twitter: @CitizenUniv or @Kayla_DeMonte

Jamie Engel Director of Programs at National Conference on Citizenship
Jamie Engel is the Program Director at the National Conference on Citizenship. She has spent her career as a tireless advocate for public service and civic engagement. Jamie teaches at the Harvard Institute of Politics and has worked previously with Democracy Entrepreneurs, for U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) and at the League of Conservation Voters. She began her career as a middle school ELA teacher in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Twitter: @EngelJamie

Seth Henderson Program Manager and Allstate Fellow, Citizenship and American Identity Program at The Aspen Institute
Seth Henderson is Program Manager for the Better Arguments Project, a national civic initiative created to help bridge ideological divides that is a partnership between the Aspen Institute, Allstate and Facing History and Ourselves. He is a tri-sector innovator with experience in business consulting, state/local government, and nonprofits and a McNair Scholar and former White House intern for President Barack Obama. Most recently, he has completed certifications in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University, Project Management from Harvard University, Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University, and recently completed the McKinsey & Company Black Leadership Academy Management Accelerator.

Caroline Klibanoff Managing Director at Made By Us
Caroline Klibanoff is the Managing Director for Made by Us, a cross-institutional collaboration from America’s leading history organizations to engage Millennials and Gen Z with history and civic participation. Her work bridges civic participation, history and the public sphere, having worked for cultural heritage organizations including the MIT Museum and Cambridge Historical Society; think tanks like the Pew Research Center and the FrameWorks Institute; and serving as a strategist for the Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation, running the American Civic Collaboration “Civvys” Awards. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Public History from Northeastern University.
Twitter: @CKlibanoff

Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman Senior Director, Global Transitional Justice Initiative at International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman has over twenty years of experience designing and implementing community outreach strategies and programs in critical post-conflict settings. A thought leader and global transitional justice practitioner, Ereshnee pioneered the Coalition’s work in transitional justice in 2014, and now leads the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation which under her stewardship manages 58 projects in 17 countries engaging 256 local civil society organizations in Colombia, Guinea, Sri Lanka, and the Middle East and North Africa region, among other locales. Ereshnee earned her PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Twitter: @Ereshnee

Kelton Williams Education Program Specialist, Citizenship Education and Training Branch at U.S. Customs and Immigration Service, Office of Citizenship
Kelton Williams is an Education Program Specialist with the USCIS Office of Citizenship, Citizenship Education and Training Branch. Since joining USCIS, Kelton’s work has included collaborations with museums around the country to create civic integration opportunities for adult citizenship education programs and designing educational resources and is currently developing a guide that aligns the 100 questions from the naturalization civics test with monuments and memorials on the National Mall. Prior to joining USCIS, Kelton was an Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Knox College, where his research focused on the history of citizenship and civic education in the United States. He began his career teaching middle and high school social studies in Texas.


RECORDED DATE: October 12, 2021


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