The History for Peace Newsletter is out!

In our last newsletter of the year we bring you exciting tidings!

  • A short course specially designed for teachers by philosopher and author, Sundar Sarukkai.
  • An event in the physical world, at long last—an open house for teachers, in collaboration with Ghare Baire, DAG.
  • A workshop series for teachers and students based on our module, PandemicsHistorical Vignettes, to demonstrate ways to translate and practically implement the resource in the classroom.

Three fresh teaching/learning resources:

  • Witness to Loss: S.L. Parasher’s Partition Line Drawings, a classroom module drawing from a talk delivered by Prajna Parasher followed by a conversation between Prajna Parasher and Aloka Parasher, early this year.
  • The PreambleA Brief Introduction—A Classroom Module. This is a collaborative classroom module brought to you by Alternative Law Forum and History for Peace.
  • Art of Looking: A classroom resource to encourage students and teachers to engage with art critically, creatively and contextually.

Three research papers along with classroom activity ideas, developed from talks delivered as part of our Political Partitions: Human Stories series, hosted between September 2020 and February 2021.
Miscellaneous teaching and learning resources of topical interest ranging from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre to Durga Pujo in the ‘This & That’ segment.
Finally, a window into our recently completed pilot of the Ladakh-Bengal Education Exchange project, a collaboration with Achi Association, India that gave us the wonderful opportunity to work with themes of critical concern to the present social fabric, with students from Ladakh and Kolkata.


Coming up!

Teaching Thinking has increasingly become a core goal of education. This aspect of teaching is also emphasized in NEP and many new universities in India compulsorily teach aspects of critical thinking for their students. But what is it to teach thinking?
In this short course, we will explore some practical ways of teaching thinking. We will begin by first understanding the nature of thinking, the different types of thinking, the relationship between thinking and language, and other related topics. We will look at different ways by which we can teach each of these different types of thinking. The course will be held over three days, for two hours each. Each session will have breakout groups which will work together on some practical aspects of implementing the ideas that we discuss in the workshop. Each group will have a facilitator who will help direct the discussion. 

Registration details:
Open to all school teachers and teachers in-training.
Registration: Rs. 1000/-; for B.Ed students: Rs. 500/-
Last date for registration: 18 October 2021.
Note: Participants will receive a certificate on completing the 3-day course.


Naveen Kishore Receives the 2021 Ottaway Award

‘Translation not only. But also. As an activity that decodes image text memory. Causing something almost “erstwhile”—what may have been, what used to be, what no longer is—to come into being.’

The Ottaway Award, presented by the renowned online magazine Words without Borders, recognizes individuals who have taken extraordinary steps to promote and publish international literature in English translation. Past awardees include Sara Bershtel, Barbara Epler, Edith Grossman, the late Carol Brown Janeway, Chad Post, Jill Schoolman, and Drenka Willen.

Jeff Deutsch, director of Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Chicago, presented the award to Kishore at the private hybrid ceremony.

Jeff Deutsch’s Laudatory Speech

It is a tremendous privilege to be here with all of you wonderful devotees of the word and it is a profound honour to lead the celebration of Naveen Kishore, founder and publisher of Seagull Books. I must confess to some reverence in approaching this task, but I must also state what an absolute delight it has been to once again immerse myself in Naveeniana, as I attempt to briefly summarize the accomplishments of one of the most expansive people I know.

Watch Naveen Kishore’s Acceptance Speech

Or Read It here:
Notes from a Journal I could have kept. [But failed to. Keep]

Open House at the Museum!
A Ghare Baire DAG and History for Peace collaboration1

An event in the physical world, at long last—
an open house for teachers in Calcutta

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