The Freedom Chronicle:
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Dr. Kristine Yohe
|Dr. Kristine Yohe, Department of Literature and Language, took her Honors Freshman English class (part of a Learning Community on the Underground Railroad with Eric Jackson's African American History class) on a bus tour of regional Underground Railroad sites on Saturday, October 5.. Along with students from Robert Wallace's literature class, and a few others (including IFS student workers Annette Fournier and Jessica Long), they toured sites in Maysville and Washington, Kentucky, as well as Ripley, Ohio. Caroline Miller was the leader of this outing, and she shared a lot of fascinating information with the students. They were also very taken with Jerry Gore's guidance and insights as they visited him in his new Phillips Folly site in Maysville. Seeing places where formerly enslaved people had hidden while escaping - as well as where enslaved Africans had been confined at a different point in history - was both chilling and thrilling for all involved. The students from Yohe's and Jackson's class were especially interested in visiting the John Parker house in Ripley, as they had recently read about his adventures in his autobiography, His Promised Land. A highlight of the day was visiting the beautiful Kentucky home of Anna Dale and Robert Pyles for a delightful lunch.|
Dr. Denise Dallmer
Dr. Denise Dallmer, College of Education, taught a course entitled The Underground Railroad: A Summer Teaching Institute - a course in which twenty teachers who were graduate students in the College of Education at NKU participated in the Underground Railroad Teaching Summit. These teachers, who represented elementary, middle, and secondary levels, teach in Ohio and Kentucky.
Class days for the summer institute were spent researching web sites about the Underground Railroad, holding class discussions and small group discussions, listening to guest lectures from IFS faculty, writing reflective journals, examining primary history sources from a courthouse, comparing fiction to nonfiction video, and reviewing adolescent and children's literature. Students spent time at churches, courthouses, local museums, historical sites, and walked through towns with local guides to explain history.
Students also designed original lesson plans that they could integrate into their classroom teaching. Using Kentucky's Core Content for Assessment Guides and the Ohio Model Curriculum, teachers skillfully planned and taught curriculum that they had never taught before. Technology was integrated into the classroom as well. The students have posted their creative lesson plans on the class website (http://www.nku.edu/~undergroundrr/) as well as a list of teacher resources. Funded by a technology mini-grant, all of the teachers were videotaped in their classrooms during the Fall semester, and a video CD has been produced for dissemination.
Dr. Ramona Brockett
Dr. Ramona Brockett, Department of Political Science, has been invited by the Department of Political Science, the Department of African and African American Studies, and Dr. Frank Dobson of the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center to be the keynote speaker for Black History Month at Wright State University. Dr. Brockett's address entitled, "Crime, Class and Race: The Dilemma of the Black Criminologist in a Terroristic Society," will be delivered at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2003. Dr. Brockett also is working on a publication entitled "Slavery" for Sage's Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, edited by Mary F. Bosworth.
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