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Educator Event: Civil Discourse

Free; registration required

At this divisive moment in our country and the world, the need to understand and consider diverse perspectives is paramount. Join educators, museum professionals, and artists for an afternoon exploring how experiences with art can promote dialogue, encourage empathy, enhance speaking and listening skills, and provide a brave space to navigate complexity. Educators teaching all levels (elementary through college/university) are welcome and encouraged to attend

Register online by Wednesday, November 29 for this free event. 

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Enter at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street; our staff will greet you in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.

Schedule of Events

Ground Floor

Connect with colleagues and enjoy coffee and
tea. Drop in anytime.
1–4 pm
Ground floor, Art Study Room,
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center
for Education

Restorative Justice Skills Lab
Conflict is an inevitable part of life, but it is
frequently difficult to navigate. During this
interactive workshop led by Meredith Gray,
Restorative Justice and Training Officer at the
New York Peace Institute, use experiences with
works of art to practice conflict resolution skills,
address the needs of all parties, and contribute to
healthy communities.
1:20–2 pm, 2:20–3 pm, 3:20–4 pm
Ground floor, Studio,
Uris Center for Education

Talking about Race and Racism
with Students
Learn how racism manifests itself in education
and its impact on children; then, explore how
experiences with works of art can nurture a
culture of respect, equity, and inclusivity. This
session is organized by Border Crossers, an
organization committed to empowering
educators to dismantle patterns of racism and
injustice in our schools and communities.
2:20–4 pm
Ground floor, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall,
Uris Center for Education

Teaching Resources:
Nolen Library
Visit Nolen Library to browse resources
in The Met's collection. Curriculum resources for
planning class visits and integrating art into the
classroom are available to borrow. Drop in
12–5 pm
Ground floor, Nolen Library,
Uris Center for Education

Thomas J. Watson Library, the central research library of
The Met, is open to researchers college-age and above Monday
through Saturday. To schedule a library orientation for your
class, visit @metlibrary

Floor 1

Let My People Go:
The Harlem Renaissance and the Artivism of

Using Aaron Douglaspainting Let My People Go,
discover how the artists of the Harlem
Renaissance used both visual and literary
imagery to explore Black liberation. Uncover the
legacy of these artists in the radical imaginations
of present-day Black artists and writers.
This session is led by Robyne Walker Murphy,
Executive Director of Groundswell, a leading
community arts organization.
1:20–2 pm, 2:20–3 pm, 3:20–4 pm
Floor 1, Gallery 900,
The Sharp Gallery

Seeing Art through a Social Justice Lens
Investigate how the Social Justice Standards
identified by Teaching Tolerance can be used
to turn a discussion of a great work of art into a
thoughtful exploration of U.S. history and thorny
contemporary issues. Learn the standards—
divided into the domains of identity, diversity,
justice, and action—and use them to explore
Thomas Hart Benton's mural America Today.
This session is led by Maureen Costello, Director
of Teaching Tolerance at the Southern Poverty
Law Center, which uses litigation, education, and
advocacy to seek justice for the most vulnerable
members of our society.
1:20–2 pm, 2:20–3 pm, 3:20–4 pm
Floor 1, Gallery 909

Floor 2
Discussion and Democracy
The late sociologist Robert Bellah once said that
democracy is paying attention. If we want more
democracy in our everyday lives, we must learn
to pay attention by listening attentively and
questioning astutely. During this session,
put these skills into practice as we explore
Jacques-Louis David's painting The Death of
. This session is led by Steve Preskill,
coauthor of Discussion as a Way of Teaching:
Tools and Techniques for Democratic
1:20–2pm, 2:20–3pm, 3:20–4pm
Floor 2, Gallery 614,
Jayne Wrightsman Gallery

Art as Warning
Consider how artists respond in challenging
times during this session led by Kevin Feinberg,
New York Program Director of Facing History
and Ourselves, a nonprofit that empowers
teachers and students to think critically about
history. Works by Otto Dix featured in the current
exhibition World War I and the Visual Arts
provide a catalyst to explore art as a warning
and a tool of resistance in times of conflict.
1:20–2 pm, 2:20–3 pm, 3:20–4 pm
Floor 2, Gallery 693,
Harriette and Noel Levine Gallery

American Memory and Identity
Join Laura Lee and Brendan Murphy, Education
Managers at the Lower East Side Tenement
Museum, for a workshop challenging notions of
what it means to be American through a close
look at Winslow Homer's post-Civil War painting
Dressing for the Carnival.
1:20–2 pm, 2:20–3 pm, 3:20–4 pm
Floor 2, Gallery 762,
Peter M. Sacerdote Gallery

Visual Discourse:
Exchanging Stories of Self and Society

What do our photographs tell us about our time
and place in the world? How can we dialogue
across perspectives using visual storytelling?
Inspired by the current exhibition Talking
Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between
, this workshop explores strategies for
visual discourse about social issues. This session
is led by Jessica Hamlin, Visiting Assistant
Professor of Arts Education at the NYU
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education,
and Human Development.
1:20–2 pm, 2:20–3 pm, 3:20–4 pm
Floor 2, Gallery 851, Joyce and Robert Menschel
Hall for Modern Photography

Photo credit: Filip Wolak

All Upcoming


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