Divisive Concepts: A Chilling Effect on Teaching History (in-person and virtual)


Please join us for the upcoming Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks. Our panelists will be discussing "Divisive Concepts": A Chilling Effect on Teaching History. 

This is a hybrid event - taking place both in-person and virtually. The in-person event will be at Stokel Commons at the Portsmouth Middle School. In-person is limited to 50 attendees. 

States across the country have seen new laws prohibiting the teaching of so-called “divisive concepts” that present critical perspectives on histories, laws, social practices, and literature that have excluded the opposing voices and histories of the struggle for justice and freedom from exploitation by African American, Native American, Asian Americans, and People of Color.

This panel will deal with the history of the clashing versions of our American stories—stories that have been written to privilege one group and exclude the stories of people of color, and stories that reveal the resistance to oppression and present a more inclusive vision of America. This is even more difficult with the drastic reduction in teaching history and social studies in New Hampshire schools.

Nikita Stewart, Assistant Editor, New York Times
Elizabeth DuBrulle, Director of Education & Public Programs, NH Historical Society
Erin Bakkom, Social Studies teacher, Portsmouth Middle School.

Moderator: Sen. David Watters, NH State Senator and Professor Emeritus Department of English, University of New Hampshire

This project is funded in part by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant. Learn more on the Black Heritage Trail of NH  website here.


Event Details


Sunday, February 6, 2022 2:00pm


222 Court Street
Portsmouth NH 03801

Hosted By:

Black Heritage Trail of NH

Contact Info:

Black Heritage Trail of NH, 570-8469