Ava Duvernay's 13th
#Docuhistory with Walter D. Greason, Kevin Gannon, and William Dobbie
Ava DuVernay's documentary film 13th (2016) explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans ... Keep Reading
We invite teachers, parents, and students to use this page to view the film and explore the related resources below as part of their curriculum or home-schooling.
The #docuhistory series aims to create an informal space where teachers, students, and historians can join together to watch a documentary and discuss teaching and learning about the film's subject matter. The series is organized by Joe Schmidt, New York City Department of Education, @HSGlobalHistory, in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics.
We held a Twitter watch party and Zoom panel discussion of the film on June 4, 2020. You can browse the discussion on Twitter by searching the #docuhistory hashtag or by checking in with discussion moderators Walter D. Greason (@worldprofessor), Kevin Gannon (@TheTattooedProf), and William Dobbie (@wadobbie). Watch the video of the Zoom panel discussion below as well. The resources shared through this conversation have been gathered by Joe Schmidt.
In this public conversation from June 4 about teaching 13th, Walter D. Greason and Kevin Gannon join moderator Joe Schmidt of the New York City Department of Education to discuss questions and pedagogical avenues raised by the film.
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Dr. Walter D. Greason is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He is also an Honors Dean Emeritus who has published six books in the last decade. His research focuses on slavery, segregation, and…...Read More
Grand View University
Kevin Gannon is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (West Virginia University Press) and is currently writing A Continental History of the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras for…...Read More
Utica Academy for International Studies
William Dobbie is an International Baccalaureate History and AP World History teacher from Suburban Detroit (Utica Academy for International Studies). 2020 begins his 20th year in public education. He began @histflix/#histflix in March of 2020 to provide a community for students and teachers to connect while making our way through…...Read More