History, English teachers offered CEUs as part of the MSU workshop on February 1

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Elizabeth Miller (photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi.—A Mississippi State workshop provides teachers with continuing education units, while educating them about the role of women in history.

The free Feb. 1 workshop, “Women and Writing in History and English,” is led by Courtney Thompson, assistant professor of history at MSU, and Elizabeth Miller, assistant professor of English at MSU. The event is presented by MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the university’s Institute of Humanities.

“For the past two years, the Institute has been hosting educational workshops for secondary school humanities teachers. This year we are expanding to also include English teachers,” said Julia Osman, director of the Institute for Humanities. “As women take on increasingly important roles in politics, it seems appropriate to reflect on how women have been involved in history since the beginning of American politics and in the rest of the world.”

Studio portrait of Courtney Thompson wearing brown blouse and gray blazer
Courtney Thompson (photo by Russ Houston)

Beginning at 9 a.m. in McCool Hall 213, Thompson’s session will explore women’s history and how to integrate women into history programs. Her discussion will highlight how women around the world have “made history but found their voices obscured or reduced to the background,” said Osman, also an associate professor of history at MSU.

“Several women who have had an impressive impact in history will be discussed, as well as the integration of women into the fields we teach,” Osman said. “The presentation will help participants reflect on women in power, including those considering running for President of the United States.”

Using information from Thompson’s workshop as a springboard for examples and exercises, Miller will explore responsive versus reactive reading, how to make effective feedback on student work, create rubrics, help writers in difficulty and grading effectively.

“Attendees will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, clarify ideas, and plan group lessons for use in the classroom,” Osman said. “In addition, everyone will receive a bundle of primary sources and materials for writing instructions.”

Osman said both workshops are appropriate for teachers at all levels of social studies and English.

To register for the event, visit www.ih.msstate.edu before January 25 or contact Osman at humanities@msstate.edu. Free working lunch food is provided.

The Institute for the Humanities promotes research, scholarship, and creative performance in the humanistic disciplines and increases their visibility, both in the state of Mississippi and in the community at large. The activities of the institute consist of bringing eminent figures in the humanities to the university campus; support for faculty research initiatives; and raising public awareness through scholarship and innovative teaching.

MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 5,200 students, 325 full-time faculty members, nine doctoral programs, 14 master’s programs, and 27 undergraduate academic majors offered across 14 departments. For more details on the College of Arts and Sciences or the Institute for the Humanities, visit www.cas.msstate.edu or www.ih.msstate.edu.

MSU is the main university in Mississippi, available online at www.msstate.edu.