Free with Museum admission
Recommended for ages 12-16
Read Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird, our book club summer reading selection, and participate in the online conversation on our GoodReads page and the History Detectives blog. Over the next two months, teens and adults will read the novel join the N-YHS and Facing History & Ourselves educator-led virtual discussion. Log on to introduce yourself and engage in weekly discussions, learn about the book’s historical context, and view related artifacts from the N-YHS collection. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Then join us in person for our big fall Reading Into History book club kick-off featuring special guest historians and educators, with forums, break-out sessions, and more! Co-presented by Facing History & Ourselves.
Paul Acampora is the author of the middle-grade novel I Kill the Mockingbird, and other novels and short stories for teens, middle grade, and elementary school readers. He is a former kindergarten teacher, a current college administrator, a member of the Eastern PA Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), and a frequent contributor to the Scholastic Storyworks magazine.
Sandra A. Daley-Sharif (reader) is a professional actress, director, playwright, dramaturge, and producer and recent recipient of the Josephine Abady Award and. She is the Producing Artistic Director of Liberation Theatre Company, home to emerging Black playwrights. She is founder and member of the Obie Award winning HARLEM9, presenters of the annual festival, 48Hours in... Harlem. Sandra is also a member of Abingdon’s Theatre Company’s Playwriting Group and New Perspectives Theater’s Women’s Work Project. Her current acting credits include Netflix's, Orange Is The New Black.
Claire Needell is an author and former middle school teacher whose education-focused contributions to The New York Times opinion pages recently included a post to Room for Debate's "How Should Schools Deal With the New ‘Atticus Finch’?" Ms. Needell has written a collecion of YA short fiction, Nothing Real and the forthcoming YA novel, The Word for Yes.
Dennis D. Parker is Director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program which advocates for racial justice using litigation, public education, community organizing and legislation primarily in the areas of education, racial profiling and other discrimination in the criminal justice system and economic justice. Prior jobs include Chief of the New York State Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau, staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and staff attorney in the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division in Brooklyn. He publishes and lectures extensively about civil rights and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. He graduated from Middlebury College and Harvard Law School.
Karen Scher (moderator) is a Program Associate for Facing History and Ourselves, an educational nonprofit that offers professional development and ongoing support for teachers. Karen works with teachers to develop multidisciplinary approaches that help students gain historical understanding, build critical thinking skills, and increase their capacity for making ethical choices. She has been a Facing History high school humanities teacher in California and a fellow at the New Israel Fund, the Yale National Initiative and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
From Facing History & Ourselves:
“To Kill A Mockingbird is a story of justice, judgment, and morality, as well as family, gender, and race. It is a story that prompts us to reflect on our own moral compass and our place in the community where we live.”
Reading into History is partnering with Facing History & Ourselves to delve into Harper Lee’s work, as Lee’s only other novel, Go Set A Watchman, was recently discovered and will be published in July.