In conjunction with the exhibition “1+1+1: Works by Alfredo Jaar,” the New Museum presented “Global Histories and Contemporary Legacies,” a high school teachers’ seminar that offered interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary global history.
The seminar included discussions with historians, artists, and community activists, as well as video screenings, viewings of contemporary art, and distribution of classroom resources. The seminar was organized by artist / educator Simon Leung in collaboration with Elyse Rivin, artist and English-as-a-Second Language teacher at International High School at Laguardia Community College.
Guest speakers included artist Alfredo Jaar; Avon Drake, Director of African-American Studies and Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University; Ward L. Kaiser, former executive director of Friendship Press and author of “A New View of the World,” a hadbook to the Peters Projection Map; Nkiru Nzegwu, Professor of Philosophy and Art History, SUNY Binghamton; and others.
The seminar was scheduled for three consecutive Saturdays on the 7, 14, and 21 of March, 1992, and was open to high school teachers of social studies, art, communications, media, and other related subjects.