Teaching U.S. history in public schools was the subject of a Pioneer Institute event and book signing on Monday, January 28 at the Omni Parker House hotel in Boston. Keynote addresses were delivered by Dr. Howard Dodson, who directs Howard University’s Moorland-Springarn Research Center and Library System, and Dr. Jack Rakove, the William Robertson Coe professor of history and American studies and professor of political science at Stanford University. Professor Rakove won the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution.
Dr. Howard Dodson, Jr. is the Director of Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Library System. Previously, he provided 27 years of service as Director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is author of numerous celebrated books and publications, including: Jubilee: The Emergence of African-American Culture, In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience, Lest We Forget: The Triumph over Slavery, and Becoming American: The African-American Journey.