University of Rochester

EVENT: "Women Social Educators as Teachers and Activists," a lecture for area teachers by Margaret Smith Crocco, associate professor at the Teachers College of Columbia University

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

July 22, 2003

Margaret Smith Crocco, associate professor of social studies and education at Columbia University's Teachers College, will give the keynote address at a summer institute focused on including women in the teaching of American history. Her talk at 1 p.m. tomorrow, July 23, is open to the public and will be held in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

Crocco's presentation is part of the two-week American History as Dialogue Summer Institute co-sponsored by the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Monroe #1 BOCES in Fairport. The institute and related activities throughout the year are directed by Ellen Santora, assistant professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, and funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History Grant Program.

This year's institute, "Into the Mainstream: Including Women in American History," is examining critical issues related to women in the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, Social Reform, and the Cold War Era. Participants reflect on the creation of historical understanding by using rare books, records, documents, and oral histories. Thirty-six participants representing 13 local and regional school districts and organizations are developing curriculum modules for use in their own classes.

Guest Speaker Crocco is an expert on the topic of women social educators. She is the lead co-author and co-editor of three books: Bending the Future to Their Will: Civic Women, Social Education and Democracy; Pedagogies of Resistance: Women Educator Activists, 1880-1960; and Building a Legacy: Women in Social Education 1784-1984.

For more information about the project, contact Ellen Santora at (585) 275-5053 or go to the American History as Dialogue Web site at