4/30/2015 update: Link to the BaltimoreSyllabus google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B_oyOyu_tAwOVq5MY1oJL3orN6ps04O82JxWxnkGpho/preview?sle=true
No matter what discipline you teach, many of your students will likely still be thinking about–and be haunted by–the events that unfolded in Ferguson this summer. It’s tough to get students to listen to each other and analyze the context while discussing something that’s still so raw for so many people, but educators around the country have turned to Twitter (using hashtag #FergusonSyllabus) to share materials and to discuss ways to guide classroom conversations about what happened.
Some widely-shared general resources include TheRoot.com’s “Do’s and Don’ts for Teaching About Ferguson” and “Teaching About Ferguson” from the Teaching for Change site. “How to Teach Kids About What’s Happened in Ferguson” by Marcia Chatelain, the originator of the #FergusonSyllabus hashtag, has links to many resources that are appropriate for college students as well.
- Melissa Harris Perry suggests ways science, music, English, and history instructors can incorporate lessons about Ferguson into their classes.
- The Chronicle interviews criminology, political science and sociology professors in St. Louis about how they’ve revised their syllabi this semester to teach about Ferguson.
- Art: Scroll to the middle of this blog post for links to art and political cartoons about Ferguson.
- Education: Bibliography on whiteness, teaching, and silence; blog post on Ferguson and redefining the purpose of education.
- English: One English professor’s blog entry on revising her literature syllabus to incorporate discussions about Ferguson; Ferguson’s literary history.
- Music: Music resources for teaching about Ferguson.
- Political Science: Powerpoint slides for a class on What Political Science Teaches us About Ferguson (incorporates theories about collective action, constitutional rights, race, representation, political participation, and media).
- Sociology: Sociological research putting Ferguson in context; the Ferguson Syllabus from Sociologists for Justice.
- Women’s Studies: Useful bibliography and discussion suggestions.