Invitation to Workshop: History in a Time of Polarization, Saturday, December 11, 12pm-3:20pm EST

This virtual workshop brings together professionals from fields that deal with the violent far-right. Hate groups’ recruitment has consistently drawn from memories of the medieval past, and in recent years this effort has grown, particularly online. Scholars, social workers, and journalists all have unique viewpoints on this issue, but rarely have a single forum for discussion and problem solving. This workshop offers such a space. Please see below for the flyer.

Keynote Address (12:00-1:00 pm EST)

Sammy Rangel, co-founder of Life After Hate

Panel 1 (1:15-2:15 pm EST) Sharing Experiences

Panel 2 (2:20-3:20 pm EST) Sharing Solutions


Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College, History)
Rosa Schwartzburg (The Guardian/ Jacobin, Journalism)
Mary Rambaran-Olm (University of Toronto, Literary History)
Eni Mustafaraj (Wellesley College, Computer Science)
Bret Deveraux (UNC Chapel Hill, History)
Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh (UC Berkeley, English)
Andrew Guess (Princeton University, Politics and Public Affairs)
Hannah Reall (Mount Carmel Health System, Social Worker)
Matthew Gabriele (Virginia Tech, Religion and Culture)

Register Here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions!

Sarina Kuersteiner, for the Medievalist Toolkit

The Medievalist Toolkit is a public history group founded by Columbia graduate students in the Fall 2017. The group aims to enable and facilitate conversation between academics and activists, journalists, and public service providers. Awarded the Lehman Center Public History Award (2020) and the History in Action Program Award (2018), we are currently creating a website to make knowledge about the Middle Ages easily accessible to our partners.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday,
The Medievalist Toolkit

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