Invitation to Workshop: History in a Time of Polarization, Sunday, March 20, 12pm-3pm 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.

Keynote Address (12:00-1:00 pm EST)
Sammy Rangel, co-founder of Life After Hate

Panel 1 (1:00-2:00 pm EST) Sharing Experiences

Panel 2 (2:00-3:00 pm EST) Sharing Solutions 


Sena Aydin (Cornell University, has taught through the Prison Education Program at Cornell University)

Rosa Schwartzburg (Journalist who has covered the far-right for The Guardian, The Nation, Jacobin, and Al Jazeera)

Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh (PhD, University of California, Berkeley)

Dr. Mary Rambaran-Olm (University of Toronto, Provost Postdoctoral Researcher, anti-racist activist)

Basil Arnould Price (University of York)

Eni Mustafaraj (Computer Science, Wellesley College)

Bret Devereaux (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Andrew Guess (Princeton University, Politics and Public Affairs)

Gaby Faundez (History, St. Catherine’s School)

Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College) 

Moderator: Robin Reich, History, Columbia University

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! Adam Matthews,, Columbia University

The Medievalist Toolkit is a public history group founded by Columbia graduate students in Fall 2017. The group aims to enable and facilitate conversation between academics and activists, journalists, and public service providers. Awarded the Community Building Award (Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America (2022), the Lehman Center Public History Award (2020), and History in Action Program Awards (2018, 2020), we are currently creating a website to make knowledge about the Middle Ages easily accessible to our partners.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday! – Samuel Dobberstein, Carolyn Quijano, Claire Dillon, Adam Matthews, Robin Reich, Sarina Kuersteiner

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