Exploring Sites of Encounter through Artifacts: Calicut

Workshop | April 14 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  To be provided to participants

  , Richmond, CA

 Sugata Ray, UC Berkeley, History of Art

 Professional Development for Educators

What can physical artifacts teach us about past human interactions, activities, and beliefs? How can you teach your students to analyze and infer meanings from objects?

Teachers are invited to come explore a selection of objects from the Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Professor Sugata Ray will guide you through the process of “reading” this set of objects. This interpretive procedure will be applicable for teachers of any time period or region. Next, he will model how this investigation of an object can be turned into a narrative about a specific time and place. Finally, you will select an object from an online museum collection and work through the process as you might use it to prepare a lesson.

Most objects in this workshop will be related to the Indian coastal city of Kozhikode, or Calicut. This city was a nexus point for Indian Ocean trade and a site of encounter for many hundreds of years. Its position as a meeting and trans-shipment point for diverse people, goods, and ideas makes it an ideal subject of study in World History classes.

The subject matter of the workshop is most closely aligned with the 7th grade social studies curriculum, but other K-12 teachers are welcome to participate. There is no cost to attend. This program is offered jointly by the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and ORIAS (the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies) and will take place at the Hearst Museum's Richmond, CA site. Space is limited to 20 teachers.

 free for teachers

  Register online Contact person: Shane Carter