Frances Perkins Forum

First Annual Frances Perkins Forum

"The Living New Deal in New York"

Professional Development for Teachers

February 20 and 21, 2012
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
15 hours of professional development credits.

  • Explore New Deal history through the art, theater, and literature produced in 1930's New York.
  • Integrate this history into curricula informed by the Common Core Learning Standards.
  • Imagine the use of new media in the classroom.
  • Discuss history with a Pulitzer Prize winner and other leading scholars.

Appropriate for childhood, middle school, and high school teachers of social studies, economics, and English language arts.


February 20 - Alumni House
February 21 - Ruth S. Harley University Center, Room 313


Keynote Speaker

Kirstin Downey
Author of The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience.

Kirstin is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and writer.

Downey joined the Washington Post as a business reporter in 1988, and began writing about the country's economic highs and lows and the role played by government regulation. She was one of the first in the nation to spot the dangers in the mortgage market. In May 2005, she wrote a story about a disturbing new trend, risky loans were being pushed by loosely-regulated lenders on unwary borrowers and real estate speculators.

Other topics to be covered will include:

  • New Deal History and the Common Core Learning Standards
  • New Deal Art and Architecture
  • The New Deal in Film, on Stage, and in Literature
  • New Media, Social Networking, and the Art of Today's Protest Movement.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Linné
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