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Race and the American Story
Virtual Professional Development Program for Educators

Race and the American Story

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Live Online via Zoom
Featured Speakers
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Stephanie Shonekan

Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland

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Adam Seagrave

Senior Fellow, Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism

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Allan Carey

Director, Sphere Education Initiatives

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About the Event

Race and racism have been intimately bound throughout American history and remain at the forefront of challenging conversations in politics, in policy, and in the classroom. How are we to understand and productively engage in these conversations and do so in a way that empowers our students? Join Sphere Education Initiatives on February 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST via Zoom for an important and informative discussion with the authors of the newly released book Race and the American Story.

  • This event will be presented via Zoom.
  • All Sphere alumni and interested educators for grades 5–12 are eligible to attend.
  • Earn professional development for attending.



Book talk with the authors, Stephanie Shonekan and Adam Seagrave, moderated by Allan Carey


Workshop with Sphere classroom content and resources for teachers

About the Book

In Race and the American Story, Stephanie Shonekan and Adam Seagrave provide a unique window into race relations in contemporary America. Shonekan, a black woman who grew up in Nigeria and Trinidad before emigrating to the United States, and Seagrave, a white man who grew up in California’s Napa Valley, have entwined their life histories to shed light on how Americans experience race. This book explores the authors’ insights into the personal and social effects of racism and contains both an open acknowledgment of the realities of racism and a hopeful approach to confronting it. Race and the American Story provides a historically sensitive, culturally informed, and refreshingly novel treatment of race in the United States. Combining the power of storytelling with the authors’ expertise as scholars of politics and culture, this book shows how two very different personal stories relate to the American story—a story that is in danger of disintegrating in the 21st century.