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The Monsoon World: Teaching the Indian Ocean in World History

Free workshop on teaching the Indian Ocean in World History

The Monsoon World: Teaching the Indian Ocean in World History
Eleventh-century Arabic map of the Indian Ocean

7 August 2024 at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT

The Indian Ocean exchange network extends from East Africa to southern Japan and is arguably the world’s oldest trade network. How can we convey the vastness of the Indian Ocean’s history to our students? In this free workshop, Bram Hubbell will discuss how to teach the diversity of the Indian Ocean exchange network while emphasizing its long-term continuities. Participants will learn about indigenous primary sources that help students learn how the inhabitants of the Indian Ocean understood this trade network over time.

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Bram Hubbell writes about teaching world history for the newsletter Liberating Narratives. He focuses on helping teachers decolonize the teaching of world history by questioning Eurocentric narratives and centering African, Asian, Indigenous, and Latinx voices in the classroom. He currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, but can often be found traveling all over Afroeurasia. He has visited more than 70 countries. Bram's travels inform his writing and approach to teaching. For over twenty years, he lived in New York City and taught world history at Friends Seminary. He also served on the AP World History curriculum and test development committees for many years and regularly participated in the AP World History reading.

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