KEYNOTE Speaker: Sam wineburg


"School: A Place to Protect Students from the Digital World or A Place to Prepare them to Deal With It?"

 In his presentation, Sam Wineburg will argue that our current pedagogies -- even ones his own organization, the Stanford History Education Group, has advocated -- fall short in preparing students to deal with the reality of becoming savvy digital citizens. He will share findings from his latest research that show the depth of the problem and offer a possible way out. 


Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of History & American Studies at Stanford University. Educated at Brown and Berkeley, he holds a doctorate in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford and an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s UmeĆ„ University. In 2004, Wineburg founded the Stanford History Education Group (, whose curriculum and assessments have been downloaded more than five million times, making it the largest provider of free curriculum in the social studies. His recent research on how people judge the credibility of digital content has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC, Die Zeit and translated into dozens of languages.

His 2002 his book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past won the Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the “improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts.” In 2013, he was named the Obama-Nehru Distinguished Chair by the US-India Fulbright Commission and spent four months crisscrossing India giving lectures. His new book, Why Learn History When It’s Already on Your Phone? (University of Chicago Press) will be available in bookstores this summer.

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