Coming to the Heartland Educator Workshop Agenda



9:00 a.m. Welcome + Introduction to Workshop

Team members of the KU grant project, “Coming to the Heartland,” will introduce the initiative and explain the goals/objectives of the workshop.

9:30 a.m. Session 1: Introducing Oral Narratives of Latinx Migration to Kansas

Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Professor of English at the University of Kansas

In this session, you will will be introduced to oral narratives collected as part of the “Coming to the Heartland” project. The session will also include a book discussion of The Harvest (a collection of short stories) about Latinx migrant workers in the Midwest.

10:15 a.m. Session 2: Stories of African Migration to Kansas

In this session, you will learn about some regional examples of migration from Africa and how immigrants are integrating into the community in their own words.

Doreen Siilo, Assistant Director of the Kansas African Studies Center

11:00 a.m. Team Planning Time

12:00 p.m. Session 3: The Unexpected Caribbean and African Diaspora to Kansas

Explore a special exhibition that reveals the deep historical connections between Haiti and the United States through the lens of 20th-century Haitian art.

Giselle Anatol, Professor of English at the University of Kansas

1:00 p.m. Session 4: A Mexican History of Kansas (railroads, salt mines, farm workers, etc.)

In this session, we will think through the process of building a curriculum that engages students with Mexican histories of Kansas, in ways that are attentive to cultural specificity and community engagement beyond the classroom. We will work through the role of storytelling as visual, verbal, and auditory, and think through ways to build students’ cultural literacy through attention to storytelling as community practice.

Araceli Masterson-Algar, Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas

2:00 p.m. Presentation of Unit-Based Projects