Book Talk In the Shadow of Authoritarianism, with Thomas Fallace, Thursday, 3/7, 1-2pm

306 Russell


Title: In the Shadow of Authoritarianism: American Education in the Twentieth Century


Please join Dr. Thomas Fallace, Professor of Education at William Paterson University, for a discussion of his recent book, In the Shadow of Authoritarianism: American Education in the Twentieth Century (Teachers College Press, 2018). This book "explores how American educators, in the wake of World War I, created a student-centered curriculum in response to authoritarian threats abroad. For most of the 20th century, American educators lived in the shadow of ideological, political, cultural, and existential threats (including Prussianism, propaganda, collectivism, dictatorship, totalitarianism, mind control, the space race, and moral relativity). To meet the perceived threat, the American curriculum was gradually moved in a more student-centered direction that focused less on “what to think” and more on “how to think.” This book examines the period between World War I and the 1980s, focusing on how U.S. schools countered the influence of fascist and communist ideologies, as well as racial discrimination. Fallace also considers this approach in light of current interests in the Common Core State Standards."

-- Publisher's description


Dr. Thomas Fallace is also the author of Race and the Origins of Progressive Education, 1880–1929 (2015) and Dewey and the Dilemma of Race: An Intellectual History, 1895-1922 (2011), also published by Teachers College Press, as well as The Emergence of Holocaust Education in American Schools (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). He holds a PhD in Education; Masters of Arts in History and Masters in Education from the University of Virginia; and BA from Washington and Lee. Dr. Fallace is Visiting Professor, Program in Social Studies at Teachers College.


This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities and Teachers College Press. Persons interested in attending may rsvp by Wednesday, March 6th.


Where: 306 Russell



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