Ferguson in the Classroom

Faculty who would like to include discussion of the Ferguson unrest in their classrooms will find links to useful resources below, including detailed information, interviews, video clips, and blogs for commentary and response.  


Resources for Ferguson: Home
An especially informative guide to resources related to Ferguson has been prepared by the Michigan State University library.  It includes links to many social media sites as well as other resources for teaching.  Here is the link to the MSU library guide developed by several members of the library’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

“Resources for Addressing Ferguson in the Classroom,” Jordan Moeny (Education Week Teacher, November 25, 2014).
Links to many current materials for students pre-k through college. An especially valuable resource is the PBS Newshour Extra that contains specific information, pictures, and links to videos such as Gwen Ifill’s Newshour interviews.

“How to Teach Kids About What’s Happening in Ferguson,” Marcia Chatelain (The Atlantic, August 25, 2014).
This is a “crowdsourced syllabus about race, African American history, civil rights, and policing.”  Links to numerous articles, videos, and blogs to aid in the discussion of Ferguson at all levels.

Twitter account launched by Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University.

“The Death of Michael Brown:  Teaching About Ferguson,” K. Schulten, T. Marshall, and M. Gonchar (New York Times, The Learning Network, September 3, 2014).
Video, current materials, responses from the audience, comments invited.

“How Professors in St. Louis Are Teaching the Lessons of Ferguson’s Unrest,” Katherine Mangan (The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 26, 2014). 
Four professors from different disciplines talking about how they planned to tackle the Ferguson case and surrounding issues in their teaching.

“Teaching About Ferguson,” Julian Hipkins III (Teaching for Change:  Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom, August 2014).
Provides links to resources on police brutality, history of racism, international human rights, militarization of the police, student fear and resilience, and housing inequality.


For additional materials with guidelines for handling difficult classroom discussions see the following site:
Teaching Controversial Issues at http://fod.msu.edu/oir/classroom-management-and-managing-controversy