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insight4me History: United States 1945+ With Goldsmiths, University Of London & University of Reading

24th June 2020 @ 11:10 - 12:10







insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for current Year 12 students. The sessions support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording students the opportunity to talk to different universities and make informed comparisons about how, in this case, History is taught.

In this insight4me History webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, including Goldsmiths, University of London and University of Reading, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of United States 1945+, the universities have the freedom to choose their own topic and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the Year 12 students.

Through the discussion, the universities are encouraged to provide an insight into the teaching and learning experience of this topic at university, and compare and contrast how other subject areas across the History spectrum might be treated. Students will gain an insight into how these subjects continue beyond the A-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications.

By hearing from 2 unis, students will also appreciate how the further study of History can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

Full details of the universities and their talks are here:

  • Goldsmiths, University of London: Professor Richard S Grayson will present The Enigma of Richard Nixon: A Progressive President? A satirical news website recently contrasted Nixon to Trump saying, ‘Nation Issues Posthumous Apology To Richard Nixon For Calling Him Worst President’.  Long branded the villain of past Presidents, Nixon was arguably a highly successful foreign policy operator with an overlooked progressive record on the environment and Native American rights.  Richard Grayson asks, ‘How far does a politician’s character matter if they deliver results?’
  • University of Reading: Professor Emily West will present The Civil Rights Movement: Looking Backward and Forwards The Civil Rights Movement came to the fore in the 1960s, a decade of upheaval for the US, but why did it come to prominence at this point in time? This lecture looks at the causes of the movement for legal equality for African Americans, tracing its origins back to racial slavery and legal forms of segregation enacted in the US South. But it also takes the story forward. During the era of #BlackLivesMatter is seems opportune to consider some of the ways in which the Civil Rights Movement was unable to tackle entrenched structural racism throughout the US, a legacy we see through to the present day.


Students will have the chance to question each speaker and/or offer their own ideas.

This will be a dynamic, fast paced event  The universities will decide how to manage the time but a rough guide would be a 20 minute interactive talk followed by discussion.



Suitable for: Year 12 students studying, or with a possible interest in studying, History, Politics and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying History at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. You will be able to interact with the universities via microphones and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This event is now fully booked.




24th June 2020
11:10 - 12:10
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