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WHaLI 2019 | Empire, Independence & Decolonization in Global History & Literature

Today, we live in a world of a few hundred nation-states. Yet, throughout most of human history, people lived in empires, states that never claimed to represent a single people or nation. Such imperial systems were durable, ruling over vast territories for long periods of time. Regardless of their longevity, all empires faced resistance and rebellion in some form and to some degree.

Imperial systems and those who have opposed, resisted, and rebelled against imperial power, politics, and culture have played a long and important role in global history. Given how important empires and independence movements have been, it is not surprising we have a rich historical and literary heritage capturing how empires and freedom from imperial control have affected peoples, communities, and the world. The 2019 WHaLI symposium focused on these issues, using examples drawn from different historical times and areas of the world.

The World History and Literature Initiative’s (WHaLI) three-day conference for secondary teachers will focus on these issues using examples drawn from different historical times and areas of the world. In addition to helping teachers develop their knowledge and understanding of this Empires, imperial practices, independence movements and decolonization in world history and literature, the conference also illuminates challenges students face in learning such content and explores ways teachers might meet those challenges. WHaLI conference provides participants with relevant resources as well as lunch and refreshments. This year we will meet on December 6 (Friday), December 7 (Saturday) and December 14 (Saturday).