The 1619 Project (New York Times)

What recommendations do you have for other facilitators who are using "The 1619 Project"? Consider sharing additional resources you found helpful, activities that worked particularly well, and some reflections on who this course is best suited for. For more information, see this course on P2PU’s course page.

Our colleague @Ulonda_Slaughter developed a facilitation guide for running this as a learning circle.

The Pulitzer Center has also developed a number of (free) curricular resources for teaching the 1619 Project.

For more context, review our resources for activism and anti-racism education.

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This course received a 5 star rating from a learning circle participant!

What did you hope to achieve when you joined this learning circle?
I hoped to engage with the systemic issues raised by the essays published in 1619.

To what extent did you achieve this?
5

Is there anything else that you learned or achieved during the learning circle?
It was a very powerful experience to hear the personal stories of other members of the learning circle. It made the need to take actions, personal and political, feel all the more urgent.

Do you feel more confident about what you just learned in The 1619 Project ?
5

How do you intend to apply what you learned?
I intend to encourage others to engage with this text, participate in similar forums around systemic racism in our country, and bring what I learned into conversation as well as my everyday actions.

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
5

Why did you give the course 5 star/stars?
There were many difficult issues touched on and I felt that the course was a safe and open forum for our discussions. Everyone had a chance to reflect on the text, but also branch out. While there was a focus in each session, it was also conducive to bringing in other relevant content or sharing personal experiences.

How likely are you to recommend participating in a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
5

Why?
There are not many forums where people with diverse perspectives and experiences can come together and openly discuss the critical issues of race. The 1619 Learning Circle was an important opportunity for me as a white, Jewish woman to hear and process the everyday challenges of Black people in our country.

This course received a 5 star rating from a learning circle participant!

What did you hope to achieve when you joined this learning circle?
to find different ways to support Black lives and to learn about the history of slavery in America

To what extent did you achieve this?
5

Is there anything else that you learned or achieved during the learning circle?
We developed an intimate space where people could speak openly and honestly.

Do you feel more confident about what you just learned in The 1619 Project ?
5

How do you intend to apply what you learned?
Have difficult conversations with people about the impact of slavery and the legacy it still holds today. We need to keep this country accountable and hold it to the truth. I can call out people for their problematic or racist remarks and discuss how this ideology has grander negative ramifications.

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
5

Why did you give the course 5 star/stars?
We had a good mix of sharing about our personal lives/beliefs and discussing the articles. It felt like the conversations were well-rounded.

How likely are you to recommend participating in a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
5

Why?
I deeply enjoyed my experience reading the articles, learning from the others in the group, and feeling connected and engaged with the community.

This course received a 5 star review from a participant!

What did you hope to achieve when you joined this learning circle?
To learn more about African-American history and talk about racism and ways to combat it in this country

To what extent did you achieve this?
5

Is there anything else that you learned or achieved during the learning circle?
Hearing other people’s perspectives and experiences, learning A LOT about myself in the process, deepening my understanding of how deeply systemic racism is in the

Do you feel more confident about what you just learned in The 1619 Project ?
5

How do you intend to apply what you learned?
Continue to learn more, talk about this group and the Project to other people, be an ally in my everyday life to the best of my ability, continue to work for change in this country

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
5

Why did you give the course 5 star/stars?
It fulfilled what I hoped it would fulfill, the moderators were great, the time was used well, people were respectful, it changed me!

How likely are you to recommend participating in a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
5

Why?
For all the reasons I gave this five stars!

This course received a 5 star rating from a participant!

Is there anything else that you learned or achieved during the learning circle?
I learned more about the legacy of the American slavery system in aspects of modern American society. The financial sophistication of the institution of slavery was not something I have read about.

Do you feel more confident about what you just learned in The 1619 Project ?
3

How do you intend to apply what you learned?
I start conversations on topics from the class.

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
5

Why did you give the course 5 star/stars?
Compelling content. Ideal amount of material for each class.

How likely are you to recommend participating in a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
5

Why?
It’s a great way to learn!

course
The 1619 Project

This course received a 5 star rating from a facilitator!

Did anything about the learning circle surprise you?
I was surprised by how comfortable it was to discuss these difficult subjects with this group

About how many people showed up for the first meeting?
10

About how many people showed up for the second meeting?
9

About how many people showed up for the last meeting?
9

How well did the online course work as a learning circle?
5

Why did you give the course 5 star(s)?
I felt this was a really productive learning circle and we all learned a lot from both the readings and discussions with each other. We were able to work collaboratively to determine the direction of the conversations and provided an environment where participants felt comfortable sharing their personal experiences and observations without feeling judged or criticized, which was very helpful in building a more rich conversation, and allowed us to connect with each other in ways we might not have without this opportunity.

How likely are you to recommend facilitating a learning circle to a friend or colleague?
4

Why?
Learning circles provide people with opportunities to rethink how people learn and work together. I believe what made this learning circle so exciting for folks was the collaborative aspects, and because of that it was recommended that the same group continue to meet once a month to continue to further these discussions while looking at new topics. The participants learned a lot (and so did I as facilitator!) and want to continue to learn together.

course
The 1619 Project

goal
To engage in meaningful discussion about selected articles from the 1619 Project in attempts to better understand the relationship between chattel slavery and the building and maintaining of US American institutions.