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Hamilton: Changing the Way We Learn History

History, But Cooler

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Are you tired of reading about the birth of the nation? Are those audio books not interactive enough for you? Well, on Saturday, April 14 at 2pm you can attend the interactive history lesson Hamilton: Changing the Way We Learn History at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Enjoy this free event and watch as teachers and teens use spoken word poetry, hip-hop and other forms of verbal artistry to recreate Ron Chernow's best-selling biography of Alexander Hamilton. Learn in an engaging and inventive way about our nation's past and discover why folks of all ages, races, religions and genders identify with and covet this musical. (Zabrina Chavez)

Saturday April 14, 2018

1701 Fourth Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508

Phone: 246-2261
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Kinsey Cooper

Phone: 505-377-8968
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Teachers and teens lead an interactive discussion about why Hamilton is a perfect tool for teaching history and how hip-hop and spoken word poetry engage people of all ages in learning history.

During this event, teachers and teens will lead an interactive discussion (with music, video and lyrics) about why the School Library Journal calls “Hamilton” a “‘darn near perfect’ teaching tool for history” and how rap, hip hop, spoken word poetry and other popular genres can newly engage young people (and the rest of us) in learning about historical events.

The radiating effects of “Hamilton,” the musical, are wide-ranging. The rap/hip hop lyrics have drawn young people to the story of Alexander Hamilton and the birth of a nation. The musical has made a bestseller (again) of Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton. Poetry-lovers are finding even more space for rap and hip hop in the narrative canon. And Lin Manuel Miranda has been launched into stardom, including a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award and a 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

“Hamilton” is also changing the way we understand history. “The primarily black and Hispanic cast reminds audiences that American history is not just the history of white people, and frequent allusions to slavery serve as constant reminders that just as the revolutionaries were fighting for their freedom, slaves were held in bondage” (The Atlantic, 2015). The musical also emphasizes the significant role that immigrants have played in the nation’s history.

This event will be facilitated by teens from Albuquerque High, teens and teachers from Bosque School, and the NHCC’s Director of History and Literary Arts Valerie Martínez.