The Challenge of History: How Historians Challenge the Misuse of the Past with Jason Ridler, PhD

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Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: The Challenge of History: How Historians Challenge the Misuse of the Past

Course Instructor: Jason Ridler, PhD

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June 21, 2023 - July 26, 2023 (6 sessions) 

Thursday, 1 PM ET

Virtual via Zoom


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Historians must always be ready to challenge those who misuse the past, no matter who the adversary. Because history is not boring. History is power- and that is why bad actors want it to legitimize everything from self-help products to ideologies. In The Challenge of History, students will learn the techniques historians use to ferret out and challenge the misuse of history- ranging from conspiracy theories and academic crimes to darker adversaries like Holocaust Deniers.


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ABOUT Jason Ridler
Historian | Learning and Development Expert | Teaching Fellow

Historian, Jay Ridler, traded in the glory of punk rock obscurity and cemetery grounds keeping for a doctorate in 2009. He now teaches classes on war and historical thinking for Johns Hopkins University and has been the creative writing teacher for the Google Arts: Theater program since 2017. He also writes and publishes novels, short stories, and even essays on pro wrestling – which is why New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Reynolds calls Jay “the Swiss Army knife of teaching, writing, and history.” Check out his website for details on classes, storytelling workshops for business and the tech industry, and private coaching.

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 Event Date
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
1:00pm EDT

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
3:00pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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