April 15, 2019 – Dr. Ngozi Onuora, associate professor of education at Millikin University, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “The Civil War in American Memory.”
From a pool of 51 highly competitive nominations, Dr. Onuora is one of 25 faculty members selected to participate in the seminar, which will be held June 23–27, 2019, at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
In announcing the selection of participants, CIC President Richard Ekman said, “Strengthening the teaching of American history at colleges and universities is of critical importance to maintaining informed citizen participation in a democracy. The Civil War has been used—and misused—to bolster contemporary arguments about conflict resolution, race, and the role of America in the world. The seminar will provide participating faculty members with unusual insight into the selective public memory through the years about America’s defining event, the Civil War. Participants in the seminar will be better prepared to teach a new generation of students how to understand major social and political issues of today in light of history, the different perspectives in different eras, and recent debates over Civil War monuments and symbols. We believe that Dr. Onuora will play a strong role in the seminar.”
“Dr. Onuora’s selection for the CIC American History Seminar is a wonderful opportunity for her to connect with a very select group of peers from across the nation, and it is a tribute to the outstanding work she has done and continues to do as a teacher and scholar,” said Millikin Provost Dr. Jeff Aper. “Her work in the School of Education transcends traditional Teacher Education curriculum, as she has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to reach across disciplinary lines to lend remarkable depth and breadth to her teaching and scholarship related to literacy and pedagogy, especially in work with underrepresented populations.”
Dr. Aper added, “Dr. Onuora draws from fields like Education, History, and Literature to find new and very effective ways to advance our understanding of and effectiveness in preparing teachers, engaging communities and advancing the mission of the university as a dynamic, living set of commitments to our students and the larger world. I am very glad and proud about her selection for participation in this experience and know she will make the most it, both professionally for herself, and as a source of information, inspiration and opportunity for the rest of us based on all she’ll bring back with her from the seminar.”