Looking at Ourselves: Malvina Hoffman, Developing Claims, & Critiquing Conclusions in the Social Studies Classroom

Investigating ArtiFACTs: Social Studies Professional Development at The Field

Join Learning Center staff and Field Museum anthropologist Alaka Wali to explore Looking at Ourselves. This exhibition, opened in 2015, is a reexamination of Malvina Hoffman’s incredible bronze sculptures, originally commissioned in the 1930s.  The original exhibition, The Races of Mankind, was an attempt to portray racial “types,” based on scientific thought that has since then been disproven.

In this workshop, we consider how to take lessons from the exhibition to the classroom. We will reflect on how social scientific knowledge is formed, how it can (and should) be critiqued, and how the social sciences impact the lives of ordinary people.

Join us as we pilot a new quarterly professional development series for teachers focused on inquiry and the social sciences. In this series, we will explore human civilizations, social emotional learning, and how the social scientists at The Field conduct their research.

  • October 8, 2016 - Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom: Exploring the C3 Framework through Ancient Civilizations
  • November 12, 2016 - Embedding Empathy in Academic Instruction
  • February 11, 2017 - Anthropology Everywhere: Incoporating Anthropology Across Disciplines
  • April 8, 2017 - Looking at Ourselves: Malvina Hoffman, Developing Claims & Critiquing Conclusions in the Social Studies Classroom

The workshops are open to all educators, formal (K-12) or informal.

At a Glance:

  • Free with pre-registration
  • Limited free parking available (first 10 registrants)
  • 2.5 Professional Development Clock Hours offered 


Additional Offerings

China, Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

March 3-4, 2017

Location: The Field Museum (Day 1), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Day 2)

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, in association with the Confucius Institute at the University of Illinois, The Field Museum, and the Center for Global Studies, is offering a two-day seminar for current and pre-service teachers in grades 5-12 and community colleges. This two-day seminar will focus on Chinese history and the role of China in contemporary society.

The first day will be spent at The Field Museum in Chicago, exploring Cyrus Tang Hall of China and learning inquiry-based instructional approaches using artifacts from museum collections. This session will be led by educational professionals at The Field Museum. The second day will be spent on the University of Illinois campus learning about China's place on the contemporary world stage. Teachers will be trained in how to use the Choices curriculum program from Brown University.

For more information, and to register, visit the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies website.