Contested Commemorations with Jessica Gobran —A Dialogue 1

By Astrid Kendrick & David Scott

This podcast series is a conversation between Jessica Gobran, a pre-service teacher from the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education and nine leading education scholars on the role of social studies and history educators in current debates regarding commemorations emerging across the world. This first episode dives into the ideas and themes surrounding these debates including the current political climate and nature of these debates, the role of stories, myth and truth, and Indigenous wisdom as a way forward to guide educators in their work. Throughout the podcast, Jessica discusses the relationship between these ideas and her own Coptic Egyptian and Canadian identities.

Scholars featured in this episode include: Dr. Ehaab Abdou, Dr. Samantha Cutrara, Dr. Kent den Heyer, Dr. Dwayne Donald, PhD candidate Raphaël Gani, Dr. Lindsay Gibson, Dr. Bryan Smith, and Dr. Cathryn van Kessel

Thank you to the University of Calgary’s Program for Undergraduate Work Experience (PURE) for funding the initial stages of this study, and for Dr. David Scott’s supervision and support of this initiative.