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In The Studio: A Look At The New York Times' 1619 Project

Aug 30, 2019

From left to right: Fresno State history professors Blain Roberts and Ethan Kytle, moderator Kathleen Schock and educator Dottie Smith took part in the discussion. Bakersfield College English professor Paula Parks participated by phone.
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Earlier this month The New York Times Magazine marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the shores of Virginia with “The 1619 Project.” This collection of essays, photographs and poetry explores how slavery, and its aftermath, continue to shape the nation. Moderator Kathleen Schock got reaction to the project from Dr. Paula Parks, professor of English at Bakersfield College, Drs. Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts, professors of history at Fresno State, and Dorothy Smith, a retired educator and community activist.

Bakersfield English professor Paula Parks.
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