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Educator's workshop on immigration and identity planned at Westport Playhouse

Published 5:12 pm, Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Westport Country Playhouse will host a free workshop for area educators, "Immigration, Marginalization, and the Perception of Identity: A Professional Development Workshop Inspired by the Play `Intimate Apparel,' " on Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves.

Through case studies and video documentation, the workshop will explore the ways that individuals, groups, and societies constructed and understood distinct identities in the early 1900s, and how these understandings of identity impacted access to the American Dream.

The workshop will use "Intimate Apparel" to help teachers explore classroom techniques and resources on issues including turn-of-the-century labor history, migration and immigration, women's studies, African-American history, and class relations.

"Intimate Apparel," by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, will be produced by the Playhouse in the fall.

Leading the workshop is Karen Scher, program associate for Facing History and Ourselves, an educational nonprofit that offers professional development and ongoing support for teachers. Scher works with teachers to develop multidisciplinary approaches to help students gain historical understanding, build critical thinking skills, and increase their capacity for making ethical choices.

Workshops are open to all area educators by advance registration, but space is limited. Dinner is provided.

To register, email Angela Marroy Boerger, director of education, at aboerger@westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.