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Studs Terkel and Civil Rights

Bring the power of audio to your high school classroom!

To celebrate the launch of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, we are offering four free lesson plans for high school teachers and students based on Terkel’s legendary radio interviews. Terkel, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, spoke to notable personalities, activists, artists, and everyday people, sparking great conversations that live on to educate all of us.

To access our free lesson plans, just fill out the form below. You’ll be granted immediate access to lesson plans built around these outstanding and evocative interviews:

  • Interview with members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1962
  • Interview with Nathan Wright Jr., author of Black Power and Urban Unrest: Creative Possibilities, 1967
  • Interviews with Cesar Chavez, 1967, and Dolores Huerta, 1975
  • Interview with Mary Jean Collins-Robson, Jo Freeman, and Naomi Weisstein, women’s rights activists, 1970

If you would like to be part of our pilot program to help us assess the effectiveness of these materials, just indicate it on the form.

The Great Books Foundation created these lesson plans in partnership with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, WFMT Radio Network, and Chicago History Museum. We are proud to provide these units, which will empower your students to listen, read, write, and discuss critical civil rights issues.

Click here to visit the Studs Terkel Radio Archive and listen to dozens of interviews on civil rights, community activism and civil reform, anthropology and sociology, blues and gospel music, literature, and much more!

Studs Terkel Radio Archive Pilot Program

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