LLILAS Collaborates on "15 Minute History" Podcast
Posted: January 14, 2013
Texas teachers can learn about Latin America in a podcast series devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in history. 15 Minute History is a joint project of Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at UT, and the History Department’s Not Even Past website.
Hemispheres and Not Even Past, a website with articles on a wide variety of historical issues, launched 15 Minute History in fall 2012 to address key issues in world history and U.S. history courses. 15 Minute History is a free podcast that features the minds and talent of the University of Texas at Austin, with award-winning faculty, graduate students, and outreach staff providing quick primers on a variety of subjects. Each episode is drawn directly from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for World History and U.S. History and is accompanied by primary documents and suggested resources for further reading and research.
As a founding member of Hemispheres, LLILAS has been working closely with Texas teachers for more than a decade. Natalie Arsenault, Director of Public Engagement at LLILAS, states, “Our K–12 programming is a result of regular feedback from teachers. 15 Minute History was inspired by conversations at Hemispheres’s on-site district trainings and campus workshops. We’ve repeatedly heard from world history teachers about their concerns in preparing students for the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). They needed both background content for their own understanding and teaching resources for the classroom. We wanted to find a way to deliver those materials that would be convenient and accessible.”
Although the topics were chosen with teaching standards in mind, the podcasts can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in history. Each podcast is accompanied by documents and readings related to the topic for people who want to learn more about the topic.
Early episodes focus on the following topics: the February Revolution of 1917; Islamic Extremism in the Modern World; the Scramble for Africa; Perspectives of the Founding Fathers; Mapping Perspectives of the Mexican-American War; Effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade on the Americas; and Russia’s October 1917 Revolution. A new episode is released each week, with forthcoming Latin America–focused episodes on the building of the Panama Canal and the Haitian Revolution.