2017-18 Roving Scholar for Upper Secondary Schools, Ruth Fairbanks

Special Collections ISUWorkshops for students and teachers

E-mail: hs.rover@fulbright.no
Phone: +47 471 75 090

Ruth Fairbanks teaches gender studies and US history at Indiana State University. She has also taught math in middle school, art and Spanish at elementary school summer camps, and English in a Chilean preschool.

Ruth is delighted with the opportunity to teach interactive lessons on American history topics to Norwegian students, to discuss pedagogy with Norwegian teachers and to spend a year without grading. She will teach Norwegian students about American history through role-playing games, talk shows, reader’s theater, poetry, hit musicals and primary sources. Workshops for teachers include discussion techniques or current topics in American education.

Currently working on a book on American maternity policy from 1940 to 1993, Ruth’s teaching interests include women’s history, immigration history, labor history, utopian communities and social movements. From the perspective of a teacher and a parent, Ruth is also interested in recent changes in the American education system at both public school and university level and looks forward to discussing these with Norwegian teachers as well as sharing some pedagogical approaches to teaching history.

Click here for a Google map that shows where Ruth has set up visits so far. We encourage teachers to coordinate visits with other schools in the same area.