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National Youth Summit on the Dust Bowl

After very little rain and close to fifty 100 degree days this summer, I’m not sure I’m that interested in learning more about heat and dust.

But if the National Museum of American History says I should learn more, I suppose I should just go along.

Actually, the NHAM doesn’t have to drag me along on this one. For the last few years, the Museum has been hosting something they call a National Youth Summit. Last summer, it was the Freedom Rides. Next February, Abolition.

This fall? The Dust Bowl.

In the 1930s drought and intensive farming in the Great Plains brought about dust storms, crop failure, and human misery in one of the worst ecological disasters in America’s history.  The 2012 National Youth Summit will unpack this story and connect it with current issues of drought, agricultural sustainability, and national and global food security.

The Summit will feature segments from award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’s forthcoming film The Dust Bowl. Huffington Post science editor Cara Santa Maria will moderate a discussion with: Ken Burns, United States Department of Agriculture ecologist Debra Peters, and Glenn Roberts, farmer and owner of Anson Mills.

Panelists will take questions from students participating in the Summit, and offer their own perspectives on what history can teach us about our relationship with the environment.

Scheduled for October 17th, the Museum is hosting the Summit live and is making it available to you. All you’ve got to do is register. The cool thing is that you and your students have access to resources and experts without making that long commute to D.C.

You can find handy NHAM pre-session materials here. Access the PBS Dust Bowl website here.

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