LAHS launches inaugural History Week

Photo By: Courtesy of Marion Robertson
Photo Courtesy Of Marion Robertson

Los Altos High School student Lora Maslenitzyna designed a poster, left, to promote the school’s inaugural History Week, scheduled Monday through Jan. 18. The poster, created to highlight History Week’s theme of “Rights for All,” features a raised fist against a background of names of prominent civil rights activists.

Los Altos High School students will have the opportunity to learn from scholars and experts in history and civics during the school’s inaugural History Week, scheduled Monday through Jan. 18.

Legal scholars from Stanford and Santa Clara universities, a Forbes Magazine contributor, experts in human trafficking and a retired U.S. District judge and former chief counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Mississippi are among the more than 20 visiting speakers slated to appear.

The program follows the models of the school’s popular and long-running STEM and Writers weeks.

School faculty and parent volunteers organized the presentations for students around the theme “Rights for All.” Speakers, films and workshops will address an array of human- rights-related topics, from Japanese internment during World War II to the American civil rights movement, current Internet privacy protections and the social impact of women’s portrayal in the media.

A program open to the community is scheduled 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in Los Altos High’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave. The event includes a free screening of the film “Mississippi Burning,” followed by a panel discussion featuring the Hon. James Robertson, retired U.S. District judge for the District of Columbia and chief counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Lee Rubin, attorney and former prosecutor for the Department of Justice.

“Mississippi Burning” dramatizes the FBI’s investigation into the murder of three young civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. The panel discussion will address the events in the film against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and more recent challenges to civil rights in the United States.

During History Week, Professor Eric Goldman, Forbes Magazine blogger and director of the High Tech Law Institute at the Santa Clara University School of Law, will speak to students about social media and Internet commerce privacy rights.

Students will also view excerpts from the film “Miss Representation,” followed by comments from Stanford Law School Professor Deborah Rhode and Laraine Zappert, Ph.D., clinical professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and founder of Stanford’s Sexual Harassment Policy Office.

Dr. Milt McColl, former San Francisco 49er and CEO of Gauss Surgical Inc., and Dr. George Thabit, orthopedic surgeon and former 49ers team doctor, will discuss the history and current state of student athletes’ rights.

Other presentations, films and panel discussions will examine human rights threats such as human trafficking, domestic abuse and bullying, as well as outline strategies for safe bystander intervention.

Principal Wynne Satterwhite, instructors Dee Dee Pearce and Mike Messner, and parent volunteers Marion and Steve Robertson, Dr. Katherine Williams, Cindy McColl and Dr. Patty Einarson contributed to implementing the inaugural History Week.

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