The Dark Side of Sugar: Slavery, Indentured Labor, and Race Relations


A teacher workshop for middle and high school teachers, organized by the UW-Madison African Studies Program, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, and Center for South Asia.


Dates: Monday July 8th, 2-5.30pm; Tuesday, July 9th, 9-5pm.

Location: Madison College, Truax campus

Confirmed presenters: Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Professor of History and Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison;  Kaleem Caire, Founder of One City Early Learning Centers and community activist; Licho Lopez, Lecturer, Social Transformations and Educational Research Hub at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education; and Valentina Peguero, Professor Emerita in the Department of History at UW-Stevens Point.

Event Description: This teacher training workshop, designed for middle and high-school teachers, will address how to discuss race in the contemporary classroom. Through the lens of the history of sugar, we will talk about slavery in the United States and indentured labor in the Caribbean, while reflecting on how these complex and traumatic histories continue to have an impact today. In addition to historical overviews presented by UW-Madison faculty and staff, this 1.5 day workshop will include sessions by local activists and community members whose work specifically addresses race relations in Madison and beyond, as well as a curriculum planning session with a leading critical race and curriculum-development specialist. ‘The Dark Side of Sugar’ workshop will provide a safe space for teachers to learn, reflect, and plan, but also to discuss strategies for classroom management when teaching about such a sensitive subject.

Workshop Resources

Sugar Workshop Itinerary

Peguero-Teaching the Haitian Revolution