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A Collaborative Effort in Rethinking History

Staff Profiles

We are a group of students at Teachers College, Columbia University, who are dedicated to using history as way to empower, engage, and inspire urban youth. The Youth Historians initiative is a collective effort between the project directors and instructors, and the students, who are not only passionate about history and youth participatory action research, but social justice and re-thinking the way in which educators--and researchers at large--conceptualize history pedagogy and historical thinking.

Barry Goldenberg | Founder & Director


Barry Goldenberg is currently a Doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University in the History and Education program in the Department of Arts and Humanities. In addition, Barry serves as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) where is research interests explore how innovative history experiences and public history can be used to both empower and improve the academic literacies of traditionally marginalized youth.
His self-published book, entitled The Unknown Architects of Civil Rights (Critical Minds Press), is currently available on and in libraries including the Library of Congress. In addition, Barry has been has been featured on the Harlem World Magazine Radio Show and previously served as an Intern for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA). Finally, Barry has spent time abroad teaching and working with students from impoverished townships in Cape Town, South Africa. In his free time, Barry teaches classes on health and fitness with the National College of Exercise Professionals (NCEP).


Barry holds a B.A. in History (highest departmental honors), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). You can find Barry's personal website and blog at
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