Teach & Discuss
America Redux is meant to be just the beginning—of conversation, of art, of action. Whether you're a high school teacher, college professor, librarian, book club host, literary center, or local history museum, Ariel's visual storytelling can be used as a basis for arts & writing workshops, discussions, and explorations of all kinds.
AMERICA REDUX is a collection of interwoven stories that invite dynamic, critical engagement with our nation's complex histories. Aberg-Riger's visual storytelling disrupts traditional linear thinking and teaching of histories that allows for many different points of entry and engagement. To support educators we've created a robust guide as a companion to the book written by scholar/teacher shea wesley martin.
Looking for chapter-related resources?
Browse source material chapter by chapter—including interactive databases of every image in the book!
Workshops with Ariel
Ariel gives talks and leads workshops for young people and adults about visual storytelling, both virtually and in-person. Scroll to see sample descriptions as well as case studies of groups she's worked with.
How Visual Storytelling Makes History Come Alive
In this hands-on talk, students will explore examples of visual storytelling from drawn journalism, to illustrated letters, to picture books, and learn why visual storytelling is an especially powerful tool for engaging with and learning about history. Learn how to access visual source material at public archives & collections, as well as get a behind the scenes look at how America Redux was researched and created.
Great for everyone from classes to book clubs to arts centers
Workshop: Using Visuals to Warm Up Your Words
A blank page can be intimidating! In this workshop, we’ll learn how to get our pencils moving by using visuals to warm up our words. This multi-sensory workshop will use music, drawing, and collage to back into writing through a series of fun exercises. At the end of the workshop, students will gather up everything they’ve made and turn it into a zine they can take home and keep creating into.
Great for writing centric classes - Social Studies/English, or creative writing
Workshop: Collaging the Archives
Historical images can often feel distant and disconnected from the present—black and white, overly formal, tucked away inside rigid little rectangles. In this workshop we’ll connect with historical images by getting hands on—breaking the frame, cutting things apart, and collaging the past into the present. We'll learn how to find source material in digital archives, and collage it into visual stories either digitally or physically.
Great for art-centered classes—visual arts, photography
What students are saying
"I like to journal and collage in my free time, and looking at similarly-styled work inspired me to create. That is the best feeling...the format was very easy to understand. My brain actually absorbed the information."
High school student
Creating Visual Stories
Ariel worked with undergraduate advanced photography students at Buffalo State University to read chapters from the book and create visual stories in response.
"Ariel's thoroughly researched visual stories provide perspective and insight that spark my students’ academic curiosity."
—Alan Duffy, High School Teacher
Ariel worked with high school students at the Just Buffalo Literary Center to read a chapter from the book and collage a visual poem in response.
"I love it because it's kind of like looking at a documentary film but it's also a book."
—High school student during a workshop