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Princeton’s Global History Lab receives grant to expand open-access virtual classroom for students worldwide, including refugee and migrant learners

Through a series of courses taught in conjunction with a worldwide network of partner institutions, Princeton’s Global History Lab (GHL) aims to foster truly global conversations among learners hailing from diverse backgrounds. Pictured: A student in the InZone Learning Hub located in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya participates in the open-access, online course “A History of the World,” also offered as an undergraduate history course at Princeton, taught by GHL founder Jeremy Adelman, the Henry Charles Lea Pr
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

By Pooja Makhijani, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton’s Global History Lab (GHL) is continuing to partner with a worldwide network of universities and NGOs to teach history in these challenging times. Through a series of courses taught in conjunction with these partner institutions, as well as a vibrant program of workshops, conferences and research projects, GHL aims to foster truly global conversations, not only among academics, but also among learners hailing from diverse backgrounds.

Since 2012, GHL has offered its flagship online, open-access course, “A History of the World,” to learners around the world.The course situates the study of global history in a global classroom, encouraging students to learn from and through interactions with peers near and far. Among those peers are refugee and migrant learners in Africa, Europe and the Middle East — making the course an innovative experiment in humanitarian higher education, and fulfilling Princeton’s commitment to be “in the service of humanity.”

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