Dr. Ralph Young is Professor of History (teaching/instructional) at Temple University. He has won several major teaching awards at Temple University including the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education, the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, and Honors Professor of the Year. He is the author of Dissent: The History of an American Idea, which is a narrative history of the United States from the standpoint of dissenters and protest movements. He is also the editor of Dissent in America: Voices That Shaped a Nation a compilation of 400 years of documents by American dissenters. He is the founder of the weekly campus-wide “teach-ins” at Temple University in which students and faculty examine the historical context of controversial contemporary issues. Dr. Young’s writings have appeared in such publications as The New England Quarterly, USA Today Magazine, the History News Network, and in blogs for the National Constitution Center and Salon; and he is frequently quoted by news organizations including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, Reuters, the Associated Press, and WHYY/National Public Radio. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist Fellowship to teach a seminar on Dissent in America at the University of Rome. He has also taught this seminar twice at Charles University in Prague. Previously he lived in Europe for ten years where he taught at the University of London in England as well as Bremen University in Germany. His recent book, Make Art Not War: Political Protest Posters from the Twentieth Century, was published by NYU Press in November 2016. During the summer of 2018 Dr. Young taught a seminar on protest music at Tübingen University, Germany, and spent a week at the Chautauqua Institution as the 2018 "Scholar in Residence" and also gave the Keynote Address at the historic Chautauqua Amphitheater to an audience of 3500 people.
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