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Christopher Columbus: The Shame in the Glory (Grade levels 3-12)

Contrary to popular contemporary belief, Christopher Columbus was neither hero nor villain.  He was a product of his time just as you and I are products of our time.  Whether you like him or not, his voyages remain the most important of human history.  He made Pangea one again.  Hank’s research included two trips to Spain and two to the Dominican Republic.  He interviewed college professors who see Columbus very differently than how he is portrayed in western textbooks.  Hank’s goal is not to blame or justify the Admiral’s work.  Instead, Hank hopes to provide closure to an event that has led to five hundred years of misunderstandings.

Hank has recently added a 45-minute version that focuses mostly on the first voyage and its consequences, more appropriate for grade levels 3-5.

This program meets standards in Social Studies, U.S. History & Culture, World History & Culture.

Information to Know Before You Schedule a Program


30 students per workshop unless otherwise noted.
300 students per performance unless otherwise noted.


Double: Two performances, one right after the other.
Subsequent: Additional sessions on the same day in the same location.


45 minutes per workshops unless otherwise noted.
45 minutes per performances unless otherwise noted.


Arts for Learning is a not-for-profit organization. All of our artists are professional teaching artists who are paid for their time and talents.

The fees listed in this catalog represent approximately half of the actual cost of producing and delivering these programs to our community. These fees are subsidized through fundraising, grants, and donations and with support from many organizations, corporations and individuals.

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