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Published November 5, 2018

The Tamiment Library will host a memorial event for the late historian Jesse Lemisch. Following an hour’s worth of scheduled speeches, time will be allowed for attendees to add memories and comments of their own, followed by informal socializing with refreshments.

Scheduled speakers include several important figures who knew Lemisch both as an important radical intellectual and as a longtime friend: Staughton Lynd, another influential figure in the emergence of New Left history (he will speak via Skype); Marcus Rediker, author of several history books that reflect Lemisch’s concern with “history from below”; and Ann Gordon, director of the Stanton-Anthony Papers...Read more

Published September 24, 2018

In August 2018, Executive Director Josh Brown began a leave of absence from ASHP/CML preparatory to retiring in 2019. Josh started working at ASHP at its inception in 1981, first as art director/creative director, lending his expertise in social history, visual culture, and illustration to the creation of the two-volume textbook Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History, the accompanying award-winning documentary series, and succeeding CD-ROMs—as well as ASHP’s many digital, online, and professional development projects. Taking on the role of executive director in 1998 and joining the Graduate Center’s History faculty in 2003, Josh has been an NEH,...Read more

Published September 18, 2018

During two weeks this past July, the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning held our fourth National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. “The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath” institute was hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center and three New York City cultural institutions (New York Public Library, New-York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Attended by twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars selected from colleges, universities, and museums across the country, the institute featured presentations, discussions, visits to local archives and museums, and hands-on workshops that focused on the era’s visual...Read more

Published September 14, 2018

In partnership with The Gotham Center for New York City History and the CUNY Public History Collective, ASHP is hosting a series of public programs titled Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation. The series brings together historians, art historians, community activists, and artists to discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments and memorials and to engage with audiences about the often controversial histories represented.

ASHP held the first event, Monuments as: History / Art / Power on June 13, 2018. The panel presented a case study of the former J. Marion Sims monument...Read more

Published September 14, 2018

In June 2018, the Mission US team — Electric Funstuff , WNET/Thirteen, the American Social History Project, and Education Development Center — received funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) to create a new groundbreaking series, Mission US: Time Snap. Building on a successful Phase I grant for prototype development and classroom testing, Time Snap combines new virtual reality (VR) technology with rigorous document-based instruction to explore how VR can support high school students in the work of “doing history.”

After decades of experimentation, VR is transporting audiences to normally out-of-reach places, allowing them to grapple...Read more

Published September 14, 2018

First launched in 2010, Mission US has more than 2 million registered users, including 80,000 teachers. However, since the first games were built in Flash – a format that will be phased out by 2020 – they will become unplayable within two years unless they are rebuilt using newer technology. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we have rebuilt the first mission, For Crown or Colony in the Unity gaming platform and it will be released this fall. The work has gone beyond just updating old technology – revitalization enabled us to update content to deepen learning...Read more

Published September 10, 2018

Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation is a series of public programs in which historians, art historians, community activists, and artists will discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments and memorials across the country and in New York City.
 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 7-9 PM
Martin Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave. (34th St) 
Published June 7, 2018
Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation is a series of public programs in which historians, art historians, community activists, and artists will discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments and memorials across the country and in New York City.
 
Monuments as: History | Art | Power
 
 
Wednesday, June 13th, 6-8PM
Martin Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave. (34th St)
 
Harriet Senie, Professor of Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY
Deirdre Cooper Owens, Assistant Professor of History,...Read more
Published December 18, 2017

Next July, the American Social History Project will once again host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath. 

The fourth iteration of our institute will focus on the Civil War era's array of visual media--including prints, photographs, cartoons, illustrated newspapers and magazines, maps, ephemera, and the fine arts—to examine how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans' understanding, North and South, free and enslaved. Guided by a team of three faculty that represents the...Read more

Published October 4, 2017

Over the past year ASHP staff have been working with 14 faculty members from Reading Area Community College to assist them in incorporating Latino History and culture into their courses. As an outgrowth of ASHP's Bridging Historias program, the Conexiones program featured presentations by leading Latino history scholars Virginia Sánchez-Korrol, Lori Flores, and Pablo Mitchell. Faculty participated in pedagogy workshops, online reading discussions, and a full day seminar in October in New York City where they met with curators and directors of Latino cultural institutions, including the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College, the Dominican Studies...Read more

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