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Published October 2, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Anne Valk has been named to succeed Dr. Joshua Brown as ASHP/CML’s new executive director and as a professor of history with a focus on public history at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Valk brings to her new position extensive expertise in oral history and digital media projects as well as years of public humanities administrative experience, most recently at Williams College. Altogether they reflect her innovative ideas, commitment to public history, and ability to incorporate public history into graduate education. Her published works have focused on U.S. women's and social history, including...Read more

Published September 4, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Mission US series has been selected as a 2020 “Teacher’s Choice Award for the Classroom” by The Education Center Media Group.  For over 45 years, The Education Center has been bringing influential teachers and organizations together through a host of pedagogical resources and materials. The "Teacher’s Choice Awards" are a prestigious collection of innovative classroom-tested products recommended by teachers currently in the field. The 2020 awards were announced on September 1 and will be available to view on their website later this fall.

As lead historical content developers on all five completed and two...Read more

Published September 3, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the office of the President of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice has awarded ASHP a grant of $150,000 for Who Built America? The Open Educational Resource (WBA? OER).  The grant will be used to clear rights for twentieth- and twenty-first century visual, audio, and text primary sources; develop interactive maps and charts; and supplement the National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities grant we received for the project in January 2019.

The Ford Foundation supported the Who Built America? project at its origin, and this grant will allow the textbook and rich teaching materials to reach a...Read more

Published August 29, 2019

Did you know that American Social History Project Podcast (ASHP Podcast) has published over eighty episodes? With topics ranging from slavery and anti-slavery imagery to women’s history and women’s activism, and to border, immigration and citizenship, ASHP Podcast has presented subjects of interest to teachers and the public.

Our podcast is drawn from ASHP’s public seminars and professional development programs with scholars, activists, and educators working in social and public history.  In the latest podcast, humanities scholar Maryanne Trasciatti (Hofstra University) shares the work of the Remembering the Triangle Fire Coalition, which is leading the effort to...Read more

Published August 29, 2019

ASHP has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to host a two-week institute for college and university faculty in July 2020 on the visual media of the American Civil War and its aftermath. The institute (in its fifth iteration) will expand study on the ways the war was recorded and remembered through an array of visual media -- including the fine arts, photography, cartoons, prints -- and a range of “ephemeral” pictorial items and publications. Institute participants will work with leading scholars in the field and take part in hands-on workshops in local museums and archives....Read more

Published June 12, 2019

All ten of our award-winning documentaries are now available to stream for free and with closed-captioning. These accessible and exciting 30-minute programs explore the central role of working women and men in U.S. history, and have withstood the test of time by continuing to engage students in middle school through college level classes. Each documentary has a downloadable Viewer’s Guide that is written for student readers. It introduces the main topics, events, and composite characters that help to dramatize the historical themes in many of the programs. The streaming pages also help facilitate active-viewing strategies in the classroom by...Read more

Published January 29, 2019

Over the past year ASHP staff have been working with faculty members from Bronx Community College CUNY to assist them in incorporating Latino history and culture into their courses and encouraging them to develop learning community clusters focused on Latino content.  In December, Presente: Latino-Centered Learning Communities, hosted a closing event open to all BCC faculty where instructors shared their work and personal reflections on their experience of expanding their curriculum. Participating faculty represented a range of disciplines and highlighted their desire to advance various skills such as critical reading, active viewing, community engagement, and storytelling as part their exploration of Latino themes. Some...Read more

Published January 29, 2019

Join us Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm for a public event, Monuments of the Future: Alternate Approaches, which will be held in the Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. This panel and discussion will present physical and virtual alternatives to monument creation that use a variety of media to promote public dialogue about how and what we remember. Panelists include Kubi Ackerman, director of the "Future City Lab" at the Museum of the City of New York; Marisa Williamson, artist and creator of “Sweet Chariot: The Long Journey to Freedom Through Time; Ken Lum, co-curator of "Monument Lab: A Public...Read more

Published January 17, 2019

Julian Ehsan joined ASHP/CML in October 2018 as a college assistant, providing administrative and podcast production support to the Project's staff. He has previously worked in local and state politics, interning for a councilwoman, an alderman, and a state treasurer. A graduate of New York University, Julian received a B.A. in History and Metropolitan Studies, focusing on the intersections of race, class, and gender in United States culture, as well as the nefarious forces of capitalism and austerity politics in the formation of unfair and unequal cities. He hails from Chicago, but for the past four years has called New...Read more

Published January 17, 2019

Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History will soon become an updated, completely free, open education resource (OER) finalizing a 38-year process of making social history accessible to the broad public thanks to a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.

ASHP will work in partnership with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media to combine the 2-volume textbook with ASHP’s varied multimedia teaching resources including the ten 30-minute documentaries, “excursions” from the Who Built America? CD-ROMs and the website History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. The project...Read more

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