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Reflections from 2022 Institute Participants

In July 2022, ASHP/CML hosted the first LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States summer institute for k-12 teachers. A year later, in May 2023, we organized virtual meetings with some of those teachers. In two separate roundtable discusssions, moderated by Dr.

Published December 6, 2023

The third episode of Making Queer History Public features interviews conducted in 2020 with educators and activists Dr. Lori Burns and Kate Okeson, who have been on the frontlines of preserving queer history and topics in our classrooms for years. Today, we will discuss their fight for New Jersey’s first inclusive education law. Hosted by veteran educator, Rachel Pitkin, we take a deep dive into what an inclusive education looks like and the efforts utilized by Lori and Kate to make this law a reality.

For this episode, we also interviewed Ashley Chiappano Riker, Safe Schools and Community Education...Read full description

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Application and Logistical Information

We're excited to learn of your interest in LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States. We will hold the workshop using a hybrid format, with a week of virtual presentations and discussions, followed by a week in New York City, with daily sessions at the Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, Manhattan) and several off-site trips to archives and libraries that can be accessed via subway. We also will plan a walking tour near Greenwich Village.

Published February 1, 2023

In the second episode of Making Queer History Public, we talk with psychotherapist, teacher, and activist, Michelle Esther O’Brien. We discuss the work Michelle has put in coordinating the NYC Trans Oral History Project, a community archive devoted to the collection, preservation and sharing of trans histories. Making Queer History Public is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant.

Learn more about the NYC Trans Oral History Project, and access their archive, here. Listen to an interview with Michelle O’Brien on oral history methodology here. You can find out more about Michelle’s work here, and support her on...Read full description

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Published January 12, 2023

In the first episode of Making Queer History Public, we talk with archivist, writer, and documentarian, Steven G. Fullwood, about his experiences archiving the lives of LGBTQ+ folks at the Schomburg Center. We also discuss the historical exclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in institutional archives and the work that people like Steven have done to bring their stories to light.

Learn more about the Nomadic Archivists Project here , and the In The Life Archives at the Schomburg Center (NYPL) here .

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2023 Schedule & Syllabus

Please note: All of the assigned readings are tentative.

Published October 12, 2022

The NML assists doctoral students from across academic disciplines to create digital projects or tools to support their scholarly research and teaching. Lab projects integrate digital technologies into traditional academic practice, challenging scholars to develop fresh questions in their respective fields using the tools of new technology. Visit the New Media Lab website to learn about upcoming meetings and for information about how to become involved.Read more

Published October 12, 2022

Rachel Pitkin is a first-year PhD student in History at the GC. Her current research interests include public and urban history, and history of women and gender in the twentieth century United States. Rachel comes to the GC with a background in education, and in teaching history/social studies. She holds an MA in Museum Studies and an MA in History, and she is a longtime volunteer at the LGBT Community Center National History Archives. As a Graduate Assistant during the fall 2022 semester, Rachel will support the ASHP/CML’s ongoing work to disseminate materials from the LGBTQ+ Histories of the United...Read more

Published October 12, 2022

In May, Director of Online Programs Peter Mabli presented Who Built America: The OER––ASHP/CML's upcoming free and publicly-accessible version of the WBA textbook with interactive charts and content from History Matters––at the National Council of Public History’s Annual Conference. His presentation was part of an online roundtable discussion among public historians who have created open educational resources, digital monographs and edited collections, and other digital publications. Other participants included representatives from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the Smithsonian, and the Universities of Maryland and Cincinnati.

The discussants outlined reasons for publishing...Read more