American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Learning to Look Faculty Development Program — Call for Participants

Published March 24, 2011

This summer a number of ASHP/CML Learning to Look (LtL) new media and pedagogy centers will conduct weeklong institutes on teaching with visual sources, followed by workshops and online communication throughout the year. As in previous summers, each LtL center will focus on ways that visual sources and new media pedagogy can enhance the teaching of various eras, subjects, and themes in U.S. history. Centers will also collaborate with local art and historical institutions to support broader goals and methods for teaching and learning about the past.

Learning to Look teachers participate in a workshop
Learning to Look teachers discuss visual art and object observation techniques for the humanities classroom.

Providing a mix of presentation, demonstration, and hands-on work, participants will engage with such topics as how to teach the Gilded Age using paintings and illustrations from the 1870s and looking at the Great Depression through New Deal murals. Interactive learner guides from ASHP/CML and the Center for History and New Media

(GMU)’s History Matters Web site will be introduced as teacher-friendly tools for interpreting evidence, featuring methods for examining photographs, letters and diaries, films, advertisements, and other online archival resources.

Launched in 2002 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Learning to Look: Visual Evidence and the U.S. Past in the New Media Classroom involves a broad range of participants — teachers of U.S. history and culture, art historians, museum educators, and archivists — in an interdisciplinary conversation about visual evidence and the study, interpretation, and representation of the U.S. past.

Some centers are still accepting applications through June 2004. Go to for a list of center locations and contact information or email Donna Thompson Ray, project director:

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