American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Report on the Learning to Look National Leadership Institute

Published March 24, 2011

In July ASHP/CML launched the latest phase of its influential teaching-with-technology faculty development program, the New Media Classroom. Funded by NEH, “Learning to Look: Visual Evidence and the U.S. Past in the New Media Classroom” started as a one-week institute at the CUNY Graduate Center involving the directors of ten affiliated “regional centers” from Washington state to Massachusetts for hands-on study, application, and reflection on critical use of online archival images in teaching history and related humanities courses. Noted scholars of U.S. history and American Studies also took part, updating participants on ways visual resources reveal information about different historical eras and themes. The year-long program features such activities as surveying and evaluating image archives found on the World Wide Web and CD-ROMs; building collaborations between art and cultural institutions; and preparation of curricular models that use visual sources to enhance student understanding of the past. In summer 2003, each Regional Center will coordinate a one-week institute based on the national model. For more information on Learning to Look, go to:, or contact: Donna Thompson:

National faculty representing 10 New Media Classroom-Learning to Look centers.
National faculty representing 10 New Media Classroom-Learning to Look centers. Last row -- Anne Bailey (Spelman College); Joseph Wilson (Brooklyn College, CUNY Grad. Ctr for Worker Education); Lauren Mucciolo (ASHP/CML); Tommy Holton (Dillard University); Leila Rivard (Mott Middle College); Bill Condon (Washington State University); John McClymer (Assumption College); John Calgione (City College Center for Worker Education)
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