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Published October 12, 2022

ASHP/CML will host a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded institute in Summer 2023 for 25 college and university teachers to study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath.  This sixth iteration of the institute will focus on the era’s array of visual media—including the fine arts, ephemera, photography, cartoons, maps, and monuments—to examine how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped views before, during, and after the conflict.

The two week institute, July 10-July 21, 2023, will include presentations by noted historians, art...Read more

Published August 23, 2022

This summer, ASHP/CML Executive Director was one of several scholars who shared reactions to the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson's Women's Health Organization. You can see these responses on the Graduate Center's news page.Read more

Published August 23, 2022

Anne Valk, a specialist in women’s history and public history, joined The Thought Project for a Pride Month conversation that touches on the curtailing of LGBTQ rights and of women’s rights by the Supreme Court and state legislators.  

Valk is a professor of History and director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a public historian, Valk focuses on the ways history is preserved and presented to people through monuments, museums, libraries, and more. Also a noted oral historian, she has written about the history of second-wave feminism and of racial segregation in the U.S. 

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Steve Brier: Building Public Education and Democratizing Our Many Pasts

A symposium to honor and explore Steve Brier’s many contributions to the Graduate Center and CUNY, his work and role shaping the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, Digital Humanities, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Program, and the School of Labor and Urban Studies.


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Published March 30, 2022

We are pleased to announce that ASHP has been awarded funding from the American Historical Association’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program, which provides relief to institutions adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 

The grant will allow us to add content to Social History for Every Classroom (SHEC), our widely-used online educational resource composed of primary sources, teaching activities, and interpretive essays for middle and high school classrooms. Over the next 12 months,...Read more

Published January 24, 2022

Congratulations to New Media Lab students Nicole Cote and Julia Fuller, recipients of the 2021 NYC Digital Humanities Graduate Student Digital Project Award. Three awards were given to graduate students attending any institution in New York City and the metropolitan area. The New Media Lab is proud to have supported two of this year’s recipients.

Nicole Cote, PhD student in English, received first place for her project, VisDepot: An Introductory Resource for Data Visualization. VisDepot is an open educational resource for those who want to learn data visualization. It will provide an introductory, curated, and vetted repository of...Read more

Published January 20, 2022

In 2020, ASHP/CML worked with the New York City Department of Education on a project to develop resources and lesson plans for their Hidden Voices program. Our work focused on incorporating significant LGBTQ+ people and events into the existing curriculum framework for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. The project was initiated to help students learn about and honor the innumerable people, often “hidden” from the traditional historical record, who have shaped and continue to shape our history and identity.

The project materials––including 20 lesson profiles on LGBTQ+ history and culture that ASHP worked with scholars and educators to plan, research, develop,...Read more

Published January 20, 2022

Applications are now open for our 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute "LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States." Thirty middle and high school teachers will be selected to view presentations by and interact with noted scholars of LGBTQ+ history, teachers, and archivists, as well as their colleagues. In addition, they will go “behind the scenes'' with curators and staff at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Leslie Lohman Museum, and New York Public Library. Due to continuing restrictions regarding face-to-face meetings, all institute sessions will be conducted remotely via Zoom.

The institute will be led by ASHP/CML Executive Director Dr. Anne Valk, along with history educators, Dr. Stacie...Read more