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Published March 30, 2011

The complete set of ten ASHP/CML Who Built America? documentaries is now available on DVD, covering significant themes in U.S. social history from the American Revolution through the interwar years of the twentieth century. Each DVD is broken into thematic chapters to allow easy selection of excerpts for teaching.

To mark the introduction of the new format, we have lowered the price for all our documentaries and instituted credit card purchases through Paypal. Series One programs (The Big H, Tea Party Etiquette, Daughters of Free Men, Doing As They Can, Five Points, Dr. Toer’s Amazing Magic Lantern Show) are now...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

In June 2006, ASHP/CML received a new Teaching American History grant, the fifth for which it designed the program and will act as lead partner. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Teaching American History program aims to improve teachers’ and students’ U.S. history knowledge, and their skill in working with primary documents in key areas of the U.S. history curriculum. In this three-year program, ASHP/CML will work with middle and high school teachers in Region 7 of the New York City public school system, which encompasses schools in Staten Island and Brooklyn. We will continue to work with...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

This November the New Media Lab and the Intermedia Arts Group will present Expo 2006: Bending Technologies In and Out of Academia, featuring presentations and performances by the pioneering interactive media artist Morton Subotnick and the creators of This Spartan Life, a talk show residing in the online Halo multiplayer universe.

This exciting participatory event will showcase artists, students, and scholars who are mixing media technologies in unusual ways and breaking ground in communications, creativity, and academia. Participants will include CUNY faculty working in the field of experimental media, The Graduate Center’s Intermedia Arts Group, researchers from the New Media...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

In April 2006 ASHP/CML received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Picturing United States History: An Online Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence. Based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past, Picturing U.S. History (PUSH) will provide Web-based guides, essays, case studies, classroom activities, and online forums that help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classroom practice. The website will supplement standard accounts of U.S. history with visual analysis and activities that allow students to engage with the process of interpretation in a more robust fashion than through text...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

ASHP/CML is participating in a conference to celebrate the completion of Investigating U.S. History, a new media project involving 23 faculty members from twelve CUNY campuses to create and test interactive multimedia “lab” modules for use in the introductory college U.S. history survey. The project’s premise is to let students “do history” using the growing amount of online archival materials and to direct their use of primary sources through sophisticated inquiry-based activities developed by faculty. The modules utilize a rich array of resources including presidential audio excerpts from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson, photographs and folk music of...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

With their release in DVD format, ASHP/CML’s Who Built America? Series Two documentaries-1877: The Grand Army of Starvation, Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire, Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl, and Up South-have moved into the twenty-first century. Series One programs will follow soon. The DVD versions of the documentaries are broken into thematic chapters to allow easy selection of excerpts for teaching.

To mark the introduction of the new format, we have lowered the price for all our documentaries. Series One programs are now available for $20 each, or the complete set of six programs for $100; and Series...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Lost Museum Prize Cartoon

The Center for Digital Education announced the winners of its annual Digital Education Achievement Awards in late September and ASHP/CML’s website The Lost Museum: Exploring Antebellum U.S. Life and Culture garnered the top prize in the 2006 competition in the “Teacher-focused” category. The website, which combines 3-D techniques with a rich archive of primary documents to re-create P. T. Barnum’s American Museum and explore mid-nineteenth century American history, has attracted almost 100,000 visitors in 2006 alone, a number that almost rivals the original institution’s appeal. The DEA Award is the...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

ASHP/CML in partnership with Region 3 and Region 4 of New York City public schools and the Program in Social Studies, Department of Secondary Education, Queens College, CUNY has been awarded two new Teaching American History grants by the U.S. Department of Education. The diverse urban schools served by the program have high numbers of students from low-income families, high rates of student failure in U.S. history, and significant numbers of teachers with little American history teaching experience. Activities include four day-long retreats with historians, four day-long retreats with history educators, a two-day leadership retreat, and the use of evaluation...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

On Wednesday, November 30th, the New Media Lab (NML) will host an event to showcase innovative work by CUNY faculty and doctoral students that incorporates new technology into their scholarship. The NML Expo will feature panel discussions and demonstrations that address the challenges posed by new media in doctoral training and the latest approaches to using interactive technology in the graduate classroom. Come, participate, and learn about the opportunities and benefits available to faculty and GC students at the New Media Lab.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 1 – 4:00 pm Martin Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

As biographies top bestseller lists and take up ever more shelf space at chain bookstores, some academic historians hold these popular publications at arm’s length and decry their narrow approach and lack of rigor. But what are the possibilities and limitations of biography as a medium for communicating history? As part of a series of public seminars on the presentation of the past, on December 20, 2005, ASHP/CML will host a conversation about history and biography at the City University of New York Graduate Center. A panel of historians and publishing professionals will address how scholars use biography as a...Read more

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