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Published March 24, 2011

Santa reading Who Built America? with a pipeWith the start of the new year, the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning will bid a fond farewell to our TriBeca offices. After more than eight years at 99 Hudson Street, the entire ASHP/CML staff will be united in one complex of offices and facilities on the 7th floor of the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan. This move will not only geographically merge our dispersed staff, but will also provide us with direct access to the students and equipment of GC’s New Media Lab,...Read more

Published March 24, 2011
The 911 Digital Archive working groups
The 911 Digital Archive working groups from The Graduate Center, George Mason University and the Library of Congress gathered for this photo op at the celebration. Also shown is Graduate Center President Frances Degen Horowitz and Provost William Kelly, and George Mason University's Dean Daniele Strupa and Library of Congress Director for Public Service Collections Diane Kresh.

The September 11 Digital Archive – a joint endeavor of ASHP/CML and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media — has partnered with the Library of Congress (LC) to insure the long-term preservation...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

In September, ASHP/CML and Region 7 of the New York City Department of Education received funding from the federal Department of Education’s Teaching American History program. This grant, totaling nearly one million dollars, will support Historians and Teachers: A Partnership to Improve Knowledge, Teaching, and Learning in American History, a three-year project with middle and high school social studies teachers in Region 7 (which encompasses Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn). Also involving the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Educational Development Corporation, Historians and Teachers will hold day-long retreats with historians and a week-long summer institute during...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

This summer, ASHP/CML’s longstanding teaching with technology program, the New Media Classroom (NMC), conducted week-long institutes for our latest faculty development initiative, Learning to Look: Visual Evidence and the U.S. Past in the New Media Classroom.

Learning to Look session at the New-York Historical Society
The Graduate Center’s Learning to Look Institute held a session at the New-York Historical Society

The Learning to Look (LtL) institutes which took place at Miillersville University (PA); Washington State University (WA); Assumption College (MA); CUNY’s Graduate Center and City College Center for Worker Education (NY); Spelman College (GA); Dillard University (LA);...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

The Library of Congress will mark its first major digital acquisition of September 11, 2001, materials with the addition to its collections of The September 11 Digital Archive. The Digital Archive is a joint project of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media – two organizations that have explored digital history for more than a decade.

On Sept. 10, 2003 the Library of Congress will formally accept the material, which contains more than 135,000 written accounts, e-mails, audio recordings, video clips, photographs, Web sites and other digital...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

The New York Community Trust awarded ASHP/CML a $60,000 grant in support of a two-year education program. The grant provides partial funding for a partnership between ASHP/CML and a consortium of eight new small theme-based schools in the Bronx, New York. ASHP/CML will provide sustained professional and curriculum development support to participating humanities teachers.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

With support from JPMorganChase, ASHP/CML conducted a two-day teacher institute on August 25th and 26th at the CUNY Graduate Center. Focusing on Slavery and Reconstruction, hands-on workshops provided participating faculty with rich social history content and innovative teaching strategies.

teacher institute on August 25th and 26th at the CUNY Graduate Center

Using ASHP/CML curriculum materials, sample sessions included an activity analyzing the nature and meaning of slave resistance using the video, Doing As They Can: Slave Life in the American South; a visual literacy exercise investigated the Eastman Johnson painting, A Ride for Liberty; and participants...Read more

Published March 24, 2011
Digital art submission to the 911 Digital Archive
Digital art submission to the 911 Digital Archive

In collaboration with The Museum of Chinese in the Americas, the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, and New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute, ASHP/CML has received a $150,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for The Chinatown Documentation Project (CDP).

The CDP aims, through facilitated dialogues and recorded oral histories, to foster thoughtful community conversations and reflections on the consequences of September 11 for Chinatown and its residents. The CDP will present these dialogues and oral histories over the...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

October 2003 — Teaching the Civil Rights Movement with Charles Payne (Duke University) as Guest Moderator

This month-long online discussion will focus on teaching the Civil Rights Movement in high school and college U.S. History survey courses. Teachers, students, and all interested in the history of the Civil Rights Movement can subscribe by going to more

Published March 24, 2011

Schools in Crisis?: Historical Perspectives on City School Reform

Tuesday October 14, 6-8pm, The Graduate Center

This free public event, sponsored by ASHP/CML and The Graduate Center’s Continuing Education Program, will bring together historians and activists to discuss the current dilemmas facing urban education, their historical origins, and their potential remedies. Panelists include: Adina Back, Visiting Fellow, New York University Institute for Education and Social Policy; John Spencer, Assistant Professor of Education, Rowan University; an invited representative of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a coalition of parent organizations, community school boards, concerned citizens and advocacy groups that seeks to reform...Read more