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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

Published March 24, 2011

How might illustrations by Frederic Remington, paintings by Alfred Bierstadt, and sculptures by Edmonia Lewis help advance our understanding of the frontier past? What can students learn from a nineteenth-century slave narrative set alongside J. T. Zealy’s 1850 photographic portraits of Columbia, South Carolina, slaves “Delia” and “Jack”? And what questions about the past does such evidence leave unanswered?

The study of visual sources has advanced in significant ways in recent years due in large part to the development of multimedia technologies such as the Internet. Simultaneously, cross-disciplinary collaborations among scholars studying and educators teaching American history and culture have...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

In May, 2003 the Library of Congress announced that The September 11 Digital Archive — a joint project of ASHP/CML and CHNM funded by the Sloan Foundation — will become the first digital acquisition in the Library’s history. This unprecedented accession to the institution’s holdings, scheduled for December 2003, will ensure both the long-term stability and future accessibility of the Archive’s collection. Based on a recognition that the “historical record” is no longer purely made of paper, but also of email, Web sites, digital photos, online discussion forums, and other electronic forms of communication, The September 11 Digital Archive...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

JPMorganChase awarded ASHP/CML a $10,000 grant to support our teacher professional development work with new small schools in New York City. This one-year grant for the 2003 calendar year is enabling us to provide support to humanities teachers in the areas of content, pedagogy, and curriculum development at a July 2003 Summer Institute.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

ASHP — in collaboration with the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, and NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute — is pleased to announce the receipt of 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 Internet so that they might serve as a resource for the community’s articulation of...Read more

Published March 24, 2011
New Jersey Turnpike Web Site

In 2002 The New Jersey Historical Society commissioned ASHP/CML to create a Web site based on its popular What Exit: New Jersey and Its Turnpike exhibit. The American Association of Museums recently awarded the site an honorable mention.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

On June 26-28, 2003 The American Historical Association, National Council for the Social Studies, and Organization of American Historians will co-sponsor the Innovations in Collaboration conference to showcase model programs where K-12 and university educators are working together in innovative ways to enhance the teaching of history. 130 individuals from elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and museums are expected to present at this conference, including Eric Foner of Columbia University, a long-time advisor and Board member of ASHP.

For more than a decade, ASHP/CML has nurtured collaborations between college faculty and secondary school history teachers, helping them incorporate...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

After fifteen years Labor at the Crossroads, New York’s only monthly labor program about issues affecting working people, is discontinuing production. Labor at the Crossroads, better known as LABOR X, began in 1988 as a collaboration between ASHP/CML and the CUNY Association for Worker Education. Over its fifteen years, succeeding LABOR X producers Liz Sheehan, Tami Gold, and Simin Farkhondeh and executive producer Steve Brier produced more than seventy programs on topics such as immigrant and gay and lesbian worker rights, racism on the job, NAFTA and GATT, various union organizing drives, prison labor, and sweatshops. Although we are unable...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

February 2003 — Using Oral History to Teach U.S. History with Linda Shopes (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission) as Guest Moderator

March 2003 — Teaching the U.S. Civil War with David Blight (Amherst College) as Guest Moderator

The discussions will focus on teaching these topics in the standard U.S. history survey course and suggestions for resources or strategies. Although the moderators will respond to questions and comments, we also hope that participants will respond to one another and continue the discussion after the guest moderator’s month.Read more