American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning


Many news items were first published in ASHP Newsletters. Stay in touch by subscribing to our news RSS feed or our newsletter.

Subscribe to ASHP’s Newsletter:

Published January 29, 2019

Over the past year ASHP staff have been working with faculty members from Bronx Community College CUNY to assist them in incorporating Latino history and culture into their courses and encouraging them to develop learning community clusters focused on Latino content.  In December, Presente: Latino-Centered Learning Communities, hosted a closing event open to all BCC faculty where instructors shared their work and personal reflections on their experience of expanding their curriculum. Participating faculty represented a range of disciplines and highlighted their desire to advance various skills such as critical reading, active viewing, community engagement, and storytelling as part their exploration of Latino themes. Some...Read more

Published January 29, 2019

Join us Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm for a public event, Monuments of the Future: Alternate Approaches, which will be held in the Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. This panel and discussion will present physical and virtual alternatives to monument creation that use a variety of media to promote public dialogue about how and what we remember. Panelists include Kubi Ackerman, director of the "Future City Lab" at the Museum of the City of New York; Marisa Williamson, artist and creator of “Sweet Chariot: The Long Journey to Freedom Through Time; Ken Lum, co-curator of "Monument Lab: A Public...Read more

Published January 17, 2019

Julian Ehsan joined ASHP/CML in October 2018 as a college assistant, providing administrative and podcast production support to the Project's staff. He has previously worked in local and state politics, interning for a councilwoman, an alderman, and a state treasurer. A graduate of New York University, Julian received a B.A. in History and Metropolitan Studies, focusing on the intersections of race, class, and gender in United States culture, as well as the nefarious forces of capitalism and austerity politics in the formation of unfair and unequal cities. He hails from Chicago, but for the past four years has called New...Read more

Published January 17, 2019

Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History will soon become an updated, completely free, open education resource (OER) finalizing a 38-year process of making social history accessible to the broad public thanks to a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.

ASHP will work in partnership with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media to combine the 2-volume textbook with ASHP’s varied multimedia teaching resources including the ten 30-minute documentaries, “excursions” from the Who Built America? CD-ROMs and the website History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. The project...Read more

Published January 8, 2019

Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation is a series of public programs in which historians, art historians, community activists, and artists will discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments and memorials across the country and in New York City.

Wednesday, February 6th, 6:30-8:00 PM

Martin Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave. (34th St)

Looking for solutions to the dilemma of how to confront and constructively address difficult...Read more

Published November 5, 2018

The Tamiment Library will host a memorial event for the late historian Jesse Lemisch. Following an hour’s worth of scheduled speeches, time will be allowed for attendees to add memories and comments of their own, followed by informal socializing with refreshments.

Scheduled speakers include several important figures who knew Lemisch both as an important radical intellectual and as a longtime friend: Staughton Lynd, another influential figure in the emergence of New Left history (he will speak via Skype); Marcus Rediker, author of several history books that reflect Lemisch’s concern with “history from below”; and Ann Gordon, director of the Stanton-Anthony Papers...Read more

Published September 24, 2018

In August 2018, Executive Director Josh Brown began a leave of absence from ASHP/CML preparatory to retiring in 2019. Josh started working at ASHP at its inception in 1981, first as art director/creative director, lending his expertise in social history, visual culture, and illustration to the creation of the two-volume textbook Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History, the accompanying award-winning documentary series, and succeeding CD-ROMs—as well as ASHP’s many digital, online, and professional development projects. Taking on the role of executive director in 1998 and joining the Graduate Center’s History faculty in 2003, Josh has been an NEH,...Read more

Published September 18, 2018

During two weeks this past July, the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning held our fourth National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. “The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath” institute was hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center and three New York City cultural institutions (New York Public Library, New-York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Attended by twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars selected from colleges, universities, and museums across the country, the institute featured presentations, discussions, visits to local archives and museums, and hands-on workshops that focused on the era’s visual...Read more

Published September 14, 2018

In partnership with The Gotham Center for New York City History and the CUNY Public History Collective, ASHP is hosting a series of public programs titled Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation. The series brings together historians, art historians, community activists, and artists to discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments and memorials and to engage with audiences about the often controversial histories represented.

ASHP held the first event, Monuments as: History / Art / Power on June 13, 2018. The panel presented a case study of the former J. Marion Sims monument...Read more

Published September 14, 2018

In June 2018, the Mission US team — Electric Funstuff , WNET/Thirteen, the American Social History Project, and Education Development Center — received funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) to create a new groundbreaking series, Mission US: Time Snap. Building on a successful Phase I grant for prototype development and classroom testing, Time Snap combines new virtual reality (VR) technology with rigorous document-based instruction to explore how VR can support high school students in the work of “doing history.”

After decades of experimentation, VR is transporting audiences to normally out-of-reach places, allowing them to grapple...Read more