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Published January 7, 2016

ASHP has received funding from the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation to further develop the CUNY Digital History Archive, a participatory project to create, collect, and conserve the histories of the City University of New York. This open archive and portal gives the CUNY community and the broader public online access to a range of materials related to the history of the City University of New York. The CDHA will make available materials contributed by individuals whose lives, in diverse ways, have shaped and been shaped by CUNY.  Faculty, staff, and students have fought to sustain the university’s democratic mission and one of the goals...Read more

Published November 18, 2015

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university teachers in July 2016 on the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. Applications to participate will be accepted via mail, e-mail, and our online application system until March 1, 2016.

The Institute will focus on the era's array of visual media--including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography--to examine how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans' understanding...Read more

Published September 11, 2015

On May 8, 2015 our Bridging Historias through Latino History and Culture: An NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project concluded with a full-day conference at The Graduate Center, CUNY. More than one hundred educators from colleges, libraries, high schools, and public institutions across the region attended the panels, workshops, poster displays, and keynote speech. The conference opened with a plenary panel entitled “Infusing Latino/a Content into the Curriculum—the Big Picture” that explored the broad institutional context for implementing Latino Studies at community colleges, reviewed Latino enrollment in higher education, provided examples of innovative configurations, and discussed the impact...Read more

Published September 11, 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant to ASHP to host a two-week institute in July 2016 on the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. Following on the heels of our successful summer 2014 institute, this iteration will extend its purview to encompass the ways the war was recorded, reported, represented, and remembered via an array of visual media—including the fine arts, photography, cartoons, prints, and a range of “ephemeral”pictorial items and publications—as well as the visualization of Reconstruction, the postwar West, and the rise of Jim Crow. Institute participants will work...Read more

Published September 10, 2015

Over the summer we received news of funding that will allow ASHP to build two additional “missions” in the award-winning Mission US series of online adventure-style games in which players take on the role of young people during critical moments in U.S. history. In June, the National Park Service awarded our project partner public television station WNET-Thirteen a grant to create “Prisoner in My Homeland,” which will place students in the role of a Japanese American teen-aged boy who must make choices as he and his family are forced to leave their home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, for one of...Read more

Published September 8, 2015

In summer 2015, ASHP redesigned and updated The Lost Museum as well as our primary site. Both designs embrace modern web standards and improve browsing on mobile devices, along with general usabilty and accessibility.

Visitors to The Lost Museum are given the opportunity explore a 3D recreation of P. T. Barnum’s American Museum in mid-nineteenth century New York. The redesigned site, launched to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fire that destroyed the museum, includes larger, higher-resolution graphics and easier navigation of the museum. Visitors also have the option to seek out clues to discover who, among suspects...Read more

Published June 30, 2015

On July 13, 1865, in a spectacular fire witnessed by thousands of New Yorkers, P. T. Barnum’s American Museum in downtown Manhattan mysteriously burned to the ground. The five-story building on Broadway and Ann Street—called “the most visited place in America”—had housed a continuing array of artifacts, oddities, productions, and creatures since its opening in 1841. This July, to mark the 150th anniversary of the destruction of Barnum’s American Museum, the award-winning Lost Museum website (http://lostmuseum.cuny.edu/), first launched by American Social History Project in 2000, will re-launch in a new, enhanced format with larger graphics, clearer navigation, and with full access for the many tablets and devices that now connect to the Internet.Read more

Published May 4, 2015

Bridging Historias: Latino/a History and Culture in the Community College Classroom will culminate its two-year National Endowment for the Humanities-funded program with a one-day conference featuring top scholars and innovative pedagogy. This event, sponsored by the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, comes at an opportune moment when much-needed attention is being given to the importance of community colleges and to the Latino community. In addition to a keynote address by Vicki Ruiz (Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine) on relevant recent scholarship, conference presenters will address institutional policies and pedagogical approaches that support Latino Studies...Read more

Published March 10, 2015

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Historian Martha Biondi of Northwestern University will discuss her work on the Black Power movements on campuses across the country and the rise of African-American Studies programs. Her research includes case studies of several universities, including CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Thursday, April 30, 2015 6 – 8 pm, Skylight Room, 9th Floor of The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY...Read more
Published March 10, 2015

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ASHP-CML has been partnering with the Education Development Center to develop Zoom In, an online platform to support literacy-rich instruction in history classrooms. For its first large-scale field study this school year, Zoom In is recruiting and building cohorts of teachers throughout the country and is interested in enrolling history teachers who would like to incorporate new technologies into their classrooms.

For more information on Zoom In, and if you are interested in piloting the program, visit zoomin.cct.edc.org or contact Noah...Read more

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