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Published March 24, 2011
Hip Hop to History conference
New York City High School students performing a song they wrote at ASHP/CML

Wednesday, October 24, 6-8 PM, Martin Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave. at 34th St.

Join us for a seminar on the presentation of the past, including a conversation among artists who have created theatrical presentations out of their extensive research into historical figures and events. This discussion, with Wesley Brown, Brian Freeman and James V. Hatch, will consider theater as a medium for presenting history, and take up such questions as: What kind of issues do playwrights face...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

On Friday Nov. 16th at 12:30 new media and online projects by students and faculty from across CUNY will be presented at an informal lunch/workshop in the Martin Segal Theatre at the Graduate Center. The purpose is to view work in advance of the spring 2001 CUNY Wired! conference organized by the Graduate Center’s New Media Lab.

All are welcome. For information contact New Media Lab Managing Director Andrea A. Vasquez at 817-1967 or e-mail.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

History Matters: The U.S. Survey on the Web continues to expand and offer useful resources for teaching about the American past. During the fall we will sponsor three “Talking History” online forums for teachers: Reconstruction with Guest Moderator Eric Foner in October; U.S. History in Global Perspective with Guest Moderator Thomas Bender in November, and Religion with Guest Moderator Christine Heyrman in December. Later this fall we will debut the first in a series of interactive guides to analyzing particular types of historical evidence such as oral history, films, and maps. To subscribe to the forums and check...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

We are pleased to announce that The Lost Museum: Exploring Antebellum American Life and Culture our digital 3-D re-creation and archive of P. T. Barnum’s American Museum, has received a major production grant from the Division of Education of the National Endowment for the Humanities. With the help of this grant, we will virtually construct more museum rooms, significantly expand and restructure the Archives section, and develop a new feature, The Museum Classroom.

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Published March 24, 2011

Labor at the Crossroads, a cable TV program about working people, has received a North Star Fund grant this year in the amount of $4000 for general operations.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Learning to Look: Visual Evidence and the U.S. Past in the New Media Classroom (LtL) is a collaborative research project for humanities faculty interested in exploring the study of American history, art history, and new media technologies. Fueled by the new history scholarship and the growth of digitized archives on the World Wide Web, LtL focuses on teaching strategies that will help advance student understanding about the past through the use of visual evidence: photographs, illustrations, painting, film, and drawings.

LtL’s structure includes week-long institutes, leadership training seminars, campus workshops, case study reports, and curriculum development projects. The program will...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

After a long hiatus, the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning is initiating an e-Newsletter to keep you up to date on our projects, publications and events. In this first installment, Executive Director Josh Brown provides an overview of our recent activities. In upcoming e-Newsletters, we’ll move from the past to the future, with articles on a range of current projects and events. We plan to publish several times a year — if you are not receiving this newsletter as an e-mail and would like to, please send a message to CML.

In addition, we welcome the name...Read more

Published March 24, 2011
Staff and guests at ASHP’s 20th anniversary celebration viewing WBA? CD-ROM.
Staff and guests at ASHP's 20th anniversary celebration viewing WBA? CD-ROM.

This coming summer marks the twentieth anniversary of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning’s founding, making us eligible to be called venerable, if not (at least among usually short-lived non-profit organizations) ancient.

This anniversary prompts a certain amount of reflection and a good deal of amazement. Since 1981, we have done many, many different projects in many different media for many different audiences and participants–while remaining, I believe, true to our...Read more

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