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Published March 24, 2011

In July ASHP/CML launched the latest phase of its influential teaching-with-technology faculty development program, the New Media Classroom. Funded by NEH, “Learning to Look: Visual Evidence and the U.S. Past in the New Media Classroom” started as a one-week institute at the CUNY Graduate Center involving the directors of ten affiliated “regional centers” from Washington state to Massachusetts for hands-on study, application, and reflection on critical use of online archival images in teaching history and related humanities courses. Noted scholars of U.S. history and American Studies also took part, updating participants on ways visual resources reveal information about different historical...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

In the past few years, master teachers of our NYC Making Connections program have been working with ASHP/CML educators to adapt some of our resources for ESL students. Based on four video documentaries, an ESL curriculum packet for secondary school humanities classrooms will be available in the fall. The packet includes adaptations of four video viewers’ guides: Daughters of Freemen, Five Points, 1877: The Grand Army of Starvation, and Up South. In addition, instructional techniques for advancing students’ literacy skills were developed on a range of topics covered in the videos including, immigration/migration, labor, industrialization, urban life, and race.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

ASHP/CML Executive Director Joshua Brown’s social history of the nineteenth-century U.S. illustrated press, Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America, was published by University of California Press in August.

The book will also be released in electronic format as part of the American Council of Learned Societies’ History E-Book Project.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Josh Brown
ASHP/CML's The Lost Museum was featured at a presentation at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.
Josh Brown was a member of the American Studies Association delegation to the June 2002 Japanese Association for American Studies annual conference at Meiji University in Tokyo. He presented a paper, “From the Illustrated Newspaper to Cyberspace: Visual Technologies and Interaction in the 19th and 21st Centuries,” at a conference session devoted to “Technology and Society,” reflecting on ASHP/CML’s digital work over the last ten years and its impact on the design and accessibility of new media history. During...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Salt Peanuts, a five-minute video originally produced as part of ASHP/CML’s Labor at the Crossroads cable television series, will be broadcast on the Free Speech Television Network, which reaches more than six million US homes. In addition to the broadcast of Salt Peanuts, Free Speech TV will air ten of our best titles in the next year. For broadcast information please visit

Salt Peanuts reveals the impact of 9/11 on airline workers, juxtaposing an interview with former US Air flight attendant Joshua Freeze (AFA) with a dramatization concerning government airline bailouts. The program was screened at the...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

October 4-5, 2002

National Council for History Education

Discovering History Conference

Saratoga Springs, NY

ASHP/CML will present with the Brooklyn Museum of Art a report on a collaborative curriculum development and teacher training program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Using the museum’s American paintings and decorative arts collection and ASHP/CML materials, the project focused on the development of interdisciplinary classroom lessons for use in secondary school humanities classrooms. Participants will gain insight into innovative teaching strategies that integrate a critical approach to primary source analysis. The resource guide will be sold at the conference. For more information...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

October 19, 2002, 9AM-5PM

The Museum of the City of New York

The September 11 Digital Archive, in partnership with the New York Metro American Studies Association, presents an interdisciplinary conference to mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Through panels, roundtables, and online components, the conference will address such topics as: Teaching 9/11 in the Classroom; Archiving, Memorializing, and Representing September 11; Patriotism, Irony, and Heroism Reconsidered; Civil Liberties, Immigration, and Racial Profiling; and Architectural and City Planning Concerns. For more information, please visit: more

Published March 24, 2011

Monday, October 28, 2002, 6-8PM

CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9206

The Center for Media and Learning and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center host a conversation among scholars to explore the ways that Americans do—and do not—understand the cultures, histories, and politics of the region defined as the Middle East. What role do cultural productions play in shaping American understandings of the Middle East? What about Americans’ claims to natural resources there and perceptions of the region as the birthplace of three major religions? How has the growth of the Middle Eastern diaspora in the U.S. and the...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Fall 2002

September 2002 — Feminist Movements in U.S. History with Estelle Freedman (Stanford University) as Guest Moderator

October 2002 — Using Material Culture to Teach U.S. History with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard University) as Guest Moderator

November 2002 — History of Early Settlement in the U.S. with Alan Taylor (University of California, Davis) 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...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Friday, October 4, 2002, 10AM to 1PM

Graduate Center

Friday, November 15, 2002, 10AM to 1PM

Hostos Community College

Participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue about the “best practices” for integrating visual evidence, new media resources, and active learning pedagogy into classrooms where U.S. history and culture are taught.

Contact: DThompson@gc.cuny.eduRead more