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Published March 24, 2011

ASHP/CML’s premier teaching with technology program, The New Media Classroom (NMC), has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant. Entitled Learning to Look: Visual Evidence and the U.S. Past in the New Media Classroom, the program will train history and humanities faculty from 10 college and university campuses (NMC Regional Centers) in the growing scholarly arena of using visual evidence to teach about the past. The 2-year grant includes the addition of two new Centers from the network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Dillard University (Louisiana) and Spelman College (Georgia) and partnerships with historical and cultural...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

A kiosk displaying The September 11th Digital Archive Web site has been included in an exhibit currently at the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS). The exhibit, co-sponsored by City Lore, is the third exhibition in N-YHS’s History Responds series and is titled MISSING: STREETSCAPE OF A CITY IN MOURNING. Visitors to the exhibit can browse The September 11th Digital Archive and submit stories to the site in a room set aside for contemplation. The New-York Historical Society is located at 2 West 77th Street at Central Park West and is open Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-5PM. The exhibit runs through June 9, 2002.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Two ASHP/CML online projects that chronicle significant events in New York City’s history were recently featured on cable television channel New York 1. Read or watch these segments by clicking on the corresponding URLs:

The September 11 Digital Archive, a permanent online archive of materials related to the events of September 11th, 2001,


Virtual New York, which tells the city’s history through evocative primary documents and original essays, beginning with an online exhibit on disasters in NYC history,

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Published March 24, 2011

Labor at the Crossroads recently received a North Star grant to fund the continuation of its programming. Labor at the Crossroads produces television programs about working people and the issues that are important to them. Check the Web site for schedule and catalog information: or contact more

Published March 24, 2011

ASHP/CML will be offering two training institutes for high school humanities teachers this summer:

The New Media Classroom: New Approaches to History and Humanities Education

July 8-10, 2002
CUNY Graduate Center

This program will train secondary school teachers and administrators to integrate educational technology into classroom practice. Program work and learning objectives focus on history and humanities content, student learning, technology skills, standards, and curriculum development. Teachers will survey Web sites; use online software to improve writing; and create Web pages. Print an application at


Interdisciplinary Connections: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of US History...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

ASHP’s US history gateway site, History Matters: The US Survey on the Web, now features a guide to help teachers and students use film as historical evidence. “Making Sense of Films” is available at: more

Published March 24, 2011

Adesimba Kumara Bashir, 1952-2002

Adesimba Kumara BashirOur long-time colleague and dear friend, Adesimba Bashir, died on May 7, 2002. Born in Manhattan, Ade (whom many of you may have known as Pat Brown-Height) grew up in the Bronx, graduating from Preston High School in 1970. She graduated from NYU in 1974 with a BS in Elementary Education and received an MS in Educational Reading from Lehman College in 1976. At the time of her death she was working on her Ph.D. in English Education at NYU. Ade was an extraordinary teacher and mentor. She...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Teaching History (and the Humanities) in the New Media Classroom is a yearlong faculty development program for high school teachers that explores effective teaching strategies for integrating technology in history and humanities classroom curricula. The program kicks off with a 4-day summer institute and continues during the school year with follow-up interactions, including online discussions and school visits. Teachers will survey humanities Web resources; use online software to improve writing; create history and humanities Web pages; and develop curriculum. Applications will be available March 1st at

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Published March 24, 2011

ASHP/CML’s education unit recently received financial support from J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. for its multicultural pilot project, Exploring Diversity: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of U.S. History and Culture. Through a NYC Board of Education multicultural education contract, ASHP/CML plans to enhance its teacher training programs by developing and offering workshops that focus on race as a focal point for investigating major themes in U.S. history. Participants will consider the history of race and racism; migration and expansionism; the impact of images and media in U.S. culture; and the role of diverse groups of people in shaping U.S. history. This...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

A two-year collaboration between ASHP/CML and the Brooklyn Museum of Art (BMA) has culminated in the publication of the teacher handbook, Picturing a Nation: Teaching with American Art and Material Culture. The project, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, aims to help teachers and students integrate art into an expanded understanding of history and culture. Lessons use BMA art and ASHP/CML materials to promote document analysis, visual literacy, and point-of-view writing. Students examine and interpret objects and use primary sources to link their observations to the historical context in which the art was created. Handbook activities...Read more