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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

Published March 24, 2011

Two New Labor at the Crossroads Productions

Two programs in ASHP/CML’s cable television series on labor issues, Labor at the Crossroads, were recently screened and broadcast in New York City. “9/11″ A Crisis for Workers? was

aired on CUNY TV channel 75 and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. The program explores the impact of 9/11 on airline, hotel, and restaurant employees; Middle Eastern-American workers; and undocumented immigrant workers in the New York area. With Joshua Freeze, US Air (AFA); Emira Habiby Browne, Director Arab American Family Support Center; Teresa Garcia, Asociacion Tepeyac, and others. Salt Peanuts was screened at the Museum...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Check out the newest additions to our Web site: Student Voices from World War II and the McCarthy Era ( featuring oral history interviews with Brooklyn College students who participated in a World War II Farm Labor Project and a Cold War era controversy over free speech on campus; Virtual New York City (, based on the Old York Library Collection on NYC history now housed at The Graduate Center, which tells the city’s history through evocative primary documents and original essays, beginning with an online exhibit on disasters in NYC history; the “Making Sense of Evidence”...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Friday, March 15, 12:30 – 7:30PM FREE Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)

Sponsored by the New Media Lab, CUNY Graduate Center.

From the sciences to the arts to the humanities, CUNY faculty and students are rising to the challenge posed by new digital media–creating innovative programs and interactive courses and working in labs and research centers devoted to the production and teaching of new media. CUNY WIRED! will demonstrate some of the innovative ways in which new media is being created and used across disciplines and across the university. The one-day conference will...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Tuesday, February 26, 6-8 PM FREE Proshansky Auditorium, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)

Co-sponsored by the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning and the Gotham Center, CUNY Graduate Center.

Writers Kevin Baker, Pete Hamill, Peter Quinn, Beverly Swerling, and Louis Auschincloss will discuss the role of New York City history in their works of fiction.

Contact Pbender@gc.cuny.eduRead more

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