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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

ASHP/CML, along with the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, has received a major grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to create a permanent online archive of materials related to the events of September 11th, 2001. The September 11 Digital Archive will serve as a gateway to relevant historical materials on the Web and as a repository for email messages, images, personal accounts, and other primary sources in digital formats. The official launch of the Web site will be March 11, but the site is now online at Please visit the Archive and...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

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

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