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Published June 7, 2018
Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation is a series of public programs in which historians, art historians, community activists, and artists will discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments and memorials across the country and in New York City.
Monuments as: History | Art | Power
Wednesday, June 13th, 6-8PM
Martin Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave. (34th St)
Harriet Senie, Professor of Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY
Deirdre Cooper Owens, Assistant Professor of History,...Read more
Published December 18, 2017

Next July, the American Social History Project will once again host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath. 

The fourth iteration of our institute will focus on the Civil War era's array of visual media--including prints, photographs, cartoons, illustrated newspapers and magazines, maps, ephemera, and the fine arts—to examine how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans' understanding, North and South, free and enslaved. Guided by a team of three faculty that represents the...Read more

Published October 4, 2017

Over the past year ASHP staff have been working with 14 faculty members from Reading Area Community College to assist them in incorporating Latino History and culture into their courses. As an outgrowth of ASHP's Bridging Historias program, the Conexiones program featured presentations by leading Latino history scholars Virginia Sánchez-Korrol, Lori Flores, and Pablo Mitchell. Faculty participated in pedagogy workshops, online reading discussions, and a full day seminar in October in New York City where they met with curators and directors of Latino cultural institutions, including the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College, the Dominican Studies...Read more

Published September 21, 2017

In October 2017, ASHP's CUNY Digital History Archive (CDHA) received the Award for Archival Achievement from the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. Founded in 1979, A.R.T. is a not-for-profit organization representing a diverse group of more than 400 archivists, librarians, records managers and those who support archival efforts in the New York metropolitan area. It is one of the largest local organizations of its kind in the United States with members representing approximately 375 repositories.

A.R.T.'s award citation stated: “Designed both as a collections portal and a grassroots collecting endeavor," the award citation read, "CDHA offers...Read more

Published February 23, 2017

February 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of a grim moment in the history of U.S. civil rights. On February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the mass incarceration of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans in camps across the United States. The order was the culmination of years of discrimination against people of Japanese ancestry, which escalated after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. Approximately 60 percent of the people incarcerated were American citizens.

Published February 22, 2017

It is difficult to come up with an American Social History Project effort in the last twenty years that David Jaffee did not have a hand in. The number of ASHP/CML projects in which he participated is startling and only outdone by their variety. His vast historical knowledge, expertise as a teacher, and insight into the ways digital media was reshaping instruction and inquiry (all of which are summarized so well on the tribute page set up...Read more
Published February 22, 2017

ASHP/CML is partnering with Bronx Community College, CUNY, on the NEH-sponsored faculty development program, Presente: Latino-Centered Learning Communities. Involving 18 BCC faculty, the 18-month program is designed to deepen and expand the teaching of Latino/a history and culture across the disciplines. The program focuses on two broad themes: citizenship and the law, and racial and gendered identities. Its four areas of activity include a seminar series with guest lecturers—including Harry Franqui Rivera (Centro, Hunter), Miriam Jiménez Román (NYU), Suzanne Oboler (John Jay), and Lauren Thomas (Rutgers)—along with curriculum development mentoring, online reading discussions, and a culminating conference. The goal...Read more

Published February 15, 2017

On October 21, 2016 ASHP/CML celebrated the 35th anniversary of its founding with a half-day symposium devoted to assessing the accomplishments, missed opportunities, and prospective future goals of U.S. public history. 

More than 100 people attended the event, which included two round table discussions, a keynote speech, a poster exhibit, and closing reception. ASHP co-founder Stephen Brier, Executive Director Joshua Brown, and Board Chair Carol Groneman welcomed the crowd and provided a brief overview of the organization...Read more

Published February 15, 2017

In the introductory essay for the recently completed CUNY Digital History Archive (CDHA) collection “Save Hostos!,” professor emeritus Gerald Meyer states:

From the fall of 1973 until the spring of 1979, Hostos Community College became the site of one of the most prolonged and successful mass movements in New York City during the 1970s. Throughout that five-year period, students, staff, faculty, and members of the community mobilized three massive year-long campaigns.

Working from a larger collection...Read more
Published September 17, 2016

This fall the American Social History Project is old enough to run for president of the United States! The year 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of ASHP’s founding--and to commemorate this milestone in our history, we will hold a public event that celebrates our past and also reflects on the achievements, challenges, and continuing goals of the fields of history education and public history of which we are a part.

The Past and Future of Public History: A Symposium in Celebration of 35 Years of the American Social History Project will be held on Friday, October 21, from Noon to...Read more