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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.

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Published March 24, 2011

This week marks the one-month anniversary of the terrible events of September 11th. In the weeks that have passed, like so many other New Yorkers we have moved from shock to mourning to a resolve to emerge from this catastrophe with a greater commitment to social equality and public knowledge. That working people played such a significant role as both the victims and heroes of this catastrophe only increases our determination to continue our twenty-year effort to recover, present and teach workers’ history.

There has been a lot of discussion that September 11th “changed everything.” We can’t, of course, foresee...Read 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

Published March 24, 2011

Learning to Look: Visual Evidence and the U.S. Past in the New Media Classroom (LtL) is a collaborative research project for humanities faculty interested in exploring the study of American history, art history, and new media technologies. Fueled by the new history scholarship and the growth of digitized archives on the World Wide Web, LtL focuses on teaching strategies that will help advance student understanding about the past through the use of visual evidence: photographs, illustrations, painting, film, and drawings.

LtL’s structure includes week-long institutes, leadership training seminars, campus workshops, case study reports, and curriculum development projects. The program will...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

After a long hiatus, the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning is initiating an e-Newsletter to keep you up to date on our projects, publications and events. In this first installment, Executive Director Josh Brown provides an overview of our recent activities. In upcoming e-Newsletters, we’ll move from the past to the future, with articles on a range of current projects and events. We plan to publish several times a year — if you are not receiving this newsletter as an e-mail and would like to, please send a message to CML.

In addition, we welcome the name...Read more