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Published November 1, 2011

Come to the Martin Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, for the third of our public seminars marking the sesquicentennial of the start of the U.S. Civil War. Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, previous programs in the series brought together leading scholars and educators to discuss recent trends in the study of the conflict and the gap between scholarly and popular understanding of the war.

At the November 3rd event, entitled “Is There...Read more

Published November 1, 2011

We are pleased to announce the launch of our NEH Summer Institute website, The Visual Culture of the American Civil War. On this site you will find information about our July 2012 summer institute for college and university faculty, which we are hosting at the CUNY Graduate Center. The institute will focus on the the Civil War’s array of visual media—including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography—to assess how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ understanding on both sides of the conflict. The...Read more

Published September 21, 2011

The Thinker protestsOver the course of the past three decades investment in public higher education has declined dramatically. Most American public university systems, such as California, Wisconsin, and Illinois, have experienced serious reductions in their state funding requiring dramatic cutbacks in academic programs and services they provide to their students.

Here at the City University of New York (CUNY), we have gone from a tuition-free system as late as 1976 to one that receives more than 45% of its operating budget from student fees and tuition. During this same time, the faculty workforce has been...Read more

Published September 21, 2011

“In the Trenches”The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded ASHP/CML a grant to host a two-week institute in July 2012 on the visual media—including the fine arts, photography, and ephemera—that helped define the American Civil War. “The Visual Culture of the American Civil War” will assess how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ understanding on both sides of the conflict. Institute participants will attend seminars led by noted historians, art historians, and archivists; take part in...Read more

Published September 21, 2011

Civil War photographersMark your calendars for Thursday, November 3, 2011, 6:00 to 8:00 pm and join ASHP/CML in the Martin Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center for the third of our public seminars marking the sesquicentennial of the start of the U.S. Civil War. Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, previous programs in the series brought together leading scholars and educators to discuss recent trends in the study of the conflict and the gap between scholarly and popular understanding of the war.

At the November 3rd event,...Read more

Published September 21, 2011

While our e-newsletter will keep arriving in your inbox, you can also keep up with what we’re doing here at ASHP/CML on a more regular basis. Our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ashpcml) and Twitter account (@ASHP_HERB) will alert you to our new podcasts, highlights from our online projects, public seminars, and links to useful and enlightening items from around the Web. So “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter—historical insight is just a click away!...Read more

Published September 21, 2011

This month, and this issue of our newsletter, marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the American Social History Project. This seems the appropriate moment to thank all of you for your years—decades!—of support, collaboration, and good will.

Thirty. Such a full, round, and venerable number leaves us amazed, proud, and a little chastened. Our achievements are based on a long, long, long list of talented and farsighted staff members and collaborators the combined number of which would fill a good-sized auditorium. And our numbers continue to grow as each new effort and project adds more names to the...Read more

Published May 25, 2011

We are pleased to announce the debut of ASHP/CML’s latest educational website, HERB: Social History for Every Classroom. Named in honor of our co-founder, the late labor historian Herbert Gutman, HERB is a free website for teaching U.S.history. The fruit of over two decades of professional development work with teachers in New York City and around the country, the site is an extensive archive of primary documents, teaching strategies, and other resources that look at how ordinary people both influenced and were influenced by the nation’s economic and political transformations.

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Published March 30, 2011

ASHP/CML congratulates Executive Director Joshua Brown on his 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in U.S. history for Studies in the Visual Culture of the American Civil War. This new work builds upon Josh’s earlier book Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America (University of California, 2002). The importance of studying visual cultural is one of Josh’s key contributions to the field of 19th century U.S. history and this fellowship acknowledges the significance of his past work and gives support to his ongoing scholarship. We wish him great progress during his six-month leave...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Last October historian Peter H. Wood, professor emeritus at Duke University, gave a talk at the Graduate Center sponsored by ASHP/CML and the Ph.D. programs in History and Art History about Winslow Homer’s recently rediscovered 1866 painting, Near Andersonville (marking the publication of his new book on the subject). He was kind enough to also record a podcast conversation with ASHP/CML’s Donna Thompson Ray about the life of North Carolina cabinetmaker Thomas Day, and how his experience as a free black characterized nineteenth-century race relations in the South. Peter assesses Day’s life as a businessman who crafted sought-after furniture collected...Read more

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