American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

February 2002

The September 11 Digital Archive

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 contribute your stories and memories.


New Teaching With Technology Training Program

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


Multicultural Project in NYC

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 project is an outgrowth of ASHP/CML’s longstanding Making Connections program and an extension of our interdisciplinary curriculum materials. Exploring Diversity will be launched in Fall 2002 and will be open to middle and high school humanities teachers.


New Resource Combines Art, History, Literature

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 have been tested in teacher workshops and classrooms and have been integrated into ASHP/CML’s Making Connections professional development program. Comments on the use of the materials have been highly favorable, including the following:

  • Outstanding It provided a strong case for the interdisciplinary approach to teaching.
  • Reminded me of the use of pictures and paintings to encourage close “reading,” close examination. I will use pictures more often in class to develop visual literacy.
  • I haven’t used art in the classroom. I now have an excellent model, and twelve slides which I can use.


Two New Labor at the Crossroads Productions

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 of Modern Art in December and at the Art in General Gallery in January. This video looks at the effect of 9/11 on airline workers and offers a constructive and cross-cultural response to the tragedy and its aftermath. See the ASHP/CML Calendar for regular Labor at the Crossroads programming. For copies of these tapes or for our catalog, contact

What’s New on the ASHP/CML Web Site

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” section of History Matters, now offering Learner Guides and interactive exercises that explore the historian’s craft; and the online Viewer’s Guides for our video documentaries.

Change your bookmarks, because some ASHP/CML Web pages have new URLs: The Lost Museum,; Virtual New York City,; CUNY Wired!,; and the New Media Lab, Visit us today!

Lastly, it is now easier to order ASHP products (/cart) through our Web site, including the Who Built America? and Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution CD-ROMs!

CUNY WIRED!: A CUNY New Media Conference

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 focus on two themes: Using 3-D Visualization Across Disciplines, and Communication and New Media. With a keynote address, “Artificial Life in Virtual Reality,” by Demetri Terzopoulos and a demonstration area with interactive displays from many campuses, this event is a great opportunity to network, to share ideas and approaches, and to see projects that are helping to bring CUNY to the forefront of the digital age.

Stuart Ewen, Film & Media Studies, Hunter College, CUNY

Bonnie Yochelson, Photography historian, author of Berenice Abbott: Changing New York and curator of The Museum of the City of NY exhibit

David Gillison, Cyanobacteria, 3-D animating of complex yet not fully imaged bacteria, Biology/Art, Lehman College, CUNY

Andrea Polli, Intuitive Ocusonics, Eye tracking musical instrument interfaces, Film & Media, Hunter College, CUNY

Leeann Pomplas-Bruening, The Lost Museum, A 3-D historical investigation of P.T. Barnum’s American Museum, New Media Lab, The Graduate Center, CUNY

David Smith, The Virtual Orchestra, Entertainment Technology, New York City Technical College, CUNY

Ioannis Stamos, Photorealistic 3-D model laser acquisition and the utilization of dense range 3-D data, Computer Science, Hunter College.

Adrianne Wortzel, Camouflage Town, A theatrical scenario for a robot who comments on its environment, New York City Technical College, CUNY (and many more)

Demetri Terzopoulos, Lucy and Henry Moses Professorship in the Sciences at New York University and Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at NYU’s Courant Institute.


Fiction and the City

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.