American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

September 2008

Picturing United States History: An Online Resource For Teaching With Visual Evidence


Picturing U.S. History

On October 1, 2008, ASHP/CML will launch our latest website, Picturing United States History: An Online Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence. Representing a unique collaboration between historians and art historians, Picturing U.S. History is based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. Visitors to the new website will find Web-based guides, essays, case studies, classroom activities, and online forums to assist high school teachers and college instructors to incorporate visual evidence into their classroom practice. The website supplements other U.S. history resources with visual materials, analysis, and activities that allow students to engage with the process of interpretation in a more robust fashion than through text alone.

The website’s debut features a series of public online forums guest moderated by noted scholars of American history and culture. In October, Professor David Jaffee of the Bard Graduate Center will moderate a discussion on visual evidence and Jacksonian America. In November a discussion on Colonial America will be led by Professor Peter Mancall of the University of Southern California.

We invite you to visit Picturing U.S. History in October. To sign-up for

the Picturing U.S. History forums on Jacksonian America and Colonial America, go to: Forums.

Picturing U.S. History is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its We, The People initiative.

Making Connections: High School-College Collaboration Celebrates Twenty Years

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of ASHP/CML’s Making Connections: High School-College Collaboration Program. For the past two decades, Making Connections has worked with New York City public school teachers, providing in-service faculty development programs and innovative curriculum resources to humanities instructors. Over the years, the program has received consistent kudos from teacher participants as well as administrators for our intensive, creative, and effective work in building skills and improving learning.

Making Connections will celebrate the anniversary with a series of articles on transformative pedagogy to be published by Radical Teacher in 2009-2010. Former Making Connections faculty mentor Dr. Leonard Vogt of LaGuardia Community College/CUNY will serve as editor of the series. In addition, our updated program website will showcase podcasts of lectures by past faculty speakers (including Barbara Winslow, Brooklyn College, and Carol Groneman, emerita, John Jay College) as well as key primary documents, and a new seminar program calendar.

We look forward to celebrating this milestone together with past and current teacher participants, faculty, and staff.

For more information contact Donna Thompson Ray at

The 2008 Herbert G. Gutman Lecture

Leon LitwackPulitzer Prize-winning historian Leon Litwack will deliver the 2008 Herbert G. Gutman Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 14th, at 6:30pm at the City University of New York Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street in Manhattan). Litwack, who is an emeritus professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of celebrated studies of Emancipation and Reconstruction including Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery (1979) and Trouble In Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow (1998), will speak about his latest research project, “Pearl Harbor Blues: Black Southerners and World War II.”

The lecture series is dedicated to the memory of the late historian of labor and the black family, Herbert G. Gutman (1928-1985), who co-founded the American Social History Project. The event is co-sponsored by ASHP/CML, the Center for the Humanities, and the Ph.D. Program in History at The Graduate Center.