American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, CUNY

American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, CUNY Bringing the history of ordinary people into the classroom

We are dedicated to renewing interest in history by challenging traditional ways that people learn about the past. Based at the City University of New York Graduate Center, we produce print, visual, and multimedia materials that explore the richly diverse social and cultural history of the United States. We also lead professional development seminars that help teachers to use the latest scholarship, technology, and active learning methods in their classrooms.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and as we reach the end of the month, it's a good time for so...
05/26/2020

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and as we reach the end of the month, it's a good time for some historical reflection!

First, probe the social, political, and cultural impetuses and implications of the Philippine War, with ASHP's "Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire 1898-1904." Our documentary is available to stream and download for free: http://ashpc.ml/kpq47y

Then, delve into the many documents collected on HERB, our free, online database of primary sources and classroom activities. In this doc, Mexican laborers in Oxnard, California stand with their Japanese "brothers" when facing discrimination from the American Federation of Labor: http://ashpc.ml/6y4wpn

Finally, explore different voices from NYC's Chinatown neighborhood as residents reflect on 9/11. Located just ten blocks from Ground Zero, Chinatown was the largest residential area affected by the attacks. Read the recollections of neighbors who discuss the day's effect on their air quality and health, their civic and social engagement, and more: http://ashpc.ml/65zpx7

Today is Workers' Memorial Day, when we honor workers who have died or been injured while on the job. It is particularly...
04/28/2020

Today is Workers' Memorial Day, when we honor workers who have died or been injured while on the job. It is particularly salient this year, amidst a global health crisis that places so many—nurses, delivery people, grocery store clerks, sanitation workers—at risk.

Reflect on the power of organized labor to ensure safe and fair working conditions, today and every day!

Photo: An outdoor STFU meeting, 1937, by Louise Boyle. Courtesy of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives in the ILR School at Cornell University.

While the The Graduate Center, CUNY is closed due to COVID-19, ASHP staff are fortunate to be able to work from home. So...
04/15/2020

While the The Graduate Center, CUNY is closed due to COVID-19, ASHP staff are fortunate to be able to work from home. So the writing, designing, and programming continues on "Who Built America? Open Educational Resource," as does the production of Mission US 6 and 7. We are also helping develop LGBTQ+ teaching materials for the NYC Department of Education, and continue to assist student work at the New Media Lab.

For more info on what we've been up to, and for a primer on all of our publicly available resources for teaching and learning, read (and subscribe to!) our newsletter: ashpc.ml/cxh3nt.

Photo: Mexican laborers in Imperial Valley, California. By Dorothea Lange, June 1935, courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center wil...
02/25/2020
The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath | ASHP/CML

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty in July 2020 on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath. Applications to participate will be accepted via mail, e-mail, and our online application system until March 1, 2020 (postal mail must be postmarked by March 1).

The Institute will focus on the era's array of visual media--including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography--to examine how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans' understanding on both sides of the conflict. Guided by a team of three faculty that represents the range of work in the field, Institute participants will hear daily lectures and presentations by noted historians, art historians, and archivists; and take part in hands-on sessions in significant museums and archival collections. These Institute activities will introduce participants to the rich body of scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War era visual culture, encourage them to explore avenues for further research in the field, and assist them in developing their own research and/or teaching projects. Full details and application information are available on the ASHP/CML Institute website at http://ashp.cuny.edu/nehinstitute/

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week summer institute in July 2020 for 25 college and university teachers to study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. The institute will f...

APPLY NOW! NEH Summer Institute, The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath (July 2020 in New York C...
01/07/2020
The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath | ASHP/CML

APPLY NOW! NEH Summer Institute, The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath (July 2020 in New York City) -- March 1st deadline. ashpc.ml/8fwzv6

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week summer institute in July 2020 for 25 college and university teachers to study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. The institute will f...

New from The Gotham Center for New York City History and the CUNY Digital History Archive: in April 1969, Black and Puer...
06/18/2019
From the CUNY Digital History Archive: The Five Demands and the University of Harlem

New from The Gotham Center for New York City History and the CUNY Digital History Archive: in April 1969, Black and Puerto Rican students at City College challenged the school's admissions policies that heavily favor white students.

Read more about their "Five Demands" below!

https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/from-the-cuny-digital-history-archive-the-five-demands-and-the-university-of-harlem

By Chloe Smolarski

Wonder what it takes to erect a public memorial in New York City? ASHP has you covered!Listen in as Mary Anne Trasciatti...
06/12/2019

Wonder what it takes to erect a public memorial in New York City? ASHP has you covered!

Listen in as Mary Anne Trasciatti, president of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, walks us through the complex process of involved in creating a monument from the ground up.

Streaming on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and our site: ashpc.ml/6jm8hx

Happy #MayDay! Reflect on this #InternationalWorkersDay by diving into its history with a quick article, courtesy of Ste...
05/01/2019
Why We Celebrate May Day as a Workers’ Holiday | SLU Blog

Happy #MayDay! Reflect on this #InternationalWorkersDay by diving into its history with a quick article, courtesy of Steve Brier: http://ashpc.ml/rh68cc.

Home, Labor Studies Why We Celebrate May Day as a Workers’ Holiday April 30, 2014 Murphy Institute By Steve Brier One of the great ironies is that workers all over the world celebrate Labor Day on May 1st, not the first Monday in September, the way we do in the U.S. Most people assume the choice o...

New on our podcast! Deirdre Cooper Owens, Harriet Senie, artist Francheska Alcantara, and Marina Ortiz of East Harlem Pr...
11/12/2018
Monuments As: History, Art, Power | ASHP/CML

New on our podcast! Deirdre Cooper Owens, Harriet Senie, artist Francheska Alcantara, and Marina Ortiz of East Harlem Preservation delve into the histories and stakes of public monuments and memorials in NYC.

This program is part one in our three part series, “Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation,” hosted with The Gotham Center for New York City History and the CUNY Public History Collective.

Available to stream on Apple Podcasts, or directly on our site: http://ashpc.ml/gwcvxs .

In this four-speaker panel, professors, artists, and activists delve into the ongoing re-evaluation of public monuments and memorials, particularly those in New York City (NYC). Dr. Harriet Senie, professor of art history at The Graduate Center CUNY, offers insights into the decision making process....

Check out the latest podcast from ASHP/CML with labor historian Joshua Freeman on the rise and fall of factories around ...
09/05/2018
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World | ASHP/CML

Check out the latest podcast from ASHP/CML with labor historian Joshua Freeman on the rise and fall of factories around the world. http://ashpc.ml/byyyh5

Joshua Freeman, professor of history at CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College and Steven Greenhouse, former labor reporter for the New York Times, discuss Freeman's recent book, Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World. From the origins of factories in the 1720s Englan...

Our latest podcast, with Professor Lori Flores of SUNY Stonybrook, explores shifting notions of Mexican/Mexican-American...
07/30/2018
Beyond Migrant workers: Mexican Communities & Complexities in The United States 1986-2016 | ASHP/CML

Our latest podcast, with Professor Lori Flores of SUNY Stonybrook, explores shifting notions of Mexican/Mexican-American identity. (Photo: MGNOnline)
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Lori Flores, History Professor at Stony Brook University, contextualizes Mexican immigration and identity and examines how shifting borders complicate Mexican American identities. Flores covers the tumultuous relationship between Mexican immigrants and the United States Government from World War 1 i...

Listen to the latest ASHP podcast with historian Deirdre Cooper Owens reading from her work, "Medical Bondage: Race, Gen...
04/10/2018
Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology | ASHP/CML

Listen to the latest ASHP podcast with historian Deirdre Cooper Owens reading from her work, "Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology." ashpc.ml/zwrn9f.

Deirdre Cooper Owens reads a section from her recent work, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, which explores the intersections of slavery, capitalism, and medicine and discusses the work with Jennifer Morgan, Professor of History New York University and Sasha Turn...

Listen to the ASHP/CML podcast on Visualizing Emancipation and the Postwar South with art historian, Sarah Burns ashpc.m...
02/28/2018
Visualizing Emancipation and the Postwar South in the Popular and Fine Arts | ASHP/CML

Listen to the ASHP/CML podcast on Visualizing Emancipation and the Postwar South with art historian, Sarah Burns ashpc.ml/qsnv72.

Image: Sea Island School, no. 1 – St. Helena Island. Established April, 1862. Illus. in Education Among the Freedmen, published between 1866 and 1870. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c07754

In this discussion, Sarah Burns examines common Civil War narratives in fine arts in this period by examining the work of artists such as William Walker, Thomas Waterman, and Winslow Homer. Burns asks who created the pieces and for what audience and further questioning the works by examining portrai...

APPLY! NEH Summer Institute, Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath - March 1st deadline.  ashpc.ml/...
02/28/2018
The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath | ASHP/CML

APPLY! NEH Summer Institute, Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath - March 1st deadline. ashpc.ml/8fwzv6

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week summer institute in July 2018 for 25 college and university teachers to study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. The institute will f...

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center wil...
11/29/2017
The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath | ASHP/CML

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty in July 2018 on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath. Applications to participate will be accepted via mail, e-mail, and our online application system until March 1, 2018.

The Institute will focus on the era's array of visual media--including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography--to examine how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans' understanding on both sides of the conflict. Guided by a team of three faculty that represents the range of work in the field, Institute participants will hear daily lectures and presentations by noted historians, art historians, and archivists; and take part in hands-on sessions in significant museums and archival collections. These Institute activities will introduce participants to the rich body of scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War era visual culture, encourage them to explore avenues for further research in the field, and assist them in developing their own research and/or teaching projects. Reading assignments preceding and during the Institute will prepare participants for full engagement in the Institute¹s discussions and activities. And time will be provided to prepare individual projects, undertake research at local archives, and meet with the three principal institute faculty members as well as guest speakers.

The institute will meet from July 9 to July 20, 2018 at the CUNY Graduate Center (34th Street and Fifth Avenue) and other archival and museum sites around the city, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, and New York Public Library. Faculty and visiting speakers include: Jermaine Archer, Lynne Zacek Bassett, Louise Bernard, Joshua Brown, Sarah Burns, Keith Davis, Gregory Downs, Matthew Fox-Amato, Amanda Frisken, Lauren Hewes, Barbara Krauthamer, Turkiya Lowe, Maurie McInnis, Megan Kate Nelson, Kirk Savage, Susan Schulten, and Scott Manning Stevens.

While scholars and teachers specializing in U.S. history, American Studies, and art history will find the Institute especially attractive, we encourage applicants from any field who are interested in the Civil War era and its visual culture, regardless of your disciplinary interests. Independent scholars, scholars engaged in museum work or full-time graduate studies are also urged to apply. You need not have extensive prior knowledge of the Civil War or visual culture or have previously incorporated their study in any of your courses or research. However, your application essay should identify concrete ways in which two weeks of concentration on the topics will enhance your teaching and/or research. In addition, please describe a research or teaching project you will develop during the institute. The ideal institute participant will bring to the group a fresh understanding of the relevance of the topic to their teaching and research.

Full details and application information are available on the ASHP/CML Institute website at http://ashp.cuny.edu/nehinstitute/. For further information, please contact Institute Director Donna Thompson Ray at [email protected] or 212-817-1963.

Completed applications must be submitted via our online application system or e-mail or postal mail no later than March 1, 2018 (postal mail must be postmarked by March 1).

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week summer institute in July 2018 for 25 college and university teachers to study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. The institute will f...

Have you applied for our NEH Summer Institute–The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath–yet? Applic...
02/24/2016

Have you applied for our NEH Summer Institute–The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath–yet? Applications are due on March 1. That's less than a week away! Apply here: http://ashp.cuny.edu/nehinstitute/

02/22/2016
Memory of the Civil War

1 week left to apply to our NEH Summer Institute, Visual Culture of the Civil War!! Check out a presentation from a previous Institute: http://ashp.cuny.edu/nehinstitute

Sarah Burns, the Ruth N. Halls Professor of the History of Art (emerita) at Indiana University, Joshua Brown, Executive Director of the American Social Histo...

Go to the ASHP website for one of our latest podcast -- Seeing the Civil War: Artists, the Public, and Pictorial News an...
01/14/2016
Illustrated Press - Visual Culture of the American Civil War

Go to the ASHP website for one of our latest podcast -- Seeing the Civil War: Artists, the Public, and Pictorial News and Views -- with historian Josh Brown.

Other resources are found on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War website, where you'll find a video presentation from our 2012 NEH Summer Institute, and primary sources, bibliography, and online materials on the illustrated press. ashpc.ml/6qnk6p

Joshua Brown, Executive Director of the American Social History Project and Professor of History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, discusses the pictorial journalism of the Civil War and the ways battlefront artists covered the conflict before photography could document warfare. This talk took place on…

See video, picture gallery, and slide presentation of Harold Holzer discussing visual representations of the Emancipatio...
12/09/2015
Emancipation - Visual Culture of the American Civil War

See video, picture gallery, and slide presentation of Harold Holzer discussing visual representations of the Emancipation Proclamation, and Abraham Lincoln, on ASHP's Visual Culture of the American Civil War website, ashpc.ml/xbzmzn.

Listen to our latest podcast with Harold Holzer, Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, on the Iconogr...
12/01/2015
Harold Holzer: Iconography of Emancipation | ASHP/CML

Listen to our latest podcast with Harold Holzer, Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, on the Iconography of Emancipation http://ashpc.ml/ymv5x9

Harold Holzer, chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and the author of numerous books on Lincoln and the Civil War, talks about the visual representations of the emancipation proclamation as well as the images of Abraham Lincoln as emancipator. This talk took place on July 19, 2012…

Check out our latest podcast on Civil War graphic arts.  ashpc.ml/m926fq.
11/20/2015
Prints and Pictorial Ephemera at the Homefront during the Civil War | ASHP/CML

Check out our latest podcast on Civil War graphic arts. ashpc.ml/m926fq.

Georgia Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts at the American Antiquarian Society, discusses the methods, meanings, and uses of various types of printed Civil War ephemera, and how they were used to document, memorialize and shape public opinion about the war on the home front. This tal…

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