Department of Education awards CHNM two Teaching American History Grants

CHNM, in partnership with eight Northern Virginia school districts, received two three-year Teaching American History grants from the Department of Education in October 2003. Creating a More Perfect Community, a joint project with Alexandria City Public Schools, provides U.S. history instructors with professional development focused on content and skills specifically related to teaching history, including the use of primary sources and new media. Peopling the American Past, a partnership with Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Manassas City, Orange, and Winchester school districts, similarly provides professional development centered on improving the teaching of U.S. history in elementary, middle, and high schools. The project also involves Special Education and ESL teachers who incorporate U.S. history content into their curricula.

CHNM co-hosts forum on website design

In October 2003, CHNM and Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship hosted “What Can Good Web Design Do for Humanities Projects: Reflections and Case Studies.” The forum provided an opportunity for scholars, designers, and interested students to discuss how technical design as expressed through the web encouraged or discouraged learning. Brad Johnson of Second Story reviewed sites his company has produced, showing how advanced designs that harnessed such technology as Flash enabled users to simulate experiences such as touring Egyptian tombs. George Mason University Professors Michael O’Malley and Paula Petrik discussed the importance of not just using the web as a bulletin board, but of harnessing the medium’s capacity to stimulate unmediated learning among students and multi-sensory presentation of historical materials.

What Can Good Web Design Do for Humanities Projects? Reflections and Case Studies

This fall’s Washington DC Area Forum on Technology and the Humanities focuses on “What Can Good Web Design Do for Humanities Projects: Reflections and Case Studies.”

Our panelists are Brad Johnson, Creative Director, and Julie Beeler, Studio Director, of Second Story (http://www.secondstory.com) and Mike O’Malley and Paula Petrik, Associate Directors, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.

We will meet at George Mason University’s (GMU) Johnson Center, Assembly Room A, on Thursday, October 2, 2002 from 4:30-6:30 PM. There will be an informal dinner after the forum. The cost for the dinner (Thai food) will be $10. Please RSVP for dinner by 25 September to Joan Fragaszy (jfragasz@gmu.edu).

Co-sponsored by the Center for History & New Media (CHNM) at GMU and the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown, the DC Area Technology and Humanities Forum explores important issues in humanities computing and provide an opportunity for DC area scholars interested the uses of new technology in the humanities to meet and get acquainted.

You can find directions to GMU at http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html (This includes directions to the CUE Bus, which goes from the Vienna Metro Stop to the Campus.) Parking information is at http://www.gmu.edu/univserv/parking/Visitors.html. And a campus map is (more…)

New York City blackout renews attention to CHNM project

Following the massive power outages that hit the northeastern United States in August 2003, The Blackout Project – a CHNM website that covers the history of New York City’s great blackouts of 1965 and 1977 – received sudden, unprecedented attention. The news media as well and those who remember the earlier blackouts came to the site to learn more and to reminisce. Almost a hundred people added their stories to the growing oral history archive on the site.

Roy Rosenzweig receives Lyman Award from the National Humanities Center

The second Richard W. Lyman Award was given today to CHNM Director Roy Rosenzweig. Presented by the National Humanities Center, the Lyman Award recognizes the innovative use of information technology in humanistic scholarship and teaching.

“The Lyman Award continues to recognize scholarly achievement of unusual merit and impact,” said James J. O’Donnell, Georgetown University provost and chair of the Lyman Award selection committee. “Roy Rosenzweig’s work creatively uses new tools to reach broader audiences and to affect those audiences more deeply. In so doing, he sets an example for historians and for scholars more generally of critical engagement and effective communication.”

Dr Rosenzweig accepted the award during a ceremony and reception at the Library of Congress.

See http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us/news/prlymanaward2003.htm for the full press release.

See http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us/lymanaward/lymanaward.htm for more information about the Lyman Award.

Second DC Area Forum on Technology and the Humanities

Co-sponsored by the Center for History & New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University and the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown, these periodic forums will explore important issues in humanities computing and provide an opportunity for DC area scholars interested in the uses of new technology in the humanities to meet and get acquainted.

Our forum, the second in the series, will consider: “Making Digital Narratives: Archive and Story in New Media”

How do we connect narratives to archives in digital spaces? How do the presentations of digital collections change narrative possibilities or even challenge the idea of narrative and authority? How do the tensions between stories and archives change the roles of curators, teachers, and other humanities practitioners?

The two panelists will be Judy Gradwohl (Smithsonian National Museum of American History) and Bill Tally (Center for Children and Technology, NYC). Vigorous and engaging discussion by the audience will follow.

The Forum will be held at Georgetown University. We will meet in Lauinger Library (The Murray Room, 5th Floor. You must have a valid ID/Drivers license, etc to enter). Off the main quad near Healy Circle: 37th and 0 Streets NW.

An informal dinner will follow. The (more…)

Washington DC Area Forum on Technology and the Humanities

Co-sponsored by the Center for History & New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University and the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown, these periodic forums will explore important issues in humanities computing and provide an opportunity for DC area scholars interested the uses of new technology in the humanities to meet and get acquainted.

Our first forum will consider “XML and the Humanities: Possibilities and Limitations.” The three panelists will be Daniel Cohen, CHNM; Eddie Maloney, CNDLS; and Will Thomas, Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia.

We will meet at George Mason University’s Johnson Center, Assembly Room D, on Thursday, October 17, 2002 from 4:30-6:30 PM.

There will be a dinner after the forum in Pohick Module. The cost for the dinner (Thai food) will be $10. Please RSVP for dinner by 10 October to jsafley@gmu.edu

You can find directions to GMU at http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

Parking information is at http://www.gmu.edu/univserv/parking/Visitors.html

A campus map is at http://coyote.gmu.edu/map/

September 11 Digital Archive Launched

The Center for History and New Media at GMU has just launched the September 11 Digital Archive (http://911digitalarchive.org) to preserve the history of September 11 by creating a permanent digital record of the 9/11 events and the responses to those events. They need the help of the GMU community–and that of friends, family, and neighbors–to make this important project a reality. They are asking people to contribute personal accounts and recollections at http://911digitalarchive.org/stories/add.html. The experiences need not have been at or near the Pentagon or the World Trade Center, nor do they need to be heroic or harrowing personal tales. These can be very short or much longer reminiscences about how you were affected by the 9/11 events. In addition to personal recollections, they are providing a simple way online to archive email messages (at http://911digitalarchive.org/email/add.html) that people wrote or received about the events and a repository of digital images (at http://911digitalarchive.org/images/add.html), where people can easily place the pictures they took or received of the 9/11 events. Please contribute your own personal experiences or emails and encourage others to participate as well.

The September 11 Digital Archive is funded by a major grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and organized by (more…)