Teaching U.S. History in the Age of New Media
An Academic Conference
Friday November 17, 2005
1 – 5 P.M.
Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
34th and Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Sam Wineburg, Stanford University
A conference to celebrate the completion of the new media project: Investigating U.S. History. Faculty members from across City University of New York campuses have worked together to create and test interactive multimedia "lab" modules for use in the introductory college U.S. history survey. The idea is to let students "do history" with the growing amount of wonderful online archival materials and directing the use of primary sources through sophisticated inquiry based activities developed by faculty. The modules utilize a rich array of resources including Presidential audio tape excerpts from JFK and LBJ, photographs and folk music of the 1930s, and religious tracts from the nineteenth century.
The public launch of Investigating U.S. History offers college and secondary school faculty and other interested folks the opportunity to discuss the state of teaching U.S. history in the age of multimedia. This half-day academic conference on Friday November 17th features Stanford University’s Sam Wineburg, author of groundbreaking work on how historians know what they know — Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts (Temple, 2001). Professor Wineburg will address the plenary on “Seeing Thinking.” Faculty module developers will present and discuss their modules during intermission, and we will conclude with breakout discussion sessions on approaches to teaching U.S. historical periods and themes.
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