When navigating an exceptionally demanding moment for history educators, the simplest tools are the best.
By making writing a centerpiece of teaching history, time spent preparing for class functions in service of, rather than in competition with, one's own writing projects.
HUMN 222 takes on The New York Times challenge to reframe American history, to consider the possibility that the origin of this country can be traced to 1619, the year that marks the arrival of the first Africans (from the land that would become Angola) to the land that would become America in all its defining contradictions.
LGBTQIA+ history deserves a place in the modern K-12 curriculum. This piece includes a rationale and resources for educators working to make their courses more inclusive by incorporating LGBTQIA+ voices.
Course Description This course examines what it means to be an American and why the criterion for becoming an American has changed throughout U.S. history. We will consider why immigrants and migrants were (and are currently) perceived as racial and ethnic “others” and think critically about what it means to be a multiracial, multiethnic, and... Continue Reading →
Course Description With the recent 2016 presidential election in mind, this course uses the history of American presidential elections to examine how gender has shaped campaign issues and outcomes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Presidential candidates throughout US history have used gendered rhetoric as a campaign strategy to appeal to voters; at different moments... Continue Reading →
This list of podcast episodes provides a jumping off point for those of you who are interested in using podcasts but are intimidated by the sheer number of options out there and don’t know where to start.
So, you've been persuaded of the merits of teaching a class on digital history (or you've been wrangled into teaching one by your department), but how do you actually go about building a digital history class? Here are some ideas and suggestions to get you started. Do some reading on the relationship between digital history... Continue Reading →
This course introduces students to digital history. It begins by exploring digital history’s relationship to public history and digital humanities. Throughout the course students will explore digital history collections and blogs, writing reviews of digital history sites of their choice. This course aims to strike a balance between students, on the one hand, understanding and exploring the scope of digital history, and on the other, presenting their work digitally.