How has the study and teaching of world history been transformed by the proliferation of digital tools? In this podcast, Elizabeth Mulcahy, social studies teacher in Albemarle County, VA, and Molly Warsh, assistant professor of world history at the University of Pittsburgh, discuss the ways new technologies expand the possibilities for exploring world history, how those changes shape thinking, and the positives and negatives associated with readily accessed information.Read More
Elizabeth Mulcahy and Molly Warsh, “How to Think (and Teach) About World History in the Digital Age”
What are the habits of mind specific to art historians? How does their practice, centered around the careful observation of artistic works, provide a basis for the questions they ask? In this podcast, Teresa Assenzo, director of visual arts at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC, and Morna O’Neill, associate professor of art history at Wake Forest University, demonstrate the ways art historians interpret artists’ works and situate them within larger greater historical and cultural contexts through an in-depth conversation about Claude Monet’s painting “The Gare Saint-Lazare.”Read More
In the wake of the American Revolution, political leaders insisted that their new republic could not survive without improved and more comprehensive public education meant to create better informed citizens. But the push for educational reform often ran afoul of local legislators and voters, who balked at the taxes needed to fund expanded systems of education. In his talk, historian Alan Taylor will discuss this intriguing irony—that republican reliance on popular sovereignty complicated efforts by elites to improve voters through education.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Alan Taylor, University of Virginia
On September 1, 1939, the British government launched a program ominously codenamed Operation Pied Piper, whereby thousands of children were evacuated from the cities to the countryside. This operation brought class conflict into the foreground, laying bare the drastic inequalities of British society, but also provided the foundations for the development of child psychoanalysis. This talk by Maud Ellman examines the impact of the evacuation crisis on psychoanalytic theories of the child, comparing these to the depiction of children in wartime fiction.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Maud Ellmann, University of Chicago
Mapping the American Experience is a collaboration between the National Humanities Center and central North Carolina school districts to create professional development training for K–12 educators on the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology in teaching and scholarship. With a focus on geoliteracy skills as they apply to the humanities, each training session will support the integration and application of Esri GIS services to curriculum and classroom. This institute will focus on the integration and application of GIS tools for teachers new to the field as well as those experienced with GIS technology.Read More
North Carolina: The New American Heartland is a multi-dimensional initiative—highlighted by a three-day gathering on September 27–29, 2017—enlisting scholars, artists, journalists, educators, policy experts, activists, community leaders, and others to critically consider North Carolina’s role as a bellwether for the nation. Through the lenses of food, music, and storytelling, the conference provided a forum for examining the state’s complex and myriad cultural identities and for exploring how the arts and humanities can help us better understand and face our shared challenges.Read More
How has the study and teaching of classics been changed by the proliferation of digital tools? In this podcast, Michael Fontaine, professor of classics at Cornell University, and Skye Shirley, Latin teacher at Newton Country Day School in Newton, Massachusetts, discuss the remarkably diverse ways the information age has rejuvenated the study of Latin and Greek—altering the ways ancient languages are taught, expanding opportunities for learning, and fostering a robust network among scholars, teachers, and students.Read More
AN OUTRAGE is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past. On September 19, 2017 the National Humanities Center hosted a public showing of AN OUTRAGE. After an introduction by documentarians Lance Warren and Hannah Ayers and a screening of the film, panelists led an in-depth discussion about the key issues facing educators as they engage with this content in their classrooms.Read More