Center Launches Online Courses for Teachers

The NHC has launched the first in a new series of online courses for teachers exploring “Digital Literacy in the Classroom.” In this five-week online course, educators will explore digital literacy through a humanities lens, considering how media has evolved in the digital age, how its messages shape our citizenry, and how this understanding can be effectively conveyed in a classroom setting.

Creating and Performing Stories in the Humanities and Sciences

The humanities and sciences are often viewed as distinct and separate areas of inquiry. Yet whether we study history, chemistry, philosophy, or physics, our overarching methodology is similar in that it involves gathering data and constructing narratives—i.e. telling stories. A way of framing our overlap is by seeing the humanities and sciences as (1) guided by evidence, (2) subject to interpretation, and (3) open to revision. This one-day symposium on April 7, 2018 was an opportunity for humanists and scientists to come together to explore our commonalities and learn from each other.

Teacher Advisory Council 2017

Humanities in Class: Critical Inquiry and Classroom Practice in the Information Age

This hands-on session with Andy Mink, NHC Vice President for Education Programs, featured guides and resources in support of disciplinary practice—including U.S. and world history, English language and literature, music, art history, classics, geography, civics, and philosophy. Participants received new digital resources with classroom-ready materials as well as opportunities for new workshops and seminars.

Nancy Gardner and Patricia Matthew, “How to Teach English Literature and Writing in the Digital Age”

How has the digital environment changed the way English is taught at the high school and college level? What kinds of possibilities have been generated and new challenges presented? In this podcast,​ ​Nancy Gardner, with the Center for Teaching Quality, and​ ​Patricia Matthew,​ ​associate professor of English at Montclair State University, discuss​ ​the advantages and anxieties that accompany the use of digital technologies to support the study of literature and instruction in writing.

Omar Ali and Andromeda Crowell, "How to Integrate Humanities and STEM in the Classroom"

How can teachers help students draw connections between humanities and STEM subjects? In this podcast, Omar Ali, professor of history and Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Andromeda Crowell, who teaches science at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC, discuss similarities in the ways historians and scientists approach the process of discovery. They also consider how digital technologies have made it easier for students to think and act like researchers, regardless of discipline, in a classroom setting.

HTTL: Musicologist

Ben Wides and Warren Zanes, "How to Think Like a Musicologist"

How should the study and teaching of music be integrated into K-12 classrooms? In this podcast, Ben Wides, who teaches social studies at East Side Community High School in New York, NY, and Warren Zanes, former executive director of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, discuss the benefits of music education for all students and the ways that music can be used in the teaching of other subjects to help students make connections and appreciate cultural context. They also consider some of the opportunities and challenges presented by new technologies that provide ready access to extensive musical resources.

Michael Burroughs and Allison Cohen, "How to Think Like a Philosopher in the Digital Age"

How have technological innovations helped students and others engage with, and better understand, longstanding philosophical questions? How does philosophical training help us grapple with contemporary concerns surrounding technology and its influences on our lives and societies? In this podcast, Michael Burroughs, executive director of the​ ​Kegley Institute of Ethics and assistant professor of philosophy at California State University, Bakersfield, and Allison Cohen, who teaches Advanced Placement U.S. government and philosophy at Langley High School in McLean, VA discuss​ ​the ways technology has contributed to the study and teaching of philosophy.

How to Think​ ​(and Teach) About World History in the Digital Age

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.

How to Think Like an Art Historian

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.”