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.
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.”
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.
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.
Members of the Center’s 2017–18 Teacher Advisory Council gathered for a two-day orientation and planning meeting on September 7 and 8, 2017. Selected from schools in twelve states, the Teacher Advisory Council is a 14-member board that supports the Education Programs of the National Humanities Center for a one-year term of service. Chosen to represent multiple disciplines in the humanities, these teacher leaders accept an active role in the development, evaluation, and promotion of NHC materials and projects.
What does it mean to think geographically? How do we foster geoliteracy in classrooms? In this podcast, Edward Kinman, professor of geography at Longwood University, and Megan Webster, Social Studies Department Chair at J. J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, discuss how geography helps students understand the world more fully. Specifically, they discuss the ways that geography helps students understand interconnected systems—natural, cultural, economic, technological—issues of scale, and relationships between the local and the global.
“Fake news.” Political polls. Twitter. Big data. Institutional mistrust. Civic responsibility. How do learners sort through it all? In this podcast, Daniel Palazzolo, professor of political science at the University of Richmond, and Patrick Touart, Social Studies Department Chairman at Tunstall High School in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, compare notes on how students make sense—or don’t make sense—of political science in the 21st century.
The National Humanities Center has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a new program designed to improve teaching about the Vietnam War. The grant, totaling $158,283, will help fund a two-week, interdisciplinary institute for high school teachers to be held at the NHC next summer. The summer institute is one of several initiatives currently underway at the National Humanities Center to promote a deeper understanding of this complex period in Cold War-era history.