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A purposefully prosaic approach to digital pedagogy, or stealthing digitally

| October 21, 2014

As a result of my involvement with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), I’m often asked how to introduce students to learning digitally. I have to confess I am tempted to answer, rather unhelpfully, digital pedagogy changes everything changes nothing. The more teaching I do digitally, the more I learn how to teach digitally, but I am always doing the same thing, facilitating student learning. The following tips build on the excellent work done for NITLE by Rebecca Frost Davis, Katherine D. Harris, Lisa Spiro, Kathryn Tomasek, and Adeline Koh and Jesse Stommel at Hybrid Pedagogy.

The Great River-to-River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Walking Tour of Philadelphia: Or Why My Feet Hurt

| October 14, 2014

When I heard about the annual Great River-to-River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Walking Tour of Philadelphia I knew I had to skip a day of schoolwork to go. Even though my feet still hurt days later, it was definitely worth a twelve-hour urban trek for the chance to see several experienced guides in action, to learn about innumerable city sites, to run through a range of small but fascinating museums, and even to listen to costumed interpreters portraying key historical figures including founder William Penn, patriot Dr. Benjamin Rush, and political martyr Octavius Catto.

Through a Lens, Clearly: The Civil Rights Movement in the Camera’s Eye

| October 6, 2014

By Gail Friedman It has been more than 50 years since television news and picture magazines began bringing into American living rooms a spate of searing images from Little Rock, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Washington, D.C., heightening the visibility and

A Sad Summer

| September 30, 2014

In the past month and a half, we studiers and practitioners of historic preservation and historic trades lost two important people who contributed immeasurably to our understanding of the past. At the end of July, suddenly and without warning, Jay

Summer Fruits of the Humanities

| September 23, 2014

Recent observances around the on-going 150th anniversary of the Civil War have highlighted the great popular interest in how war affected the lives of everyday people. New Jersey now has a window into everyday lives during the American Revolution, thanks to the good work of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

Pinterest for Public History

| September 16, 2014

Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board to which users “pin” images. With 25 million users and the ability to drive more clicks than any other social media site, including Facebook, Pinterest is an alluring platform for public history. In June I offered a workshop at MARCH aimed at small- to medium-sized organizations with new users who have limited time to devote to social media.

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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA

Based at MARCH, with numerous community partners, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a civic project to increase understanding of one of America’s greatest cities. From abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoos (with cheesesteaks, rowhouses, and hundreds of other topics in between), the digital Encyclopedia and print volume will offer the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region.

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Oct
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12:15 pm Feminist Art History Conference @ American University
Feminist Art History Conference @ American University
Oct 31 @ 12:15 pm – Nov 2 @ 1:15 pm
Announcing the Fifth Annual FEMINIST ART HISTORY CONFERENCE at American University in Washington, DC, Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2, 2014. This annual conference builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and
Nov
1
Sat
all-day CFP: Fourth Biennial Interdiscip... @ Deadline
CFP: Fourth Biennial Interdiscip... @ Deadline
Nov 1 all-day
From H-New Jersey: The Fourth Biennial Conference on Race, The Criminalization of Race in History and Global Societies: Social Activism and Equal Justice, will be held April 16-18, 2015 at Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey.  The planning committee has
Nov
4
Tue
all-day Pennsylvania Historical Associat...
Pennsylvania Historical Associat...
Nov 4 – Nov 7 all-day
The Pennsylvania Historical Association has announced the dates of its 2014 Annual Meeting.  The conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from November 4-6.  The calls for paper, panel, and poster submissions can be found at the conference website.   Conference information will
Nov
6
Thu
all-day 7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenber... @ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenber... @ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Nov 6 – Nov 8 all-day
From MuseWeekly: In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies
1:00 pm 25th Annual MAPACA Conference @ Lord Baltimore Hotel
25th Annual MAPACA Conference @ Lord Baltimore Hotel
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 8 @ 2:00 pm
From mapaca.net: November 6-8, 2014 Baltimore, MD Lord Baltimore Hotel You are invited to celebrate the 25th annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association at the newly renovated Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to

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