The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath: an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers @ The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Jul 9 – Jul 20 all-day

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week summer institute in July 2018 for 25 college and university teachers to study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. The institute will focus on the era’s array of visual media—including the fine arts, ephemera, photography, cartoons, maps, and monuments—to examine how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ views on both sides of and before and after the conflict. Participants will hear lectures by noted historians, art historians, and archivists and attend hands-on sessions in major museums and archives. A team of three institute faculty that represents the range of work in the field will introduce participants to the rich body of new scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War and postwar visual culture, prompt them to do further research, and help them to use visual evidence to enhance their scholarship and teaching about the war and its short- and long-term effects.

Media Literacy Summer Workshop @ Newseum
Jul 25 @ 9:30 am – Jul 27 @ 4:30 pm

This intensive 3-day training will give social studies teachers the skills, practice, pedagogy, inspiration and materials to effectively and continually integrate habits of inquiry and critical thinking into the social studies curriculum. 


Wednesday July 25, 9:30-4:30

Overview of the training, integration plan and practice sessions.  Introduction to “media,” teen media use, media literacy, Constructivist Media Decoding (CMD), and application to the C3 Framework (questioning, applying evidence, developing conclusions).  Writing CMD activity plans.  Newseum workshop:  Resources.

Thursday July 26, 9:30-4:30

Return to key issues raised on Monday, e.g. the challenges of teaching relevant, engaging, standards and inquiry-based activities about complex social content. Research on confirmation bias and teaching metacognition.  Tips for Decoding including Do No Harm, dealing with our own bias, engaging all students, copyright and fair-use, and integrating Project-Based-Learning with media literacy.  Additional approaches to media literacy integration. Newseum workshop:  Fake News.  Work time to prepare for Wednesday’s presentations.

Friday July 27, 9:30-4:30

TBD workshops related to the key issues from the institute (e.g. facilitating challenging conversations, skepticism vs. cynicism, staff development in our schools) with simultaneous small groups where participants lead decoding sessions. Newseum workshop:  Ethics and Journalism.   Participants share their integration plans for the school year.

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting @ Marriott Wardman Park
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm
Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference 2018 “Revolutionary Nonviolence in Violent Times” @ Arcadia University
Sep 27 @ 7:00 am – Sep 30 @ 10:00 pm

The 2018 conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association will be hosted by the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at Arcadia University in Glenside/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference will run from September 28-30 2018, with full day pre-conference events and a keynote September 27.

Both today and fifty years ago, violence and nonviolence were used as tactics as well as strategies. One might argue progress towards peace evades us. It isn’t particularly clear how to bring about sustainable change and progress. Are our notions and definitions of what constitutes violence and nonviolence oversimplified? What exactly has changed, if anything? What does revolutionary nonviolence, pacifism, and militancy look like then compared to now? How do we understand these terms and definitions today? How is revolutionary nonviolence expressed, practiced or utilized in this current political environment? What lessons and ideas still resonate? From the passive to the coercive, and from the Gandhian to the guerrilla, what are effective means of struggle today, and how are they different from the past?

BMore Historic Unconference @ Baltimore Museum of Industry
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Bmore Historic is a participant-led unconference for scholars, students, professionals and volunteers who care about public history, historic preservation and cultural heritage in the Baltimore region. Bmore Historic is an opportunity to connect with local historians, humanities scholars, preservation advocates, museum professionals, archivists, and anyone interested in exploring the vital intersections between people, places and the past in Baltimore and Maryland. We’re bringing people together and you set the agenda.

Historians, preservationists, museum professionals, archivists and librarians and anyone who is excited about historic places are welcome. This event is not limited just to scholars or professionals. Students, volunteer preservation activists, Main Street board members, museum docents, educators and others are all encouraged to register and attend.