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A purposefully prosaic approach to digital pedagogy, or stealthing digitally

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.

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Pinterest for Public History

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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Home Before The Leaves Fall

“Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War 1914-1918,” a collaborative commemoration of World War I by heritage and educational institutions through the City of Philadelphia, kicked off at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on June 26. Peter John Williams, author of a pictorial history, Philadelphia The War Years delivered a talk that highlighted Philadelphia’s importance as the third largest city in the United States at the start of World War I and as a manufacturing powerhouse known as the “workshop of the world.” Nearly 60, 000 Philadelphia men and 2,000 Philadelphia women served in World War I and thousands more worked in factories and shipyards supporting the war effort. A large naval yard, munitions manufacturing, and an aviation training facility transformed Philadelphia during the years of the Great War into fully mobilized war time economy more commonly associated with the World War II home front.

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5 steps to a successful digital history project

In a recent post for Public History Commons, Lara Kelland highlighted “the potential for the democratization of historical knowledge made possible by digital tools and the role of public historians in this process.” Like Kelland, I find the marriage of

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Public/Digital | History/Humanities: Conceptualizing the Digital Public Humanities

On February 20, 2014, I gave a talk at Lehigh University in Bethelehem, PA with the rather unwieldy title of Public/Digital | History/Humanities: Conceptualizing the Digital Public Humanities. As I explained to Julia Maserjian, Digital Scholarship Project Manager at Lehigh’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, who invited me to speak at Lehigh, it was really important to keep that little | symbol in between two parts of my title. That symbol—called a pipe—is used in the UNIX operating system and has a very particular meaning that I wanted to use as to frame my remarks. I’m no UNIX programmer, but when I was about ten years old my father, who is an electrical engineer and knew that I was interested in computers, told me that I should teach myself UNIX. “It’ll be useful,” he said, while handing me an approximately 700 page book on UNIX written for adults with some background in programming.

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Camilo José Vergara ReceivesNational Humanities Medal

On Wednesday, July 10, President Barack Obama presented 2012 National Humanities Medals to twelve Americans for their achievements in history, literature, higher education, social documentary and cultural criticism.  Medals were presented to historians Edward L. Ayers and Natalie Zemon Davis;

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Project post: The Quest to Engage the Public in Scholarly Conversations Online

How can the internet change the way that we conduct research in the humanities? This is a question that scholars have been asking since the earliest days of the web, but as our own relationship with the internet develops through

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CFP: Public History in the Digital Age

The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) and Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) have announced a joint conference to be held April 4-5, 2013 at the National Archives II in College Park, Maryland. The program committee

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Call for Public Humanities Bloggers(Deadline for Submissions November 2)

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden seeks bloggers on issues and trends in public humanities.  Since the inception of the MARCH website, bloggers have written on such diverse topics as living history, copyright law, project management,

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CHAT Digital Humanities Lectures at Temple University

From the Center for Humanities at Temple: The Center for Humanities at Temple has announced its program schedule for this academic year. Digital Humanities in Theory is a series of lectures featuring innovative thinkers in the Digital Humanities today. Jeffrey

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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.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR

Dec
3
Wed
12:30 pm American Anthropological Associa...
American Anthropological Associa...
Dec 3 @ 12:30 pm – Dec 7 @ 1:30 pm
From the American Anthropological Association: The American Anthropological Association will hold its 113th annual conference,  Producing Anthropology, in Washington, D.C. from December 3-7.  More information will be available on the conference website at: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/index.cfm
Dec
15
Mon
all-day CFP: Retooling Remembrances @ Deadline
CFP: Retooling Remembrances @ Deadline
Dec 15 all-day
From H-Net: The planning committee for the conference Retooling Remembrances: Technology and Memory are seeking papers proposals about technology and memory in the American experience from the colonial period to the recent past.  The conference will be held April 18, 2015,
Jan
2
Fri
9:00 am American Catholic Historical Ass...
American Catholic Historical Ass...
Jan 2 @ 9:00 am – Jan 5 @ 10:00 am
The American Catholic HIstorical Association has announced the dates of its 2015 conference.  The event will be held January 2-5, 2015 in New York, New York. Event information will be updated at: http://www.achahistory.org/conferences/
12:00 pm American Historical Association ...
American Historical Association ...
Jan 2 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm
The American Historical Association’s 2015 meeting, “History and the Other Disciplines” will be held January 2-5, 2015 in New York, New York.  Details will be added as they are available.  Please visit the conference site: https://www.historians.org/annual-meeting  
Jan
5
Mon
all-day CFP: Oral History in the Mid-Atl... @ Deadline
CFP: Oral History in the Mid-Atl... @ Deadline
Jan 5 all-day
From H:OralHist: OHMAR is delighted to accept proposals for its 2015 annual meeting around this year’s theme,“Oral History and Health.” OHMAR invites participants to interpret the conference theme broadly. Some ideas are below. The topics are meant to inspire creativity

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