August 20, 2007
By Elisabeth Grant
The National History Center (NHC) “promotes research, teaching, and learning in all fields of history” by many means, including: seminars, conferences, Congressional events, and more. Now anyone can experience these events through video presentations available on their web site.
In the Congressional Events section of the NHC site you’ll find video of James Rodger Fleming, professor of science, technology, and society at Colby College, presenting "A Historical Perspective on Climate Change." Also available is video of Christine Kim, assistant professor of history at Georgetown University, giving a talk on a "Brief History of U.S. – Korea Relations". These two presentations were part of the National History Center’s Congressional Briefings, which are designed to provide historical context and perspective on current issues for policy makers and members of their staff.
For those interested in the teaching of history, venture to the NHC’s Conferences page to see presentations from the “Reforming History Education: New Research on Teaching and Learning” conference that took place this past June. All the papers from the conference are available on that page in PDF form, along video of the following presentations:
- "Putting the Pieces Together (Again?): History Teachers Education As A University-Wide Task"
Robert B. Bain, University of Michigan
- "The Impacts of History Learning Research: Achievements, Gaps, and Implications”
Peter N. Stearns, George Mason University
- “History Assessments and Elementary and Secondary Education,” by Maris A. Vinovskis, University of Michigan
And be sure to check back with the National History Center to keep up to date with the many events they offer that are open to the public.