Tag Archives: Center for History and New Media

Remembering April 16th

One year ago today, 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty lost their lives in the worst school shooting in our nation’s history. Tech will be honoring the victims of this tragedy today with special events and webcasts. And a dedicated web site will continue the remembrance in the future.

Shortly after the events of a year ago, the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech along with the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University created the April 16 Archive to be used for “collecting and preserving the stories of the Virginia Tech tragedy.”

Over the past year the archive has grown into a diverse collection of over 1,600 items: op-eds and articles (in English, Romanian, Spanish, German, Korean, Chinese, and more), blog posts, poetry and artwork, screenshots from Second Life, audio, original/official university e-mails, and more.

What We’re Reading: February 7, 2008 Edition

Stretching the “what we’re reading” idea a bit, this post begins by pointing to the Making History Podcast Blog, where AHA president-elect Laurel Thatcher Ulrich reads from her book Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Also noted this week are articles on the Holocaust Museum’s assistance with the International Tracing Service’s archive, a new book on the 9/11 Commission, British teenagers’ misconceptions of who is real and who is not, and a look at text-mining with the Center for History and New Media (CHNM).

February 7, 2008

American Historical Association and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University Announce New Prize

Roy Rosenzweig Prize in History and New Media Established in Professor’s Memory

FAIRFAX, VA. — The American Historical Association (AHA) and the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University have agreed to institute a joint "Roy Rosenzweig Prize in History and New Media." The Rosenzweig Prize will be awarded annually for an innovative and freely available new media project that reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history.

Rosenzweig died from cancer on 11 October 2007.

January 14, 2008

What We’re Reading: December 20, 2007 Edition

Among the articles selected for this week’s “What We’re Reading” is an Inside Higher Ed piece on a new project between the Center for History and New Media at George Mason and the Internet Archive. Furthermore, we link to Dan Cohen’s blog where he explains the project in more detail. Also from Inside Higher Ed, comes a look at new efforts at Harvard to cut down the time it takes doctoral candidates to complete their degrees. And keep reading to find articles on publishing the Founding Fathers’ papers, questioning the role of the research assistant, the deaths of two historians, and good news for a former AHA staff member.

December 20, 2007

What We’re Reading: November 22, 2007 Edition

We start off this week with reactions to the National Endowment of the Arts report on the state of Americans’ reading habits. If these trends continue it may be a troubling signal for the country in general and the history profession specifically.

Then continue on to the other articles we’ve read this week, including a timely article on the history of turkey pardons, a historian’s exciting discovery of new pictures of Lincoln at Gettysburg, new developments at the Center for History and New Media, an oral historian reflecting on his own life, and finally a historian’s endorsement of the "Smallest Publishable Unit."

To Read or Not to Read – The NEA Report
A recent report from the National Endowment of the Arts offers worrisome findings about American’s declining interest and ability to read “lengthy, complex, abstract prose texts.” Are things as bad as they seem?

November 22, 2007

GMU Awarded $7.5 Million for National History Education Clearinghouse

George Mason University announced yesterday that it has been awarded $7.5 million by the U.S. Department of Education to build a National History Education Clearinghouse that “will focus on historical thinking and learning” and “help K-12 history teachers become more effective educators.” The online content of the Clearinghouse will be maintained by GMU’s Center for History and New Media (CHNM), but there will be offline components as well. Partners with GMU on this project include the AHA, Stanford University, and the National History Center.