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ME-50005-12

American Historical Association (Washington, DC 20003-3889)
Robert Townsend (Project Director: 08/30/2011 to 08/28/2013)
James Grossman (Project Director: 08/27/2013 to present)

American History, Atlantic and Pacific: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project

A cooperative agreement for a multi-year project for faculty and academic administrators from twelve community colleges to integrate the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds into the U. S. history survey course.

Building upon a three-year study of history teaching at community colleges, the American Historical Association (AHA) helps instructors take an international approach to the U.S. history survey, one of the most widely taught humanities courses on community college campuses. The project opens with a conference at the Huntington Library, where participating community college faculty members study the history and cultures of the Pacific Rim in relation to North America from 1600 to 1850. They spend the next year exploring ways to incorporate the new material into their survey courses. A second conference - to be held at the Library of Congress - similarly takes up the Atlantic World from 1450 to 1850. Following this conference, participants implement their course revisions. A third conference in New York City serves as a showcase for presentations on results. William Deverell (University of Southern California) leads the study of the Pacific Rim, and Philip Morgan (Johns Hopkins University) leads the study of the Atlantic World. They present at the conferences and take part in online seminars, along with faculty mentors Cheryll Cody (Houston Community College, Southwest) and Kevin Reilly (Raritan Valley College). Core readings include works by David Abulafia, David Armitage, Bernard Bailyn, Jean Heffer, Patrick Kirch, and Matt Matsuda, among others. Participants also have opportunities to work with the collections at the Huntington Library and the Library of Congress.

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$359,844 (approved)
$359,844 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2012 – 6/30/2016