American Historical Association Program Promotes Global Perspective

An award-winning Jewish studies scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, Allison Schottenstein frequently presents her research at various organizations, including her recent lecture for the Jewish Community Center in Cincinnati titled, How Jewish People Helped During the Civil Rights Movement. Allison Schottenstein also maintains memberships with leading professional groups like the American Historical Association (AHA).

To its many other programs, the AHA recently added one designed for community college faculty development that advances an international perspective on U.S. history at two-year institutions. The program, American History, Atlantic and Pacific, will incorporate contemporary scholarship that has restaged the country’s origins using a comprehensive chronological and geographical context. In the program, participants will learn how to craft or revise U.S. history curriculum with units and lessons that explore the U.S. from a global perspective.

Two faculty members from twelve community colleges around the nation will engage in two annual learning institutes, along with online activities throughout the year and a final conference in New York City. To support the program, the AHA secured a three-year partnership agreement with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as a component of the “Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges” initiative.

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