Bridging Cultures

Supported by a grant from the NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative, the AHA's "American History, Atlantic and Pacific" professional development program for Community College faculty promotes a global perspective on US history at the country's increasingly diverse two-year institutions.  The program draws on a generation of innovative scholarship that has reframed the origins of the US within a broad geographical and chronological context. Participants worked to create or revise US history courses with lessons, units, and other work that deepens teaching on the US in the world. Learn more.

Experiments with PechaKucha

Bridging Cultures participant Shannon Bontrager used the PechaKucha presentation format to get his students to engage in conversation about their research projects in a Mellow Mushroom full of excited administrators, teachers, and parents. Read about how this innovative approach to a U.S. history course went on AHA Today.

Experiments with PechaKucha

The AHA’s Bridging Cultures Project at the Library of Congress

Bridging Cultures at the LOC

The polar vortex that crippled much of the US in early January was no match for 24 intrepid historians participating in the AHA's Bridging Cultures seminar, "US and Atlantic History, 1450-1850," held January 5-10 in Washington, DC. Braving wind chills that went below zero and bundled in parkas and scarves, these professors from community colleges across the country (including the tropical climes of Hawaii) made the daily trek to the Library of Congress for five days of lectures, discussions, and research in the library's vast collections.

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