Center Focuses on Women in History through New Grant

Posted: May 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) will continue to provide assistance to teachers and educators around the world with its latest web project, Women, World History, and the Web. The project will be funded by an Exemplary Education Projects grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Women, World History, and the Web will focus on the study of gender and will complement World History Matters, one of the center’s current projects. According to Kelly Schrum, CHNM assistant director, the project features curriculum modules, a resource for locating educational web sites, information about reading and analyzing primary documents, and case studies of teaching about women in the world through primary sources. The project’s committee members also will update primary resources from the Upper Midwest Women’s History Center, a leading resource center on women’s history, and make the materials available online.

Schrum notes that finding primary sources for teaching is a challenge for world history teachers, and finding materials on gender issues is even more difficult. “There are so few materials available on women in world history, especially online,” she says. “We want to provide easy, free access to these materials for educators.”

George Mason history faculty members, including Schrum, Roy Rosenzweig, T. Mills Kelly, and Provost Peter Stearns, will participate in the research and writing of the project. The web project also will have input from other professors and scholars outside the university. More information about the center can be found here.

Women, World History, and the Web was one of 16 projects—and the only world history-themed venture—accepted for funding out of more than 170 applicants. Since 1994, the Center for History and New Media has used digital media and computer technology to change the ways that people—scholars, students, and the general public—learn about and use the past. CHNM’s work has been recognized with major awards from the American Historical Association and other national organizations, as well as grants from the Sloan, Rockefeller, Gould, Delmas, and Kellogg Foundations. In 2000, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a challenge grant to create a $2 million endowment to support and expand the work of the center.

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