STANTON SHARP TEACHING SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, February 9, 2008
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the Clements Dept. of History
Southern Methodist University
9:00-10:30 a.m. SESSION I
World Wide Web to Teach U.S. Cultural History"
Professor Alexis McCrossen
156 Dallas Hall
The World Wide Web has opened up
the horizons for teaching and researching U.S. cultural history. Today we can,
among many possibilities, tour a virtual version of P.T. Barnum’s “American
Museum,” investigate the nooks and crannies of the 1893 World’s Fair, read
theater reviews in hundreds of newspapers, listen to audio-clips of early radio
broadcasts, pour through vast collections of photographs, watch the earliest
television broadcasts, let alone read millions of pages of popular literature.
Possibilities for exciting and deep learning, as well as original,
well-researched papers, abound. This teaching session is designed to share
tactics for teaching U.S. History, particularly cultural history, using
materials available on the World Wide Web.
Alexis McCrossen has been incorporating materials available on the WWW into her courses on the history of cultural institutions, consumer culture, and twentieth-century U.S. history since joining SMU’s faculty in 1995.