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Stephen Robertson on DIGITAL HARLEM: Race and Place in the 1920s (10/17/11)

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    Hi All,

    This event is sure to be of interest to many members of our group:

    Stephen Robertson, University of Sydney:
    DIGITAL HARLEM: Race and Place in the 1920s

    October 17, 2011, 7pm
    Skylight Room (9th floor)
    CUNY Graduate Center
    365 5th Ave

    Stephen Robertson will discuss the innovative website Digital Harlem, which presents a picture of everyday life in Harlem from 1925 to 1930, and the neighborhood it explores. Digital Harlem integrates archival and published material to provide information on the places that made up the neighborhood; events that occurred there, from assaults to automobile accidents, fires to basketball games, parades to divorce raids; and the lives of individual residents. In displaying sources on a historical map, it breaks new ground in taking advantage of the visual nature of the digital medium to make more comprehensible what they reveal about Harlem as a place, to offer a visualization of relationships and patterns, and to make space and place integral to historical analysis. Digital Harlem won the AHA’s 2010 Roy Rosenzweig Prize and the ALA’s 2010 ABC-CLIO Online History Award.

    Prof. Robertson is the author of Crimes Against Children: Sexual Violence and Legal Culture in New York City, 1880-1960, and co-author of Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars.

    Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in History, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, Gotham Center, and Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean.

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