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Optimizing the use of New Media in the Connected Classroom: New Tools and Instructional Design for Deeper Learning at Tufts
Principal Investigator: Kris Manjapra, School of Arts and Sciences

To develop, document and disseminate a suite of instructional design and digital tools to facilitate a long-distance "connected classroom" experience between Tufts students and BRAC University students in Bangladesh in spring 2014. These tools will have immediate potential for broad application across disciplines and schools at Tufts. The connected classroom will pair classrooms at Tufts and BRAC-U using videoconferencing, webconferencing and multimedia courseware to create a synchronous co-taught History course.

Students will engage in collaborative learning across global distance. The project will include the development of (1) the ability to port the prototyped Interactive Video Player to and from the Tufts Digital Library, (2) sharable instructional documentation for Multilinear Video Essays, (3) online tutorials and in-class instructional materials on informed and responsible research on the Open Web tailored for Tufts students, and (4) an assessment strategy using the new E-portfolio Trunk tool to record the attitudinal shifts among students who take part in the long-distance connected classroom.

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The Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at Tufts University: A Day of Remembrance
Please join the Tufts community in honoring and recognizing the victims of the Armenian Genocide
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 7:00pm
Goddard Chapel, Tufts University

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Lecture:
Scholarship and the Armenian Genocide: The State of the Art and the State of Denial
by Marc A. Mamigonian, Director of Academic Affairs, NAASR, and Tufts alumnus

The past two decades have witnessed a dramatic increase in the quantity and quality of scholarship on the Armenian Genocide, with a significant number of important works of documentation and interpretation. The development of ever-increasingly compelling scholarly works has been paralleled by the evolution of traditional strategies of denial practiced since the World War I era. While scholars have moved beyond simplistic questions of whether or not what occurred was a genocide, like tobacco industry lobbyists of the 1950s or today’s so-called global warming skeptics, apologists for the “Turkish position” labor to construct denialism as a legitimate intellectual position within a historical debate through the publication of ostensibly scholarly publications and presentations. Such manufactured controversy is a time-tested and often effective method of means of generating academic credibility.

This lecture will offer an overview of the current state of the art in Armenian Genocide scholarship as well briefly survey the development of Armenian Genocide denial and focus on more recent refinements and the penetration of denial into American academia, with an emphasis on the fundamental challenges of denialism, debate, and the quest for intellectual integrity.

Reception immediately following the commemoration in the Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall.

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The Department of History is pleased to announce The Professor George J. Marcopoulos Memorial Lecture:
Genghis Khan's Womenfolk: How Imperial Women shaped the Mongol Conquests and the Mongol Empire
Anne F. Broadbridge Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Thursday, March 10, 5:30 P.M
Barnum 104


The rise of Genghis Khan and the Mongol conquests transformed the history of Eurasia, yet even today few understand how this happened. Still harder to find are the stories of royal womenfolk. In this lecture, Professor Broadbridge will present three key moments from Mongol history, first outlining each moment as scholars originally uncovered it, then showing how the discovery of imperial women's contributions to Mongol history have dramatically changed the picture.

Anne F. Broadbridge is an Associate Professor of medieval Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches on the Mongols, the Crusades, the Ottomans, early Islamic History, and Islamic Thought. She is currently finishing her second book, Imperial Women in the Mongol Empire.

This lecture is made possible thanks to the generosity of George Marcopoulos’s past student and friend, Tony Ettinger A78 AG79.

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Global History: Eroding the Barricades of Historical Interpretation
March 5, 2016
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall

In memory of Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

"In exploring the origins of contemporary political borders in the borderlands of the past, should historians of North America stop at the 'barricades of ideas' that obscure the borderlands of historical interpretation." Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

Within the past decade, the sub-field of Global History has grown in importance, becoming the foremost analytical cutting edge for historical research. Indeed, the rise of Global History has initiated a process of erosion within the discipline, washing away the barricades that have limited historical interpretation to the methods of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

What does it mean, however, to research and write within a global paradigm? Does the nation-state remain a valuable analytic tool? Or, has the time come to discard it altogether, focusing instead on the global circuits of exchange, trade, and interaction that underlay national frameworks?

Please join us on March 5, 2016, from 8 to 6 for a day of discussion on the current state of the Global History sub-field. We will approach the topic from a variety of geographic and temporal perspectives. The conference will culminate in a keynote presentation from Jeremy Adelman.

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