Friday, October 12, 2007

Roy Rosenzweig

We'll miss him. He's one of the reasons that history integrated with technology is taken seriously.

Here's his section from the GMU website:

Roy Rosenzweig
Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History & New Media

Roy Rosenzweig is Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History & New Media at George Mason University, where he also heads the Center for History and New Media (CHNM). He is the co-author, with Elizabeth Blackmar, of The Park and the People: A History of Central Park, which won several awards including the 1993 Historic Preservation Book Award and the 1993 Urban History Association Prize for Best Book on North American Urban History. He also co-authored (with David Thelen) The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life, which has won prizes from the Center for Historic Preservation and the American Association for State and Local History. He was co-author of the CD-ROM, Who Built America?, which won James Harvey Robinson Prize of American Historical Association for its “outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history.” His other books include Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920 (Cambridge University Press) and edited volumes on history museums (History Museums in the United States: A Critical Assessment), history and the public (Presenting the Past: Essays on History and the Public), history teaching (Experiments in History Teaching), oral history (Government and the Arts in 1930s America), and recent history (A Companion to Post- 1945 America). He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has lectured in Australia as a Fulbright Professor. He recently served as as Vice-President for Research of the American Historical Association. In 2007, the
Organization of American Historians gave him its Distinguished Service Award for “an individual whose contributions have enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.”

As founder and director of CHNM, he is involved in a number of different digital history projects including History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web as well as projects on the French Revolution (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution), the history of science and technology (ECHO: Exploring and Collecting History Online), world history (World History Matters), and the September 11 Digital Archive. His work in digital history was recognized in 2003 with the Richard W. Lyman Award (awarded by the National Humanities Center and the Rockefeller Foundation) for “outstanding achievement in the use of information technology to advance scholarship and teaching in the humanities.”

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