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David Jaffee is Professor and Head of New Media Research at the Bard Graduate Center. His book, A New Nation of Goods: Material Culture in Early America (2010), highlights the significant role of provincial artisans in four crafts in the northeastern United States--chairmaking, clockmaking, portrait painting, and book publishing--to explain the shift from preindustrial society to an entirely new configuration of work, commodities, and culture. He is now at work on a new project, Visualizing 19th-Century New York (2014 BGC Focus Gallery exhibit), that studies the domestic interior and its contents, the parlor in particular, which is typically filled with furniture, displays of stereographs, plaster figure, and chromolithographs.

Another strong interest of Professor Jaffee has been pedagogy and the incorporation of new media. He has published several essays on teaching with new media publications and material culture, as well as directed two NEH projects to develop multimedia resources for the history classroom. He has led numerous new faculty development seminars and programs, including a 2011 and 2013 NEH summer institute, the NEH-supported New Media Classroom, Learning to Look with the American Social History Program, and Interpreting Historical Images for Teaching and Images at the American Antiquarian Society.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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