Students Hangout with Filmmakers, Curators, Writers, and Web Developers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) is presenting a new online learning series for the over 600,000 students who enter the NHD contest each year. Students from across the country will develop original, historical research performances, websites, documentaries, exhibits, and papers to present at affiliate local and state contests, where they will have the opportunity to advance to the national contest in June. To assist them in their craft, NHD is hosting a series of Google Hangouts.

NHD is partnering with National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Newseum, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Minnesota Historical Society to offer students an opportunity to learn from experts in the field. Each hangout will focus on a different category, and is open to all students and teachers.

“The Google Hangouts platform allows us to easily connect students from around the world with experts from around the world,” noted Dr. Cathy Gorn, Executive Director of NHD. “Students put in a lot of time and dedication to these projects, and we want to give them every opportunity to showcase their work to the best of their ability.”

Students can register for the hangouts, at no cost by going to: Those attending the events will be able to submit questions to noted presenters, including:

Christopher Wilson, Director, Experience and Program Design and Director, Program in African-American History and Culture - Wilson has played a key role in the development of a number of programs at Smithsonian Museum of American History. During his tenure he is noted for developing award-winning historic theater programs that tie the historical past to the impact they have on the present. Wilson will lead the Performance Google Hangout.

Performances – Tuesday, January 21 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Louise Lippincott, Chief Curator and Curator of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art – Lippincott has been the head of the fine arts department at the Carnegie Museum of Art since 1991. She is noted as having been instrumental in the installation of several celebrated exhibits during her tenure. Lippincott will lead the Website Google Hangout.

Websites – Tuesday, January 28 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Brian Horrigan, Lead Exhibit Developer, National Traveling Exhibit – Horrigan, has been an exhibit curator at the Minnesota Historical Society since 1990, and has been responsible for several major, NEHfunded exhibitions. Horrigan will lead the Exhibit Google Hangout.

Exhibits – Thursday, January 30 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Anna Kassinger, Multimedia Curriculum Specialist, Newseum – Kassinger is a multimedia curriculum specialist at the Newseum. She has an Ed.M. in arts in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and previously worked at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, where she developed digital art classes for teens. Kassinger will lead the Paper Google Hangout.

Papers – Tuesday, February 4 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Laurie Kahn, Resident Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University - Ms. Kahn is an award winning director for non-fiction films. Her film, A Midwife’s Tale, won a national EMMY for Outstanding Non-Fiction, and her film TUPPERWARE! was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director EMMY. Ms. Kahn worked on the Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965, The American Experience, FRONTLINE’S Crisis in Central America, and All Things Considered. She has taught at Northeastern University, Brandeis University, and Tufts University, guest lectured around the country, and is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis. Kahn will lead the Documentaries Google Hangout.

Documentaries – Thursday, February 6 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

For additional information regarding attending the Google Hangouts please email For media related inquiries please contact Micah Azzano at


NHD is a non-profit education organization based out of College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million primary and secondary students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into local affiliate contests, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the national competition at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by the History Channel, Kenneth E. Behring, Weider History Group, Inc., WEM Foundation, and Southwest Airlines. For more information about NHD, visit

Lynne O'Hara
Director of Programs
Phone: 484-919-2595
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