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MSU Sports History was developed from research conducted by Juan Javier Pescador’s History 324 class “History of Sport in America.” Many of the images within this site belong to the MSU University Archives & Historical Collections. Rights and permissions to said images are subject to University Archives guidelines. The site is continuting to be developed, as a collaboration between the MSU University Archives & Historical Collections, the Department of History at MSU and MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online.
South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy is an educational resource about the movement for freedom and democracy in South Africa. A collaboration between MATRIX, the MSU African Studies Center, and the Department of History, the site includes 45 video and audio interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, original narratives, and educational activities for high school and undergraduate students. The site draws on the talents of several members of the department, including Professors Mark Kornbluh, Peter Alegi, Peter Limb, and David Bailey, along with graduate students Mona Jackson and Leslie Hadfield, who wrote essays for the site. View a three-minute preview video.
Community Video Educational Trust (CVET) is a digital video archive with more than 100 pieces of documentary footage of anti-apartheid activities and state repression in the Cape Town area in the 1980s and early 1990s. These videos are being preserved and made accessible in a partnership between CVET and MATRIX and the African Studies Center at MSU, part of a larger South African Film and Video Project. History graduate student Jill Kelly and undergraduate student Cody Perkins have also worked on this project.
Africa Past & Present is a podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora. Hosted by Peter Alegi and Peter Limb, the show highlights interesting people, ideas, and discussions in African Studies from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. Their mission is to broaden access to cutting-edge knowledge about Africa and to do so in a down-to-earth manner. Shows feature interviews with eminent scholars and persons, commentary on current events, and key debates for Africans at home and abroad. Africa Past and Present is hosted by AODL: the African Online Digital Library, and MATRIX.
Seventeen Moments in Soviet History, an on-line project co-directed by Professor Lewis Siegelbaum with National Endowment for the Humanities funding, is a digital repository of images, video, and documents centered on important events in the 74-year history of the Soviet Union. The project has recently been selected as a winner of the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources.
MERLOT is the premier website for peer reviewed on-line teaching and learning resources.
Oral history resources being developed by faculty members in African history are now available on the internet through the African Online Digital Library, a collaboration between MATRIX, History, the African Studies Center at Michigan State University, the West African Research Association, and L’Institut Fondemental d’Afrique Noire, funded by the National Science Foundation.
Diversity and Tolerance in the Islam of West Africa is an ongoing project coordinated by Professor David Robinson with the assistance of Matrix. The project is funded by the US Department of Education under the “Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access” (TICFIA) program. The project will create an online resource of hard-to-find archival and oral history sources from Muslim communities in Senegal and Ghana.
Professor David Bailey worked with new media experts at MATRIX to digitize, describe, and present priceless recordings from American history as a part of the Historical Voices project. Galleries included in the repository focus on the 1936 Flint sit-down strike, the work of Studs Terkel, and prominent American political, cultural and business leaders in American Voices.
David Bailey and Mark Kornbluh are collaborating on a major preservation project, American Black Journal, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with Detroit Public TV. The project will include an online repository for episodes of the groundbreaking television program.