Professor Herman’s areas of expertise include modern and contemporary European cultural and intellectual history focused on the interrelationships between the arts and the sciences, twentieth century military history, and history through media. He is currently working on a book entitled An Historian’s Guide to Non-Print Media. He is an award-winning writer and producer of radio and television programs and most recently served as media director for the C.P.B./ Annenberg CD-ROM “Migrations in Modern World History” produced at Northeastern’s World History Center in collaboration with WGBH Boston and distributed by Wadsworth Press.
As a founding member of the Historians’ Film Committee, he contributed to its groundbreaking National Endowment for the Humanities funded American Historical Association/ Library of Congress “Image as Artifact” project (1988). Over the course of his career thus far, he has led or participated in research and curriculum development projects utilizing grants that have totaled over two million dollars.
Professor Herman teaches courses on “The History of Science and Technology” and “Technological Transformations of Society” (both co-taught with Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Arvin Grabel), courses on the history of flight and on the history of the automobile (the latter with Professor Clay McShane), European cultural history, history of twentieth century war, with specialized courses on the two World Wars and on the Vietnam Wars, courses on history and film (for both undergraduates and for graduate students in the department’s public history and Master of Arts in Teaching curricula), and graduate seminars and courses in twentieth century history on World War I and on the Holocaust. He is currently Northeastern’s working group member of the Boston History Collaborative’s “Innovations Odyssey” project.
He currently is jointly appointed in the Department of History and the Cinema Studies Program in the College of Arts, Media and Design, as an instructor in the University Honors Program, as history coordinator in Northeastern’s School of General Studies, and as history and liberal studies consultant in Northeastern’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. He also serves as special assistant to the Office of the University Counsel focusing on matters of telecommunications, intellectual property, and institutional governance.
The Media, the Academy and the Law: Assessing the Truth from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to Holocaust Denial (co-editors, Deborah R. Kaufman, David Phillips, and James R. Ross), Oxford: Vallentine Mitchell Press (Frank Cass), 2006).
Critical Thinking Skills Using Primary Sources in World History (2004, J. Weston Walch Publishers), with Wendy Wilson.“Intellectual Property and the Historian in the New Millennium,” The Public Historian (Volume 26, Number 2, Spring, 2004), pp. 23-48.
“Creating the 21st Century ‘Historian for all Seasons,’” The Public Historian (Volume 25, Number 3, Summer, 2003), pp.93-102. Critical Thinking Skills Using Primary Sources in U. S. History (2000, J. Weston Walch Publishers), with Wendy Wilson.
“Chemical and Electronic Media in the Public History Movement,” The Public Historian (Volume 21, Number 3, Summer, 1999), pp. 111-125.
“The Great War Revisioned: World War I Filmography” in Peter C. 9 Rollins and John C. O’Connor, eds., Hollywood’s World War I Motion Picture Images (Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1997).
U.S. History on the Screen: Teacher’s Resource Book on Film and Video (1994, 2002, J. Weston Walch) with Wendy Wilson. The Pivotal Conflict: Comprehensive Chronology of the First World War (Greenwood Press, 1992).
World History on the Screen: Teachers Resource with Book on Film and Video 1990, 1995, 2003, J. Weston Walch), with Wendy Wilson Thompson.
“Developing Methodological Synthesis for Documentary Media Teaching”, Image as Artifact: The Historical Analysis of Film an Television, ed., John O’Connor (Krieger Publishers and the American Historical Association, 1990).
“Testbook with Learning Objectives and Film Guide” to accompany The Mainstream of Civilization, Fifth edition (Harcourt, race, Jovanovich, 1989, 1993), Film Guide Author.
“Wien 1910: An example of Nazi Anti-Semitism,” Film & History (Vol. XV, No. 3, September 1985), with Richard Geehr and John Heinemann.
“Palace Cars and Paradise” film review, Film and History Vol. XV No. 1, February, 1985), with Clay McShane. The Craft of Public History, chapter editor, “Media and History” (Greenwood Press, 1983).
Balancing on the Edge of the Void: Reader of Accompany the Film “Cabaret” (Northeastern Custom Books, 1981). Liner Booklet for the record album “The Peripatetic Debussy” (1980).
“For God and Country: Khartown as an Object Lesson for Global Policemen”, Film and History (Vol. IX, No 1, February 1979). Liner Notes for the record album “Grace and Beauty: Classic American Ragtime” (1979). 10
“The Development of an Educational System In History,” The Society for History Education, Network News Exchange, Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall 1977, pp. 14-16. The Romantic Vision, Text to accompany multi-media production (Northeastern University Press, 1975).
“Operation Barbarosa:” review for classroom use, Film and History, Vol. V, No. 3, September 1975. Windows to the Past, and educational system in Western Civ. including two workbooks in five editions (Northeastern University Press and Random House Publishers, 1973-1983), 130 packets of edited historical source materials covering four historical skills and the history of number of testing devices, instructors’ and peer tutors’ materials, and evaluation materials, and scripts for 34 video tapes incorporating audio collaboration with D.R. Allen, M.E. François, Patricia Keppler, Resources, Northeastern University and with the consulting assistance of members of the Department of History, Northeastern University. World War I: The Destroying Fathers Confirmed, Text to accompany multi-media production (Northeastern University, 1982)
“Mediated Instructional Model to Assure Student Competence in the History of Western Civilization,” International Journal of Instructional Media, Vol. 4 (3), 1976-77, pp. 217-227 (with Thomas E. Cyrs Jr.)
“Making Multimedia Lectures for Classroom Use: “ Case History,” Film and History, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 1972 Nicholas and Alexandra, Film and History, vol. 11, No. 1, February 1972) Classroom media reviews, Historians’ Film Committee Newsletter, Summer and Fall issues, 1971
Historians’ Guide to Non-Print Media (Under contract to Greenwood Press)
Awards and Honors
Northeastern University “Advisor of the Year” Award (1998)
Finalist in the category of Best Musical Special for “The Sound inthe Fury”, program commemorating the 50th Anniversary of America’s entrance into the Second World War. This honor was also awarded by theNew York Festival’s International Radio Competition in which the program was one of eight internationally submitted programs admitted to the Medal Competition Award 1992.
American Association for Higher Education “Reaching for New Standards: Partnerships Take the Lead” Award 1992.
Nominated for the Charles Dana Award (1988) by the U.S. Department of Education.
Courses cited in the AHA Adler report and in the findings of the National Commission on Notable Programs.
Northeastern University: “Excellence in Teaching” Award, 1985.
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (Initiated, August, 1985)
Ohio State Award for Excellence in Educational, Informational, and Public Affairs Broadcasting (1980) for the WGBH/National Public Radio Program “War!”
Nominated for Charles Foster Peabody Award (1980) for the program “War!”
Who’s Who in Education,
Who’s Who in Entertainment,
Who’s’ Who in the East.
Media Editor, The Public Historian
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
The Northeastern Holocaust Awareness Committee