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Teaching the digital self

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“Don’t include images because they slow everything down too much.” “Use tables and frames to organize your website.” “Visual interface is more important than content.” “Flash will save the internet.” “No one wants to read or watch videos on their tiny little phone.” “Use the brightest colors possible.” All of these statements had their axiomatic moment, but with the advantage of technological hindsight, these ideas seem archaic, though they are thirty years old at most. Read More

Notes from the field: The University of Wrocław’s Public History Summer School

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Author’s Note: Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Public History Summer School, held in Wroclaw, Poland. The Summer School, which was co-sponsored with the University of Wrocław’s Historical Institute, the local Zajezdnia History Centre, the Jean Monnet Network for Applied Contemporary European History, and the International Federation for Public History (IFPH), ran for four days, and included presentations from scholars all over Europe and beyond. Read More

(Re)Active Public History: NCPH Twitter Mini-Con

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As you may have noticed in Public History News, NCPH is excited to announce that our first ever NCPH Twitter Mini-Con will be taking place October 18-19, 2018. The theme for the conference is (Re)Active Public History, and is rooted in a desire to critically discuss the active ways that public historians engage with the public, the past, and historical scholarship. Read More

Advocating for archivists

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On July 29, 2018, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece by Alice Dreger entitled “The Delicate Art of Dealing with Your Archivist” (originally behind a paywall, the article is now publicly accessible). In the article, Dreger, a historian of science and medicine, breaks down the types of archivists a researcher may encounter by a “basic taxonomy.” Read More

Campus history as public history: Interpreting slavery through historical walking tours

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Can campus history be public history? NCPH members and others, both inside and outside of the academy, have been grappling with this question for years, considering the often-fraught town/gown and faculty/administration relationships many of our colleagues face. The ways that we answer this question have changed significantly over the last decade, however, as dozens of colleges and universities have endeavored to reckon with the reality of their histories, many in response to institutional connections to slavery. Read More

Exploring approaches to civic engagement through “Kitchen Conversations”

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Editor’s note: In this final post in our series on teaching with articles from The Public Historian, Kate Wilson discusses her experiences using Ruth Abram’s essay, “Kitchen Conversations: Democracy in Action at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum” (The Public Historian 29, no. Read More

Reflecting on the first NCPH “extraordinary service” award

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Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of pieces by recipients of NCPH’s 2018 best in public history awards.

On learning that I would be receiving an award for “extraordinary service” to the National Council on Public History, my initial response was to point out that the projects I’ve been involved in have always been group efforts by staff and many other NCPH members. Read More