January 25, 2023

A Conversation with Jason Steinhauer

Wednesday, February 15 // 8:00 pm Eastern time

The NCPH Government Historians Committee invites you to an online discussion with Jason Steinhauer, public historian and author of the Amazon bestseller, History Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past (Palgrave MacMillan, 2022). Jason argues that the Web and social media have dramatically shaped the general public’s understandings of history as a result of the rise of “e-history,” or forms of history communication specifically designed for distribution online. Jason outlines how the emergence of platforms and technologies such as Wikipedia, Facebook, and A.I. have altered the public’s interactions with historical information, and how the intersection of professional history with the Web has produced a clash of cultures that has threatened the very existence of the history profession. The rise of e-history has created an urgent need to ensure that accurate, reliable information becomes visible in the public sphere.

You may purchase a hard copy or Kindle version of History Disrupted here. You’ll find an e-book version here. We encourage participants to read the book in its entirety. If you’re pressed for time, please read chapters 1, 2, and 10. Guests may ask questions during the Q&A portion of the discussion.

This talk is free, but please register to save your spot and receive the Zoom link.

You can learn more about Jason’s work here.