Patricia Mooney-Melvin, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago
- Seeking Additional Presenters
- Civic Engagement
Universities intersect with multiple communities both within and outside of the physical space they occupy. Students do not leave their concerns outside the institutional gates. Universities have to co-exist with their immediate communities. Knowledge gained in the university should work in the world. History can play a role or be a central feature of the intersection between the university and its communities. This session explores the possibilities and challenges as well as the pressures and the opportunities that can shape the nature of the university-community dynamic. Topics already on the table include communities and the outward-facing university, slavery and memory on college campuses, and neighborhood local history projects.
Universities interact with multiple communities in a myriad of ways. Situated in towns and cities, they directly impact the localities in which they are situated. Communities form on campus over a range of social issues, most recently over issues of their institution’s past. What role does “history” play in these contexts? What are the opportunities, challenges, successes and failures associated with the utilization of history and historical understanding among the university and its many constituencies? This roundtable will explore these questions and generate reflection on the power of history – and historians – in both external and internal community relations.
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