HIST 396: Introduction to Public History

HIST 396-001: Intro to Public History
(Fall 2024)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Innovation Hall 223

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Section Information for Fall 2024

Public history dynamically engages us in making meaning of the past through experiences off the page. Museums, monuments, and historic sites offer prisms for individual and collective memory. Movies, celebrations, and commemorations shape identities and understandings. How are these public narratives consciously chosen and created in historical contexts? What does it mean when diverse societal sectors challenge older narratives and call for new narrators? This class guides understandings of what we choose to remember, what we choose to forget, and what new stories we choose to tell. In this contemporary moment, as some monuments fall and others rise reimagined, we will critically explore museums and a range of historic sites (in reality or virtually as the environment allows). You will have the chance to try out creating public history materials through class-based exercises. 

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores the role of historical memory in shaping public perceptions of the past, with emphasis on museums , monuments, and other public and popular culture expressions of historical information and themes. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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