HIST 397: Topics in Public History

HIST 397-002: Public History in Action
(Spring 2022)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Horizon Hall 1012

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Section Information for Spring 2022

Public history activates the past into our present, illuminating memories that may not be our own yet still seek to make sense of our identities. Creating stages for this dynamic practice in such venues as museums, historic sites, monuments, and podcasts takes concerted action. Indeed, opening space to uplift diverse or submerged histories can take more than a moment – it can take a movement. Public history incorporates critical research with community engagement. The field develops a dialogue, a relationship, and an innovative enterprise. Our class will create real projects affecting the way history interacts with our surroundings. We will work in the new Public History Lab space to practice what curators, community knowledge holders, and educators teach us. No prior experience is necessary, we will grow from the ground up.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces students to issues and methods in preserving history and presenting historical information to a variety of audiences through museum exhibits, websites, public commemorations, and other means. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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