HISTORY 294 - Explorations in History
Section: 001 The Practice of Public History
Term: FA 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will introduce students to the practice of public history—how history is put to work in the world. We’ll consider museum exhibits, walking tours, historic houses, monuments, oral history, crowdsourcing, podcasting, robotic presidents, and more. We’ll learn how public historians work with a variety of audiences to present difficult or contested pasts, like the 1967 Detroit uprising or antebellum plantation homes. We’ll consider how public history can be used to subvert or reinforce colonialism and empire—and how it can be used to promote social justice.

What, if anything, is compromised and lost in this process? How do factors like design, venue, and writing style affect how history is consumed? How can historians share authority and develop true collaborations with communities?

Using case studies, we will grapple with these issues as a group. Students will walk away with a basic understanding of public history and knowledge of what direction they might take if they wish to pursue a career in the field.

Course Requirements:

Evaluation based on participation, short-response essays, and final public history project proposal.

Intended Audience:

Open to all students.

HISTORY 294 - Explorations in History
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001 (REC)
Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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