HIST 2792 Monuments, Museums, and Memory: An Introduction to Public History

October 23, 2020

HIST 2792 Monuments, Museums, and Memory: An Introduction to Public History (also AMST 2792, SHUM 2792) (HNA)

Tuesday and Thursday: 11:25-12:40 plus optional discussions (online)

Professor Stephen Vider

In this course we will examine how we have come to narrate social, cultural, and political history in the United States, investigating the ways scholarly, curatorial, archival, and creative practices shape conceptions of the American past, in particular understandings of racial, gender, sexual, and class oppression and resistance. Students will build skills in historical interpretation and archival research and explore possibilities and challenges in preserving and presenting the past in a variety of public contexts—monuments, memorials, museums, historical sites, movies and television, and community-based history projects. For their final project, students will conduct original research in a digital or material archive, chosen in consultation with the instructor, to produce a draft of an exhibit, providing popularly accessible historical context and interpretation.

Monument Being Defaced: Photograph by Mobilus in Mobili