WHAT WILL WE DO IN THIS CLASS?

We will be introduced to the field of public history.  Surveying the history of the field and its various realms of professional practice, we will learn about the origin of public history, the challenges of doing history with diverse audiences, the value of historical interpretation in public contexts, and best practices for public historians.  Throughout, we will place special emphasis on issues such as historical resource management, museum practice, digital history, and other facets of how people share public memory. We will discover who manages our shared heritage while learning to think critically about its place in society. And because Philadelphia has figured so prominently in the history and practice of public history, the city will play a foundational role in our study.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Identify key themes and issues bearing on the practice of public history.
  • Understand multiple facets of doing history with diverse audiences
  • Meet public history professionals practicing in Philadelphia and beyond.
  • Sharpen reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
  • Develop public presentation skills and learn to collaborate with peers.