Week 15: Public History and Digital History

In this unit, we will explore:

  • the definition of “public history” and its goals, methods, and relationship to the academic field
  • the potential benefits and problems with using digital tools for public historical engagement
Tuesday, May 1

About the Field: How Do We Define Public History?National Council on Public History.

Hurley, Andrew. “Chasing the Frontiers of Digital Technology.” The Public Historian 38, no. 1 (February 1, 2016): 69–88.

Leslie Madsen-Brooks, “I Nevertheless Am a Historian”: Digital Historical Practice and Malpractice around Black Confederate Soldiers” in Dougherty, Kristen Nawrotzki; Jack. Writing History in the Digital Age, 2013.


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