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GRAD > HIST > 620

Public History Colloquium: Public History and Popular Memory

Description:
The Colloquium will introduce students to the field of public history in general and to the various forms it takes. Students will examine the literature of public history including studies of: *the ways in which history is used in the public sphere to influence debates about cultural issues and government policies; * how oral history is used in various public settings, including school class rooms; * how history is used by public interest groups, religious and ethnic groups, businesses, media outlets, labor unions and social movements; * the theory and methodology used in research on historical memory; * how memory and history are interpreted by documentary film makers; * the civil debates over the ways in which the past is memorialized, celebrated and interpreted for the public and the degree to which citizens are involved in interpretation. * how public history is used in a historic site like the Paul Revere House (a class will be conducted there) and in other historical locations in the Boston area. * how the field is emerging as an area of prospective employment.

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