Bringing the Past Present: Public History in an Era of Turmoil

Solicited by the OAH Committee on Public History

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Lightning Round

Tags: Public History and Memory


In an era of political and social turmoil, reflections on the historical past can take on greater meaning and relevance in public dialogue. As such, the work of public historians who contend with contested or traumatic histories can particularly salient, yet also fraught with potential challenges and repercussions. In this lightening round, public historians and curators will share reflections on presenting sensitive and politically volatile topics to contemporary audiences and offer insights on the challenges and opportunities of unpacking the past in a turbulent present.

Session Participants

Chair: Lilly Tuttle Ph.D.

Presenter: Julio Capó Jr., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Presenter: Sarah Dylla, Atlanta History Center

Presenter: Edna Friedberg, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Presenter: Monica Montgomery, Prince George's African American Museum

Presenter: John Russick, Chicago History Museum

Presenter: Sarah Jane Seidman, MCNY

Presenter: Stephen Vider, Cornell University