Explorations in Public History (HIS4106.01)

Eileen Scully

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Public History, meaning history generated for wide general audiences through collaborations among community activists, historians, museum professionals, artists, preservationists, archivists, and policymakers. Public History is an umbrella for the fascinating universe of museums, landmarks, historic sites, memorials, exhibitions, reenactments, and so on. It is an especially timely moment to explore this world, given recent initiatives to “reimagine the country’s approach to monuments and memorials, to better reflect the nation’s diversity and highlight buried or marginalized stories.” Assignments will immerse students in entrepreneurial uses of history, such as virtual and augmented reality, podcasts, and the newest generation of historically themed games.


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Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty remote
Prerequisites:Email the instructor (escully@bennington.edu) by the start of 4000-level registration, with a statement of interest, including information about prior course work, relevant FWT experiences, and current or anticipated Plan concentration areas.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Advancement of Public Action , History , Hybrid In-Person and Remote
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