Dr. Dan Vivian, Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky, visited campus this spring to deliver a talk, “The Future of Public History,” and host a lunch-and-learn event. In these talks, he discussed the results of a multi-year study on public history employment from the Joint Task Force on Public History Education and Employment. Vivian also spoke with our students about the growing world of Public History, a field that seeks to create historical narratives that are accessible to the general public; public historians may work with museums, documentary film crews, monument designers, historic home-and-business-owners, and municipal, state, or federal governments in order to produce, present, and protect historical assets. The Department has a growing set of resources for students interested in public history. For more information, consider taking a course with or contacting our own public historian, Dr. Julia Brock. Additionally, check out our Instagram page, which features a highlight story on Dr. Vivian’s two events.
Thank you for visiting campus Dr. Vivian! Our students loved learning more about your work.