Public History

Public History Roundtable to be Held April 7

Join us on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 1:30 CDT, for a roundtable discussion on the field of Public History and jobs and experiences outside traditional academia. The event is free, but registration is required. Julia Brock received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. She practices, studies, and teaches public […]

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Graduate Students Help Catalog Materials at the Lillian E. Smith Center

During the past weekend, History M.A. students Emma Pepperman and Margaret Schultz joined Dr. Julia Brock at the Lillian E. Smith Center in Clayton, Georgia, to create a catalog of the material culture that is housed within the Center. The site was the former Laurel Falls Girls Camp, begun by the family of writer and […]

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History and Reconciliation: Conversations on Slavery, Historic Preservation, and Community in the South

Please join the White House Historical Association, Department of History, and the Blackburn Institute on Thursday, October 17 for a panel, “History and Reconciliation: Conversations on Slavery, Historic Preservation, and Community in the South.” The conversation features Dr. Matthew Costello, interim director of the David M. Rubenstein Center for History at the WHHA, Dr. Hilary […]

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Dan Vivian Talks Public History with Students

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 […]

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Department Hosts Documentary Crew to Discuss Public History and the Media

Earlier this semester, Drs. John Giggie and Julia Brock hosted the documentary crew Phil Bertelsen and Rachel Dretzin for a free lunch and discussion on their recent film, Hope and Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media. Students discussed the project and Bertelsen’s and Dretzin’s respective career paths, as well as how they too could join […]

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UA Historian Reports on Federal Shutdown’s Impact for NPS Historians

Government Shutdown Means History Is on Hold at National Parks Explaining the historical import of National Park Service sites is more calling than career for most of the people who do it, but the shutdown has played hell with that dream. Glenn David Brasher (via the Daily Beast) Much media coverage has focused on the negative […]

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Department Welcomes Dr. Julia Brock

The Department is pleased to welcome Professor Julia Brock to our faculty. Dr. Brock did her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia, earned her Master’s from Florida State University, and received her Doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Her specialty is in public history and post-Civil War American and Southern […]

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Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, Former Director of the ADAH, to Speak on the Importance of Alabama History, February 27

Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, who recently retired as director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History after more than thirty years at its helm, will speak in room 205, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library at 6 pm, Monday, February 27. Bridges’s topic – “Alabama History: It’s Worth Another Look” – explores the important role that […]

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Summersell Initiative in Public History Students Explore Options for History Majors

Archives, genealogy projects, museums, libraries — all of these are potential career paths for history majors, combining historical knowledge with technical skills and a love of the public. Drs. John Giggie, James Mixson, and Dan Riches , along with the Summersell Center for the Study of the South, have teamed up to create a track […]

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