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Nov. 17 – CUNY Public History Collective conference

Please join the CUNY Public History Collective for our Second Annual Conference, “It’s Not What You Think: Challenging Assumptions Through Public History,” featuring Keynote Speaker Sarah Henry, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of the City of New York.


This day-long conference will take place on Friday, November 17 from 10:30am-6:00pm at the CUNY Graduate Center. The conference hopes to address how public history can be a tool for challenging previous knowledge, complicating beliefs, reversing expectations, broadening perspectives, righting wrongs, and presenting a more honest history.

The conference is free and open to the public, but we ask you Please Register Here. We have also created a Facebook event to make it easy to share widely with your networks.


For additional information and the full schedule, visit the Center for the Humanities event page. Lunch will be provided.


2017 Public History Collective Conference Schedule

10:30-11:00: Registration, Concourse Level

11:00-11:15: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Room C198

11:15-12:15: What is Public History? Who is it For? What our Work Has Taught Us, Room C201

  • Katie Uva, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Dominique Jean-Louis, New York University
  • Maeve Montalvo, Museum of the City of New York
  • Nerina Rustomji, St. John’s University

11:15-12:15: The Diversity of Women in the Suffragist Movement: Living History at the New-York Historical Society, Room C202

  • Tamar MacKay, New-York Historical Society
  • Education Staff and Living Historians, New-York Historical Society

12:20-1:20: Not Your Father’s Genealogy, Room C201

  • Nicole Belle DeRise, Family & Business History Center, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Gretchen Krueger, Family & Business History Center, Wells Fargo Bank

12:20-1:20: Historical Meaning-Making and the Legacies of Black Teachers, Room C202

  • Patrice Fenton, NYC Men Teach, City University of New York
  • Gail Perry-Ryder, Teacher Education Programs, City University of New York

1:20-2:30: Lunch, Graduate Center History Department, 5114   2:30-3:50: Creating Spaces of Public Awareness: Process and Practice, Room C201

  • Todd Fine, CUNY Graduate Center, “Talking About Little Syria: Education and Activism in Lower Manhattan”
  • Cathlin Goulding, National 9/11 Museum and Memorial, “Places of Exception as Places of Learning: Tule Lake National Historic Monument”
  • Roger Panetta, Fordham University, “Confronting the Popular Image of the Prisoner: The Sing Sing Prison Museum”

2:30-3:50: Landscapes and Locations of Memory, Room C202

  • Richard Cheu, St. John’s University, “Altering Passenger Perspectives of History Onboard Amtrak Long-Distance Trains”
  • Nadya K. Nenadich, Pratt Institute, “Remembering and Forgetting: The Case of Puerto Rico”
  • Meghan A. Townes and Claire Radcliffe, The Library of Virginia, “Confederates in Capitol Square: Engaging the Myth of the Lost Cause”

4:00-5:00: Keynote Address, Room C198 

  • Sarah Henry, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Museum of the City of New York

5:00-6:00: Reception, Graduate Center History Department, Room 5114

Co-sponsored by the Public History Collective Working Group.

We look forward to seeing you there!