2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jun 19, 2019  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 388 - Sem: Public History


The topic of this course may vary each time it is offered.  May be repeated for credit (taken a max of 2 times).

The title for Spring 2017 is Public History: Race, Community, and Photography.  This course is devoted to research and preparation for the photography exhibition, “William Bullard:  Reimagining an American Community of Color, 1897-1917,” which will be open at the Worcester Art Museum in October 2017.  The exhibition will feature 80 photographs of people of color taken in Worcester.  In addition to gaining hands-on experience by preparing wall text for the exhibition and contributing to an accompanying website, students will learn about the larger contexts of African American history and people of color in Worcester at the turn of the twentieth century; about nineteenth century portraiture; the use of photography by black Americans for both personal and political purposes; and the many challenges of interpreting and presenting these images to the public.  Taught with Nancy Burns, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum.

Anticipated Terms Offered: Offered periodically