The Department of History, the College of Design, and the Minnesota Historical Society have teamed up to create an interdisciplinary, professional-oriented masters program in public history and heritage studies giving students the opportunity to gain hard experience in the field of public history.
Katherine Gerbner, assistant professor of history, explains how the idea of 'whiteness' was created to keep black people from voting. "Recognizing the political oppression that lies at the root of whiteness can help us move forward," she says.
Professor David Chang challenges persistent narratives about Hawaii’s past. “For too long, history has been written as if Hawaiians were passive observers of their own history, isolated from and uninterested in the outside world,” he says. In his new book, Chang aims to update our perspective on Hawaii’s past by presenting it through the eyes of the people who lived through it.
From small town Winona Historical Society to the Minnesota Historical Society, graduating senior Jane Sonneman is passionate about public history and archival work. She received the prestigious Chorn Family Scholarship for her commitment to being a societal storyteller.
The University's Heritage Studies and Public History graduate program was recently awarded $350,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will use the grant to support its students with paid internships and scholarships.
Strikes can improve wages and working conditions, but history shows that more formal channels of negotiation are required to resolve the contradictions between society's reliance on public employees and its failure to value their labor.