Public History in New York City

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Public History in NYC

Fall 2019

Taught By: Amanda Bellows

Section: AX

CRN: 7072

Credits: 4

New York City is a metropolis with a long and storied history that encompasses the diverse experiences of Native Americans, Dutch and British colonial settlers, free and enslaved African Americans, and immigrants from countless countries. Together, these men and women have left their mark on the land and the city that we at The New School call home. Our course, “Public History in New York City,” explores the ways in which our city’s past has been preserved, commemorated, and present to the public. Undergraduates will learn about the methodologies and approaches employed by public historians from the latest works of scholarship before applying theory to practice. Students will visit a variety of New York City’s museums to understand how curators and educators bring history to life. They will grapple with questions pertaining to social justice that relate to best practices for including historically marginalized voices in historical narratives. Students will also visit memorials and monuments to learn about historical and contemporary debates that surround controversial topics or historical figures, and view immersive reenactments like the Tenement Museum and the Black Gotham Experience to see how the past is acted out in the present. Coursework will include written assignments as well as a final independent research project about a museum or historic site.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:27am 10/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019