January 30, 2012

SUNY Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies Hosts “Let’s Talk about Public History”

The panel is free and the public is encouraged to attend

SUNY Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies is hosting a panel, “Let’s Talk about Public History” on Feb. 2, 2012, 7 p.m., in the Gallery of the Saratoga Hilton.

“Let’s Talk about Public History” is part of the graduate certificate in public history, which prepares students for the collection, preservation and dissemination of information about the past to the general public.

“History is rarely a distant, abstract thing,” said Anastasia Pratt, Empire State College professor and organizer of the panel. “It's part of our work and family life, our hopes and dreams.  This panel discussion will offer a glimpse of how public history lets us consider and understand the events and actions of our lives as historical events.”

Public historians use oral history, museums and other sites of exhibition and multimedia to engage popular audiences in discussion and debate around historical issues. They work in archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, heritage sites, schools, government, parks, churches, public-policy organizations, media and corporations.

In addition to Pratt, panelists include Anne Clothier, MaryNell Morgan, Sarah Hall Weaver and Tim Welch. (Complete bios below.)

The panelists will share their interest in history and explain how that interest brought them to their current work in a variety of local museums and historical organizations. Panelists also will talk about the challenges of bringing history into the community.

After brief opening comments from the panelists, there will be a discussion and the panel will conclude with questions and comments from the audience.

The panel is free and open to the public.  Contact Anastasia L. Pratt at 518-564-2837, or Anastasia.Pratt@esc.edu for more information.

About the Panelists

Anne Clothier is education director of the Brookside Museum in Saratoga Springs. She was previously education director at Shaker Heritage Society, and collections intern at The Farmers' Museum and Fenimore Art Museum. Clothier is a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta.

MaryNell Morgan is a professor at SUNY Empire State College. She earned an A.B. in English, with minors in education and mathematics, an M.P.A. in urban and regional planning and human resources management and a Ph.D. in political science, with concentrations in American government and politics, urban government and politics, international relations and public administration.

Sarah Hall Weaver is the assistant director of the National Museum of Dance and instructor for the School of the Arts. She has a B.A.F.A. in fine arts and dance from Alfred University.

Tim Welch is a graduate of St. Michael’s College and president of the Friends of Grant Cottage Board of Trustees. He is also a lecturer in mass communications at SUNY Oneonta and founder and president of Lazer Pix.

About SUNY Empire State College
SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For more information, visit the college at www.esc.edu.


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