Monday, Oct 23, 2017 5:30p -
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Date Idea, Lectures & Conferences, University
What is the role of historical organizations in a politically polarized environment, a world of “alternative facts” and a social fabric that is being torn apart by political and class divides? Many historians and public historical organizations are changing the way they work, offering their talents and skills as advocates and healers. Yet, they face a complex public. Some audience members embrace the opportunity to engage in dialogue over difficult issues. Others seek a more entertaining, escapist experience. Still others are alert to activities that appear to overstep the traditional role of museums or to signal that their own perspectives might be unwelcome. Some visitors yearn for the inclusion of minority viewpoints but consider museums too inherently biased to present these narratives. Karilyn Crockett (independent researcher and Office of Economic Development, City of Boston); Brian W. J. LeMay (independent scholar); Richard Rabinowitz (American History Workshop); and Katheryn P. Viens (Massachusetts Historical Society) will explore the challenging prospect for organizations that are seeking to be truly inclusive and build broad public support. Join us for a compelling conversation.