About the event

The Public History Collective is excited to host its first conference, where we ask: What does it mean for places, objects, people, and stories to have afterlives? How can we restore histories that have been lost? Practitioners from every walk of the field will present on ways they’ve revived history.

Free and open to the public. Please register here.


9:30-10:00: Registration. Room 9205/9206

10:15-10:30: Opening Remarks. Room 9205/9206

Andrew Robertson, The Graduate Center, CUNY

10:45-11:45: Reaching New Audiences, Repurposing Old Materials. Room 9205/9206

Quinn Berkman and Michael Lorenzini, NYC Department of Records & Information Services, Municipal Archives and Library

10:45-11:45: Freedom for One, Freedom for All? Recasting Narratives of Abolition and Suffrage in K-12 Education. Skylight Room

Emily Potter-Ndiaye, Brooklyn Historical Society

Franny Kent, Museum of the City of New York

EY Zipris, Museum of the City of New York

12:00-1:00: Place and Remembrance. Skylight Room

Sarah Pearlman Shapiro, Columbia University

Jennifer Young, New York University

Scott Zukowski, Stony Brook University

12:00-1:00: Personal Journeys Through Public History. Room 9205/9206

Yuliya Barycheuskaya, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Katharine Rovanpera, La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez / Museum of Modern Art

Rozanne Gooding Silverwood, Columbia University

1:15-2:00: Lunch. Room 5114

2:15-3:15: Panel: Resurrecting Local Public History at the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground. Room 5414

Moderator: Johnathan Thayer, Queens College, CUNY

Lori Wallach, Queens Memory

Regina Carra, Queens College, CUNY

Jeffrey Delgado, Queens College, CUNY

Cristina Fontánez, Queens College, CUNY

Rudy Hartmann, Queens College, CUNY

Robbie Garrison, Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy

2:15-3:15: The Afterlives of Victoria Confino: First Person Interpretation at the Tenement Museum and Beyond. Room 9205/9206

Jessica Underwood Varma, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum / Global Shift

Sarah Litvin, The Graduate Center, CUNY / New York Historical Society

Elly Berke, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston

3:30-5:00: Engaging Guided Tours: Techniques and Best Practices. Room 9205/9206

Cindy VandenBosch and Andrew Gustafson, Turnstile Tours

5:00: Closing Remarks. Room 9205/9206

Katie Uva and Arinn Amer, The Graduate Center, CUNY

5:15: Reception. Room 5114

This event is presented as part of Narrating Change, Changing Narratives, an interdisciplinary research group that employs public humanities practices and explores narration as a guide for social change. The group is supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

The CUNY Public History Collective is a Center for the Humanities working group committed to bridging the worlds of academia and public history by increasing graduate student participation in archives, museums, and other public history institutions and projects in order to broaden the methods we use to teach and do academic work. For more information or to join the working group, email [email protected]

Cosponsored by the Mediating the Archive Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research and the PhD Program in History, The Graduate Center, CUNY