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Charleston, South Carolina
The Department of History at the College of Charleston is committed to providing an education that gives a mature understanding and appreciation of the global past (its cultures, politics, and societies), to prepare students to engage the present, and ultimately to shape the future. The undergraduate and graduate History programs support the mission of the School of Humanities and Social Science to ‘prepare students to be independent, engaged, lifelong learners who write with confidence, speak with clarity, solve complex problems, and act as responsible citizens.’
Madison, New Jersey
Drew Theological School, United States Academic Affiliate Drew’s Doctor of Ministry cohort in pilgrimage and spirituality explores the practical, theological, and transformative aspects of pilgrimage in order to enhance religious leadership, spiritual formation, congregational development, Christian service, and social justice. The program looks at how the thought and practice of pilgrimage uniquely informs the Christian journey for today’s diverse and changing world. The curriculum includes courses in pilgrim spirituality, place and memory, the theology of struggle, and contemporary spiritualities.
Washington, District of Columbia.
Museum leaders in the United States’ capital advance the public service mission of museums and shape them into distinctive learning environments for all audiences. The Museum Education Program at GW prepares graduates as professional practitioners to meet the needs and interests of the public in museums and other lifelong learning environments. The Museum Education Program students balance academic study with supervised fieldwork at world-class institutions, where they build their skills and reputation as advocates for museum accessibility and accountability.
The Master of Heritage Preservation (MHP) program offers compelling opportunities to pursue careers relating to the preservation and interpretation of cultural heritage. Based in the Department of History, the program and its faculty emphasize the theory and practice of protecting and communicating the significance of our tangible and intangible heritage. Much of the coursework involves collaboration with community partners and cultural organizations to produce practical learning experiences that take place outside the traditional classroom setting. The MHP program uses Atlanta and the surrounding area as a living laboratory from which our students obtain the skills to become future leaders in the field. Currently, the department is heading the University’s World Heritage Initiative, an effort to develop a serial nomination of U.S. civil rights sites for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
As part of the Southern University Law Center, the Louis A. Berry Institute seeks to ensure the law center’s place as a center of excellence in social and restorative justice and civil and human rights research, advocacy, education, and instruction. It further seeks to pursue policy initiatives and judicial outcomes that promote equal rights and justice. The Institute leads several restorative justice projects, especially in Louisiana and the South.
Tufts’ program understands that museum professionals are creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. They understand collections, audiences, and how to tell stories. They facilitate visitors’ understanding of the past, present, and future through interactions with material objects and scholarship using face-to-face encounters and technological tools. They operate on the cutting edge of museum practice, combining deep experience with a wider knowledge of issues and trends in the field.
Over the past twenty-five years, Tufts’ museum studies program has built a strong reputation for helping graduates to develop their careers and hit the ground running in museum jobs. Coursework often draws upon regional museums, and students easily find internships and volunteer opportunities, which helps them build their professional expertise and networks.
Massachusetts boasts a rich network of museums, archives, historical societies, documentary filmmakers, and historic preservation agencies, as well as one of the top public research universities in the nation. Since 1986, the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has provided a vital link between the University and the Commonwealth’s wide variety of institutions that preserve and communicate history to the public. The Public History program aims to train graduate students to work on historical projects with a broad range of audiences and institutions, and to prepare them for careers in museums, archives, historic preservation agencies, policy centers, community organizations, to provide historical services for area institutions and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and ultimately to advance—through research, hands-on fieldwork, and scholarship—both the theory and methods that inform and shape public history practice.
The University of Mississippi Research Group (UMSRG) is an association of the University of Mississippi faculty and staff working across disciplines to learn more about the history of slavery and enslaved people in Oxford and on campus. It has tried to identify as many enslaved workers on its campus as possible, but names remain elusive, and this work continues. To date, the group has discovered the names of the following enslaved people.
El Paso, Texas
The UTEP Borderlands Public History Lab, launched in January 2016, preserves and promotes borderlands and immigration histories while mentoring students to develop professional skills in research, public presentation, and working collaboratively. The work of the BPHL is grounded in the long-time success of Museo Urbano and the Institute of Oral History. Museo Urbano is a museum without walls that began on the streets of the historic El Segundo Barrio in 2006. Bringing history to the community through workshops, museum exhibits, publications, and cultural events, Museo Urbano believes that understanding the past helps us understand the present and envision our future. A second critical component of the BPHL is the Institute of Oral History, which was established as part of the Department of History in 1972 for the purpose of preserving the history of the region adjacent to the Rio Grande both in the United States and in Mexico. It is known internationally for its collection of over 1,000 interviews and over 20,000 pages of transcripts.
Brazilian Network of Researchers of Sites of Memory and Conscience
The Brazilian Network of Researchers of Sites of Memory and Conscience is an articulation of researchers and managers related to different academic and cultural institutions that work on the relations between violence, spaces, and sensitive memories. The network is a space for dialogue, sharing, and stimulation of partnerships among its members. They aim to empower the sites of conscience in Brazil, the broadening of the field of memory studies in the country, and the worldwide diffusion of the knowledge about sites in Brazil.