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February 12: History as a Living Thing

My questions for this week begin with: What is “community history” and why does it matter to historians, activists and members of an identifiable community? What ethical principles does it embody? Finally, what are the ethical responsibilities of universities toward their communities  — and the public more generally? How do we make what we do accessible to others?

Use the comments section to begin your discussion of these issues, connecting them if you can to last week’s discussion.  How might Ariel Poland’s emphasis on the dangers of “bias” enter into these debates? Are his concerns answered by the readings you have for this week’s class — or do the readings raise new questions?  How does recent history help activists do their work — or does the work of historians present potential threats?

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