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Debate/Panel Discussion

Pauley Symposium/Rawley Conference

Public History Careers for Humanities Scholars

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Katrina Jagodinsky, (402) 472-2414,
Graduate students seeking professional development as well as interdisciplinary audiences engaged in community-facing scholarship will benefit from this conversation featuring Public Historians who can speak both to the importance of public history in times of crisis, particularly given the renewed and national focus on monuments and statues that convey historical identity and memory, while also offering insights about using humanities training for a broad array of career outcomes.

Panelist Bios
—Dr. James F. Brooks, who is also our symposium keynote, has held a number of public history leadership positions including with the National Council for Public History, and has addressed the issue of controversial monuments in a variety of invited talks and publications.

—Dr. Rebecca Wingo is an alumnus of the UNL Department of History who is now the Director of Public History at University of Cincinnati and has published award-winning work on community engagement in public history with a focus on communities of color.

—Trevor Jones is the CEO and Director of History Nebraska and can speak to the shift museums and archives have had to make in response to the COVID pandemic and past moments of crisis while also linking his History MA to an executive career in public history.

—Kristin L. Ahlberg, Ph.D., historian and Assistant to the General Editor, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State. Kristin Ahlberg earned her M.A. (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) from the University of Nebraska, under the direction of Lloyd Ambrosius. As the Assistant to the General Editor in the Office of the Historian, Ahlberg compiles and reviews volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series. She is the author of Transplanting the Great Society: Lyndon Johnson and Food for Peace (Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 2008) and has published articles in Agricultural History, Diplomatic History, Great Plains Quarterly, and The Public Historian. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Agricultural History Society (AHS), as the co-chair of the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Membership Committee, and as a member of the NCPH Governance Committee. Ahlberg has served on the NCPH Board of Directors, American Historical Association (AHA) Professional Division, Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) Executive Council (and as Vice President, President, and Past President), and The Public Historian Editorial Board.

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