PubComm 2017: This is Why We Fight!

March is shaping up to be a full month, and one of the exciting events coming up is the 7th-annual Public History Community Forum (PubComm). The theme for this year’s PubComm is “This is Why We Fight: Public History for the Public Good” and the event will be held at the American Philosophical Society on March 8, 2017. Presenters include Annie Polland of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Sean Kelley of Eastern State Penitentiary, Ismael Jimenez (organizer of the Philly Education Black Lives Matter Week of Action ), Mary Mark Ockerbloom (Wikipedian-in-residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation), and Temple University’s own Margery Sly.

The American Philosophical Society, located around the corner from Independence National Historical Park.

The event is, as always, a collaboration of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University-Camden and Temple’s Center for Public History, but other sponsors this year include The Myer & Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University and The American Philosophical Society.

Several of my classmates (Cynthia Heider and Chelsea Reed) are the brains (and bodies) behind this event, so it’s pretty cool to see it attracting healthy interest from the broader public history and public humanities community here in Philadelphia. I had an archivist (Hey Michelle!) recommend it to me today, so kudos to Cynthia and Chelsea!

I’ll likely be posting some kind of wrap-up/summary of the events, but if you’re interested and can make it to the event, RSVP for it now and make it the best PubComm ever!


Photo of American Philosophical Society created by Teemu and used under Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0

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