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‘Academics, Intellectuals, and Popular History’

Fri, February 8, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

No topic is of more intense interest among historians and intellectuals in general than the question ofhistorical scholarship and public discourse—of the application of deeply researched and informed history to public affairs, as well as its interest to members of the public.  Many elements of this question have not been adequately addressed.  Nor has responsibility for the rupture between academic and popular history been fairly apportioned.  What is the situation, and what can be done to address shortcomings on both sides?  

James M. Banner, Jr., is a historian of the United States and the discipline of history.  Formerly a member of the Princeton faculty, he is the author of books and articles on history, teaching, and public affairs, most recently Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History (Cambridge).  He was the co-founder, with Joyce Appleby, of the History News Service and has been a moving force behind the National History Center.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar in British Studies

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