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Benjamin Filene: Storytelling, Place, and Public Engagement
September 23, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
How can closely observed stories lead scholars to new understandings and engage new audiences? What are the possibilities and limits of local history? How does community-engaged work fit (or not) within the academy? Benjamin Filene, Director of Public History at UNC Greensboro, will explore these issues by showcasing two projects about African American history in North Carolina: one an award-winning exhibition about a company town near Greensboro and the other a work in process that emerges from a children’s book and set of photographs in UNC’s North Carolina Collection. Since 2006 Benjamin Filene has worked with his students to complete a series of community-based, collaborative projects relating to North Carolina history. Filene is the author of Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music and co-edited the collection Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.