As part of its mission of engaging students, scholars, and general audiences in thoughtful conversations about history and memory, CWI has recently joined the National Council on Public History (NCPH) as a Patron member, extending and expanding the ties forged between the two organizations in 2013, when CWI associate director Jill Ogline Titus was elected to three-year term on NCPH’s board of directors. A membership association dedicated to making the past useful in the present and to encouraging collaboration between historians and their publics, NCPH is the nation’s leading professional organization for public historians. The organization establishes professional standards, ethics, and best practices; provides professional development opportunities; fosters networking and a sense of community among public history practitioners; maintains the popular blog History@Work; supports history education; and publishes the field’s journal of record, The Public Historian. As a Patron member, CWI helps to sustain the important work carried out by the organization, supporting the resources and frameworks that will benefit our students and our colleagues for years to come. Read more about CWI’s support for NCPH.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
In Fall 2014, CWI will co-sponsor an exhibition of works by internationally renowned, New York-based contemporary artist Michael Scoggins at Schmucker Art Gallery. Opening September 10, When Johnny Comes Marching Home features a selection of large scale works on paper reflecting Scoggins’ interest in military and political topics. Scoggins’ works actively appropriate popular imagery to take a critical stance on contemporary politics, historical memory and the formation of cultural identities and biases. Two new works in this vein, The Gettysburg Address and Battle of Gettysburg, were created specifically for this exhibition at Gettysburg College. The artist will present a talk in Schmucker Art Gallery on Friday, October 3 at 4:00 pm. A reception will follow in the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public. Please click here for more information on the exhibition.