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Decolonizing Western Pasts: How Public History and Writing Can Inform Each Other
Using an example from his current book project, Dr. Daniel Grant will discuss the ethical, methodological, and practical challenges and possibilities of combining archival research with public history. He will share lessons from facilitating a public history event with members of contemporary Indigenous, African American and Anglo communities in Yuma, Arizona whose interwoven and conflicted histories living along the Colorado River he is writing about. There, everyone reckoned with the raw archival material of their shared histories, in the process changing understandings of the past and offering glimpses of more just futures. During Q&A, participants will be invited to share experiences from their own work to grapple with decolonization not as an abstraction but as a set of practices that scholars and writers can incorporate into their own research and partnerships.

Our guest scholar, Dr. Daniel Grant, is an environmental historian who writes and teaches about multiracial migrations in the North American West. He recently relocated to Corvallis and has held appointments at Harvard University, Middlebury College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This online event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Oct 25, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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