My public history and humanities work has encompassed a wide range of projects, from community forums on environmental justice to reading discussion programs for healthcare workers in hospitals. Currently, what excites me is working to make public history more inclusive of the diversity that we see in our communities today and in the past. One such project is the Queer Newark Oral History Project, which collects and preserves the stories and documents of Newark’s LGBTQ community. I am also leading the committee planning the second annual Telling Untold Histories unconference, the first and only unconference devoted to public history in NJ. Check out our 2015 unconference and put May 13, 2016 into your calendar for the next one.
Digital tools can be powerful ways to democratize historical knowledge production. As part of my current book project on cultural representations of Baltimore, I’ve created a pilot digital archive of the poetry magazine Chicory, which was written by residents of some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods from 1966-1982. I’m also working on mapping cultural representations. See this blog post for a description of an early version. Interested in more mapping? See the Environmental Justice Tour of Camden’s Waterfront South neighborhood that I built for the Center for Environmental Transformation with the help of students from Rutgers-Camden’s Civic Scholars Program.