Public History, Internships, and Digital Humanities: New faculty member J. Patrick Mullins took the helm of our public history program this year. His Applied History course worked with the Milwaukee County Historical Society to create an interactive website (complete with video interviews, playlists, and timelines) based on the Society’s spring exhibit, “Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music.” Check it out here.
Undergraduate interns enjoyed a variety of experiences, ranging from working on a forthcoming exhibit on historic weapons at the Milwaukee Public Museum, researching and posting entries for a tour of Marquette University buildings and events on TheClio (a website and app—check it out here.) to working on the Near West Side History Project, which explores Marquette’s neighborhood in the 1920s (check it out here). Another student is interning on an archeological dig at Historic St. Mary’s City in Maryland this summer. Finally, this summer two MA students are piloting a graduate internship program at the Chudnow Museum, a material culture museum located in a historic cream city brick house just a couple of blocks from Marquette’s campus.
Other digital scholarship efforts included projects completed in Lezlie Knox’s “Black Death” course. Two of them were featured in the Digital Scholarship Lab’s blog. You can read about Katherine Stein’s project on epidemics in literature here and about Cara Caputo’s work on tuberculosis here. The blog has also featured the Near West Side project.
J-Term Trip to Cuba
The department’s contribution to MU’s first “January-Term” or J-Term, was a study trip to Cuba, led by Michael Donoghue and Laura Matthew. The fifteen students who enrolled in the class visited museums, archives, and historic sites, spoke with local experts on Cuban history, and sampled the culture of a country that only recently had been opened to such trips. You can read much more about the class here. Donoghue plans to lead a second trip to Cuba in January 2018.
Accelerated Degree Program in History
Beginning in Fall 2017, eligible undergraduates can begin earning an MA in history during their junior and senior years. The idea is to give particularly good and particularly interested students a chance to get a head start on their graduate studies and to build stronger credentials for post-graduate employment.