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“History in the News” at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – Thurs, July 20th

History in the News: Should Historians be Pundits?

Hosted by Willamette Heritage Center

Thursday, July 20th | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St SE, Ste 200, Salem, Oregon 97301

Recent editorials in the “New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post have raised questions about whether and how historians ought to opine on current events and political issues (see the links below, and please read!). In many ways, the WHC’s History in the News series has raised this question, too. For this program, we will directly engage the matter of whether historians and other scholars should be pundits. To what extent are/can scholars be objective? Are historians supposed to be apolitical? How should historians engage in political debate – if at all? What strategies do scholars have for managing and balancing their work as professionals and their interests in current events and political issues?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/opinion/trump-nixon-history.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/what-is-the-role-of-historians-under-the-trump-presidency/531729/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/20/this-isnt-1914-and-historical-analogies-can-often-lead-us-astray/?utm_term=.c7755c2cd024

History in the News is FREE and open to the public.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. History in the News is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio, and in partnership with Salem City Club.

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