Career Diversity Speaker Series

In an ever-changing world, the perspective of historians is more important than ever. And so the Wayne State Department of History, following the initiative set forth by the American Historical Association (AHA), has founded a speaker series on career diversity to acquaint our students with the many options of alternate career paths in history beyond the doctorate. The voice of the historian is important in providing the social science perspective and influence in today's society. This initiative also confronts the reality of graduate students facing an ever-tightening job market in the traditional professorate while job opportunities continue to grow in the area of public history. For more information on the AHA Career Diversity Initiative, please visit Career History for Historians.

The Career Diversity Initiative was influential in our decision to launch a new academic program, the M.A. in Public History (MAPH). This as an interdisciplinary degree combining knowledge, skills, and experience from the fields of history, anthropology, political science, library and information science, and urban planning, among others. The degree in public history can lead to employment in diverse occupations such as museum work, library and archival research, public policy analysis, state and national parks, and tourism. The MAPH program offers specialization in six different areas: Museum Studies, Cultural Resource Management, Public Policy, African American History and Culture, Labor and Urban History, and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. For more information on the MAPH program, please visit the Master of Arts in Public History.


Cultural Preservation

Eric Hemenway

October 31, 2016

Cultural Preservation Department for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Northern Michigan

Digital Storytelling 

"Immigrant Stories Workshop"

October 6, 2016

Elizabeth Venditto

University of Minnesota 

The staff of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) are coming to Wayne State on October 5 to teach a free workshop about using the new Immigrant Stories web application. The Immigrant Stories project helps people tell, share, and preserve personal or family stories about immigration by creating digital stories: 3-5 minute videos made from a combination of images, text, music, video, and audio. All Immigrant Stories are preserved by the IHRC Archives, North America's oldest and largest archive of immigrant life, and shared publicly via the Digital Public Library of America.

No previous experience is required. The Immigrant Stories web app is a free, easy-to-use web-based platform that guides users through the progress of making an original video from start to finish, from script writing through video editing.

Independent Historical Research

"Boley, Indian Territory: Freedom and the All-Black Town"

September 27, 2016

Melissa Stuckey

Ph.D., Yale University

Senior Historical Consultant for the Coltrane Group, a non-profit seeking to preserve the record of historic black towns
 in Oklahoma;  Fellow at the Institute for African American Research at the University of North Carolina

Boley, I.T. was one of nearly a dozen all-black towns established in Creek Nation, Indian Territory (today part of Oklahoma) in the early twentieth century. Its founders and early inhabitants were primarily black Southerners seeking freedom from racialized oppression in the U.S. South. Their quest for autonomy led them to an Indian nation fighting to maintain its own sovereignty from the United States. The history of Boley brings to light a singular and extraordinarily brief historical moment when nationalistic black freedom ideology and geopolitical opportunity intersected for African-descended people in North America.

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