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7 Rules for Public Humanists

In Spotlight on October 6, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

Check out the blog post “Seven Rules for Public Humanists”.

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Steven Lubar’s avatar on Twitter

by Steven Lubar, Department of American Studies, Brown University via On Public Humanities.

“If we want the humanities to be more than academic—if we want them to make a difference in the world—we need to change the way we work. We need to rethink some of the traditional assumptions of the humanities. I suggest here seven rules of thumb for doing public humanities. …”

  1. It’s not about you
  2. Be a facilitator and translator as well as an expert
  3. Scholarship starts with public engagement
  4. Communities define community
  5. Collaborate with artists
  6. Think Digital
  7. Humanists need practical skills


Immigrants in Coal Fields

Pine Mountain view

“Pine Mountain view”, Ann Wallace Shropshire Photographic Collection, 79PA110, Special Collections, University of Kentucky

One of the sessions at the upcoming KATH Annual Meeting, October 18th, is “Immigrants in the Coal Fields,” a Digital Humanities Project by Heidi Taylor-Caudill and Whitney Hays. The session will be led by Stacie Williams who is the Learning Lab Manager at UK’s Special Collections Research Center. She is accompanied by Heidi Taylor-Caudill, currently a graduate student teaching for the UK College of Communication & Information, who was the UK Collections Intern working on the project.

Heidi Taylor-Caudill

Heidi Taylor-Caudill

Stacie Williams

Stacie Williams

This presentation explores how the convergence of journalism-based content management systems (CMS) and archival resources combine to create a unique and interactive tool for discovering history. Taylor-Caudill, one of the UK graduate students who worked on the project, will share best practices, including perspectives on how they used it for teaching and how they instructed students on using the CMS. Williams, one of the managers of the project, will discuss challenges and suggestions for using the interactive platform and  applications for creating curriculum for various grades through the undergraduate level.

Sign up for the KATH Annual Meeting today! Use our online registration form or contact Dr. Alana Cain Scott at Morehead State University directly. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Posted September 15, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth


Spotlight: Pattie Dillon, KATH President-Elect

In Spotlight on August 15, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , ,

spotlightModeling our spotlight this time on the new AHA blog’s “Member Spotlight” features, we thought we’d ask questions of our KATH Member-in-the-Spotlight this time. (See past KATH Spotlight articles by clicking here.)

Pattie Dillon

Dr. Pattie Dillon at Rivers Institute workshop on “Picturing America”

Today’s KATH Spotlight focuses on our current KATH President-Elect, Dr. Patricia Dillon. Dr. Dillon is Associate Professor of History at Spalding University and is currently serving as the Interim Chair of the School of Liberal Studies.

Current school and alma maters: faculty member at Spalding University since 2003; PhD, Mississippi State University; MA, University of Central Florida;  BA, University of Florida

Fields of interest: Civil War and Reconstruction; Jim Crow era; 1960s America; gender in American history; oral history.

When did you first develop an interest in history? As an undergraduate sociology major, my interest in history did not really develop until I started graduate school (where I planned on majoring in education) and enrolled in a Western History class with Dr. Shirley Leckie. Her ability to breathe life into historical figures, to enliven the past and illustrate how historical events shape the present ignited my passion for historical research and teaching.

How have your interests changed since graduate school? While I still treasure spending solitary time in archives, losing myself in the past researching letters, diaries, and other primary sources, since graduate school I’ve focused more on exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) and Interdisciplinary studies. SOTL research has improved my pedagogy and connection to my students, helping me to ignite their passion for history, while Interdisciplinary studies has enhanced my ability to weave together past and present by exploring historical events through myriad disciplinary lenses.

What projects are you working on currently? With my colleagues in the School of Liberal Studies at Spalding, I continue to explore interdisciplinary teaching and research methods. I also hope to start an oral history project in the  next few years, working with the homeless population in Louisville’s downtown area.

book coverIs there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members? I recommend Helen Fox’s revised edition, “When Race Breaks Out”: Conversations about Race and Racism in College Classrooms. With its insightful historical and contemporary analysis of racial issues, coupled with concrete classroom examples, I’ve relied on this text numerous times as I’ve prepared lectures and navigated important, yet oftentimes difficult, classroom discussions.

What do you value most about the history profession? I value history as the thread that weaves the fabric of our collective consciousness. It helps us to explore our humanity and interconnectedness.

Other than history, what are you passionate about? Animal rescue. I believe the way a community cares for neglected and abandoned animals influences how they care for each other.





Board Meeting, March 30

In Business Meeting,KATH Conference on April 29, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

KATH Board Meeting, Saturday, March 30, 2013
Patrick O’Shea’s Irish Pub, Louisville, KY

Present:  President Allison Hunt, Randolph Hollingsworth, Cheryl Caskey, Sara Price, Crystal Culp, Angela Ash (& Gracie Ash), Lorie Maltby, Jake Gibbs, Alana Scott, Pattie Dillon

Meeting arranged by Allison Hunt at Patrick O’Shea’s Irish Pub in Louisville, KY.

The meeting focused mostly on the upcoming fall conference/meeting. Randolph reported that new UK historian Amy Murrell Taylor has accepted KATH’s invitation to be the keynote speaker for the fall conference.  Her research is about wartime migration.  Dr. Taylor’s keynote will set the scene for the topic of wartime and post-war displacement.  Sara Price mentioned that she has connections with the Oral History Project:  Student Veterans in Iraq & Afghanistan.  This project consists of oral history interviews with students from UK, BCTC, NKU, and EKU.  Sara shared that a play was also done based on the interviews.  The project is still collecting interviews.

Talk then turned to the conference title; the group agreed to:  “DIS-placement:  Impact of War on Society.”  Discussion then focused on concurrent sessions.  Considerations included a session on the Battle of Perryville featuring Stuart Sanders, former Perryville Battlefield curator, whose book Under Fire describes the toll that the battle had on the community; Dean Lambert’s When the Ripe Pears Fall, about the Battle of Richmond; focus on the Kentucky core standards content, and the Oral History project.  Ideally there would be up to five breakout sessions.

The conference needs to be during the last two weeks in September, either September 21 or September 28.  The group would like to hold the conference in central Kentucky.  Two possible sites in Frankfort are the Kentucky History Center and Berry Hill Mansion.  Two sites in Lexington are the W. T. Young Library and Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

Conference schedule:

  1. Registration & Breakfast:  9 – 10 a.m.
  2. Welcome & Keynote:  10 – 11 a.m.
  3. Breakout Sessions #1:  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  4. Lunch & Business Meeting:  12:30-1:30 p.m.
  5. Breakout Sessions #2:  1:30-2:30 p.m.

Discussion of committees and assignments ensued:

  • conference program & speakers:  Allison Hunt, Sara Price, Angela Ash
  • logistics:  Jake Gibbs, Cheryl Caskey, Pattie Dillon; task:  location for conference, catering
  • funding & finance:  Alana Scott, Wendy Davis; tasks:  KY Humanities Council Grant, contact organizations to add to the program, investigate credit card services
  • papers & awards:  Randolph, Melanie Goan, Crystal Culp, Melissa; tasks:  4 paper awards, publicize the paper awards, possibly channel KY History Day papers to high school papers award
  • nominations (Lorie Maltby, Christopher Snow; tasks:  fill missing positions on the KATH Board—public/comprehensive university rep and research university rep)

Discussion of funding and finance issues:

  • How much to charge for the conference registration fee?  Last year registration fees were $35 + membership fee of $15 for a total of $50 for members and $15 for students.
  • How much can KATH pay for an honorarium for Dr. Talyor–$200?
  • Should KATH invite publishers to come to the conference and charge them a fee?  KCHS charges $100 for a booth to publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Pearson/Cengage and College Board.  There would be no charges for UK Press.
  • Should KATH pursue conference sponsorships from different organizations?
  • Should KATH look into selling KATH swag (e.g., coffee mugs, t-shirts, cheap tote bags, etc.)?  For this someone could investigate Café Press.

Next steps:

  • Decide on a location (agreed to contact):
    • Kentucky History Center (Cheryl Caskey);
    • Berry Hill Mansion (Lorie Maltby),
    • BCTC (Jake Gibbs)
  • Determine lunch catering & registration fees

Next KATH Board Meeting:  Sunday, April 21 in Louisville

Respectfully Submitted by
Lorie Maltby, Secretary

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