Sunday, 6 January 2013

More on the story of history...

I see that the folks at History News Network have put up American Historical Association president Bill Cronon's presidential address. The subject is a good one, simply titled 'storytelling.'

For me he's speaking to the converted, but it's nice to see this being put forward at the centre of the profession - that is, it's nice to hear someone say that speaking to the pubic, making them interested in history, making the public care about history, is the single most important thing that professional historians do.

Yes. Exactly.

There's a story about the AHA and these kinds of issues in the NYT too, called 'Historians look book, and inward, at annual meeting.'

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