If you are in or around Providence this Friday, join faculty member Jake Barton for a lecture, “Designing Public History,” at Brown University. Jake is founder and principal of Local Projects, and the lecture will be co-presented with Rosten Woo, executive director and co-founder of The Center for Urban Pedagogy.
How do current events and lived experience evolve and settle into what is considered “history?” How can representations of the past influence our interpretation of the present? This messy process involves discourse, dialogue, and negotiations between major and minor histories, public and private stories. Here to discuss their parts in the process are Jake Barton of Local Projects and Rosten Woo of the Center For Urban Pedagogy, two leading firms that design public history in a variety of formats. Their projects deal with a wide spectrum of contexts and approaches: from the challenges of designing for national institutions like the September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center or NPR’s StoryCorps, to the problems of recasting the history of a single maligned street in Brooklyn. In their presentations, Barton and Woo will investigate the role of conflict, aesthetics and voice in representing public history.