The Future of Public History Programs in Canada

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Active history is proud to present a video each week from New Directions in Active History. The conference took place at Huron University College on October 2-4, 2015 and brought together scholars, students, professionals and community members to discuss a wide range of topics pertaining to active history.

Leading the panel on the discussion of Public History, Mike Dove, acting Coordinator of the Public History Program at the University of Western Ontario, addresses the key issues facing public history programs in Canada. In this video, Dove discusses the future of public history programs in Canada and the types of students who excel in and are drawn to public history. Over the course of the discussion Dove explores the different types of Public History delivered as part of these programs, including, archives management, digital history, and interactive exhibit design. In his closing remarks, he brings up three questions that can be used as discussion points for academic programs considering a public history stream:

  • Question 1: Do you have core Financial Support?
  • Question 2: Do you have the faculty and staff support to carry out the program?
  • Question 3: Are there jobs in the marketplace for your students and graduates to succeed?

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