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10/1 @ 6PM: Doing Recent History: History that Talks (and Tweets!) Back

DoingRecentHistory book cover

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Columbia University’s Butler Library, Room 523
535 West 114th Street, NYC

  • Why is writing living history challenging?
  • What are the ethics of doing research on social media?
  • How can archivists balance the ethics of open access and ethics of privacy?
  • Do historians watch enough TV?!

Join Tenured Radical Claire Bond Potter, editor of Doing Recent History, as she engages with these questions and more with contributors to the book, including historian David Greenberg, and archivists Laura Hart and Nancy Kaiser.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History Archives.


David Greenberg is a professor of history and of journalism & media studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and the author of several books, most recently Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency  (W.W. Norton, 2016). Formerly managing editor and acting editor of The New Republic, he has also written for The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, The Washington Post, and many other scholarly and popular publications. He now writes a column for Politico.

Laura Hart is the coordinator of the Digital Southern Historical Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collection Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with Southern Historical Collection materials since 2001.

Nancy Kaiser is an archivist at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collection Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with Southern Historical Collection materials since 2000.

Claire Bond Potter received her B.A. in English from Yale University and her Ph.D. in History from New York University. She is currently Professor of History and Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative at the New School. Formerly the sole author of the education blog Tenured Radical at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Potter has also written War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1998), and with Renee Romano, she is co-editor of Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.) She is currently writing a book about radical feminism and the war on violence against women in the 1970s and 1980s. Her published work includes articles on feminism, digital humanities, political and queer history; a new collection of essays on digital humanities, which will open for crowd-sourced refereeing in January 2016, is under contract to the University of North Carolina Press.

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James P. Warburg being interviewed by Dean Albertson, 1952.

In the 1930s, journalist, biographer, and Columbia professor of history, Allan Nevins began to worry that future historians would find a dearth of evidence documenting the personal side of historic events because ephemeral telephone conversations were replacing letter writing.

Nevins began experimenting with what he called oral autobiography: interviews with “living Americans who have led significant lives,” (Gateway to History, 1938).

Nevins conducted his first interview on May 18, 1948 and the field of oral history was born. This exciting new historical research methodology attracted the support of historians Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr. and Richard Hofstadter, cultural critic Lionel Trilling, and other preeminent intellectuals of the time. The Columbia Center for Oral History Archives is now one of the largest oral history collections in the country, containing over 10,000 interviews. Continue reading