Activist communities, consumed by the present, often forget to take time to look back to their past struggles and successes in order to inform their strategic choices. At the same time, social movement oral histories languish--unknown and untapped--in archives.
“Is This Home?” is an experiment in using new media to bridge this divide.
I was recently alerted to a long-time Athenaeum salon attendee’s analysis of the evolution of the salons during the time that he has attended. He described the early salons as small, intimate gatherings of people who asked thought-provoking questions in the course of substantive, robust conversations, and those in attendance were able to form close relationships.
Mary Mullen, who teaches in the department of English at Texas Tech University, published an article in the most recent Cultural Studies asking hard questions about the public humanities. In “Public Humanities' (Victorian) Culture Problem,” Mullen argues that