We are pleased to announce the keynotes for the October 17-18 MN+ Digital Collections Conference and MDL Annual Meeting!
Dr. Kirsten Delegard from the project Mapping Prejudice will open the program on October 17th (in-person day). Her talk is "Mapping Trust with Mapping Prejudice: How Libraries Foster Community-powered Research." Delegard is one of the co-founders of the award-winning Mapping Prejudice Project, which illuminates how housing policies and practices have been used to construct racial inequalities over the last century. Rooted in public history, Mapping Prejudice grew into a cutting-edge geospatial research project that uses digital tools to open up new avenues for policy making, scholarship, and community dialogue.
John Garrison Marks, Director of the Public History Research Lab at the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), will keynote the virtual day of the conference on October 18th. His presentation title is "Reframing History: Communicating an Inclusive Vision of the Past." Amid ongoing national controversy, it is more important than ever for history professionals—from museums to archives to universities—to be able to clearly explain why history is, how we come to understand the past, and why it matters to society. But how do we know if the way we explain history’s value are actually moving the needle with audiences of different background, identities, and political affiliations? Drawing on findings from a two-year, deep-dive, collaborative research effort, “Reframing History” offers new insights on how we can most effectively articulate to our audiences why an honest, inclusive vision of the past matters for all of us.
We hope you can join us for these exciting and informative presentations! We are finalizing the rest of the program and registration will open soon.