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March 3: Doing Public History Today

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 12:30 p.m.


March 3, 2016
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

New York University
(2nd Floor, Dean’s Conference Room)
4 Washington Square North
New York 10003, NY

Moderator: Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies, NYU

Speaker: Catherine Brice, Professor and Director of the MA in Public History, Université de Paris-Est Créteil

Respondents: Peter Wosh
, Professor of History and  Director, Archives/Public History Program, NYU, and Edward Berenson, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for French Studies, NYU

Lunch will be served
Sponsored by the Center for International Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities, the History Department, and the Institute of French Studies


Catherine Brice is Professor of Contemporary History at the Université Paris-Est Créteil, where in September 2015 she launched France’s first MA degree in Public History. A specialist of 19th century Italian history, she has published Histoire de l’Italie (2003) ; Monumentalité publique et politique à Rome : le Vittoriano (1998) ; Histoire de Rome et des Romains de Napoléon Ier à nos jours (2007) and Monarchie et identité nationale en Italie, 1861-1900 (2010). She is now working on the economic dimension of political exile in the 19th century, and the links between exile and innovation.

Edward Berenson is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of French Studies at NYU. He works on empire, colonialism, public memory, and celebrity. He is the author of The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic History (2012), and is currently at work on a history of modern Europe since 1500 to be published by Oxford University Press. He was decorated by French President Jacques Chirac as Chevalier dans l'Ordre de Merit in 2006.

Peter J. Wosh
is Clinical Professor of History and Director, Archives/Public History Program at NYU. His books include Waldo Gifford Leland and the Origins of the American Archival Profession (2011). He recently directed a federal grant entitled "Digital History Across the Curriculum" to introduce and integrate new media into the archives and public history program at NYU.

Please RSVP by March 1st with Valérie Dubois