Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Feel the Power

As everyone remarked about Dubin's Displays of Power, the power of the press is undeniable. What is interesting is how the press not only plays a role at the time but how it then shapes the historical record. It was interesting to see how you reacted to these various controversies, sometimes siding with the curators, sometimes siding with the community stakeholders. As you are about to embark on a career path in presenting history to and with public audiences, I wondered whether in the end you found yourself in greater sympathy with one side or the other? Should curators have academic freedom? How do you know when to put the limits on sharing? What makes a topic controversial? What is the job of the curator in terms of the production of knowledge? I look forward to continuing these discussions.

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