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Public History: What It Is & Why It’s Important

Jason Rieve
Tom Luljak with Jasmine Alinder, Nan Kim and Chris Cantwell.

The study of history has always been one of the cornerstones of our educational systems. Knowing what people have done in the past is essential to understanding the world we live in today.

On this edition of UWM Today, we explore an area of history that has become increasingly important in our society: public history. You may not have heard the term before, but you almost certainly have seen the product of what public historians do. Joining us in the studio are Jasmine Alinder and Nan Kim, both associate professors of history at UWM, and Chris Cantwell an assistant professor of history at UWM.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.