Hana Maruyama, Assistant Professor of History, University of Connecticut
Kacie Lucchini Butcher, Director of the UW-Madison Public History Project
Laurie Moberg, Managing Editor and Project Manager, IAS, UMN
What does scholarship have to contribute to public conversations and broader social concerns? How do we make scholarship an exchange? Join us for a conversation with scholars doing public scholarship, sharing work created with community, for community. From podcasts to popular media publications, storymapping to public exhibits, tweeting to YouTube videos, campus and community knowledge holders use varied approaches to share their stories, start conversations about pressing social issues, and build relationships. Learn how and why they do this work and the impact this work has on bringing to light stories that are hidden or lesser-known.
Presented by the Institute for Advanced Study and the Office for Public Engagement.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Hana C. Maruyama is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a graduate minor in Heritage Studies and Public History. Her work focuses on Japanese American World War II incarceration, how it relied on and reproduced settler colonial logics, and how it impacted American Indian and Alaska Native people. She is the co-creator/producer of Campu, a podcast created in partnership with the Japanese American oral history organization Densho. She formerly worked for American Public Media’s Order 9066, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. She is yonsei (or fourth generation Japanese American) on her father’s side, with family incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Gila River, and Jerome.
Kacie Lucchini Butcher is a public historian whose work is dedicated to building empathy, advancing social justice, and serving marginalized communities as they reclaim their historical narratives. She is currently the Director of the UW-Madison Public History Project, a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to the histories of discrimination, exclusion, and resistance on campus. The project will culminate in a physical and digital exhibit, public lectures, and curricular materials that will allow the Madison community to reckon with this history. Prior to coming to UW, Kacie was the co-curator of the award-winning exhibit Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis which documented the history of racial housing discrimination and its effects on the city today. She is active in the public history community—hosting events and community conversations, attending trainings, and editing publications—and holds two committee positions for the National Council on Public History.
Laurie Moberg is the project manager for the Humanities-led Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative and Managing Editor for Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community, a journal of public scholarship focused on the intersections of social and ecological systems. Moberg earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2018, drawing on research on changing rivers and river communities in Thailand. In her current work, she approaches public scholarship a critical strategy for expanding whose stories are heard, for shaping our public conversations, and for forming solutions for our shared ecological challenges.