The Center for the Southwest, in the UNM Department of History, presents an all-day symposium, "Where Does History Live: The Academy, Cultural Institutions, the Landscape and the Digital World," Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Studies Center at Mesa del Sol.

Registration is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. A light breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided.

History is everywhere, but professional historians are only beginning to explore all the places history lives. Virginia Scharff, professor of history and director of Center for the Southwest said, "We academics tend to talk about 'history' and 'public history,' but the immense range of places and possibilities for interpreting history from museums, libraries and archives, to historic sites, common landscapes and cyberspace, should probably inspire us to use new terms--maybe 'academic history' and 'history.'

The symposium brings together historians, who practice in all these places, to consider the question, "Where Does History Live?" Scharff said she expects lively conversation, along with examples of digital exhibits from the UNM Libraries, the IFDM and the Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program.

Presenters include Jon Christensen, executive director, Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West, Stanford University; Estevan Rael-Galvez, vice president of Historic Sites, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Amanda Cobb-Greetham, administrator of the Division of History and Culture, Chickasaw Nation; Sarah Payne, Historic Preservation, L.L.C.; and Erik Loomis, assistant professor of History, University of Rhode Island, and award-winning history blogger at Lawyers, Guns and Money.

In addition to the Center for the Southwest, the event is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Studies Program, the Historic Preservation Program in the School of Architecture and Planning, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, University Libraries, Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute and the Department of History.

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