Working Historians
Abigail Pfeiffer - Executive Director, Vietnam War Digital History Project

Abigail Pfeiffer - Executive Director, Vietnam War Digital History Project

January 24, 2020

Abigail Pfeiffer is the Course Lead for US History at Western Governors University, the Executive Director of the Vietnam War Digital History Project, and an adjunct instructor for Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, we discuss her academic and professional background, her research on prisoners of war during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, her development of the Vietnam War Digital History Project, and her teaching career.

This episode’s recommendations: Vietnam War Digital History Project: http://www.vwdhp.org/ Joanne B. Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2018): https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374154776 Truong Nhu Tang, David Chanoff, and Doan Van Toai, A Viet Cong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath (Vintage Books, 1986): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/176408/a-vietcong-memoir-by-truong-nhu-tang-former-minister-of-justice-with-david-chanoff-and-doan-van-toai/ Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 2012): https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469628356/hanois-war/ Rob’s review of Hanoi’s War for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective (April, 2013): https://origins.osu.edu/review/hanoi-central

Theoretical Museology in U.S. and Tribal Context Symposium Announcement

Theoretical Museology in U.S. and Tribal Context Symposium Announcement

January 22, 2020

Wherein we take a break from our normal interview podcasts for a breaking news announcement on a sequel to 2018’s symposium on the definition of museums. Here Rob describes the upcoming symposium on “Theoretical Museology in U.S. and Tribal Contexts,” an online meeting of the minds in conjunction with the International Committee for Museology, the International Council on Museums, and the Association of African-American Museums. Presentation proposals are due February 28, and the symposium will be held on August 27 and 28, 2020. Click here for more information: https://spark.adobe.com/page/Xodh9D32c3KHE/.

Susan Keefer - Substitute Teacher and Adjunct Instructor

Susan Keefer - Substitute Teacher and Adjunct Instructor

January 9, 2020

Susan Keefer is a substitute teacher, assessment exam grader, and adjunct instructor for history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we discuss Susan’s academic and professional background, the difference between regional history and national history, historiography, the value of pursuing a K-12 teaching credential, and the use of music in history courses.

This episode’s recommendations: Music! The Band, "The Weight" (from The Last Waltz), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCSzL5-SPHM Dead Moon, "54/40 or Fight", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPXSgpe0AVA Nirvana, "Rape Me," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TsqlT0rfJI They Might Be Giants, "James K. Polk," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSdgjP8os7U They Might Be Giants, "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFaRklAYanY

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