The Touring and Teaching of Difficult Subjects: Controversies in Public History
Dr. Timothy R. WhiteNew Jersey City University
Ratusha Restaurant (Rynok Sq. 1), Lviv
In his lecture Dr. White drew upon his experience as a tour guide and engaged public historian since the year 2000. For this work, he has often needed to teach difficult subjects such as racial strife, neighborhood displacement, gentrification, and monuments to topics such as the Holocaust and the Katyn massacre. Each time such a subject comes up on a tour or in a lecture, it elicits vastly different reactions and feelings from students or tour guests. He presented several case studies of difficult public history in the U.S.A., including the NYC Holocaust Museum, the Jersey City Katyn monument, a Jersey City statue of African-American baseball star Jackie Robinson, and the flying of Confederate flags. He also offered his perspective on select examples from Lviv as well, drawing comparisons between Ukrainian and American public history.
Jewish Days is a public program for general audiences. It is related to two other projects of the Center for Urban History - Summer School in Jewish History and Multicultural Past, held annually since 2010, and the initiative Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Common Heritage and Responsibility (in partnership with the Lviv City Council and the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ).
Cover Image: Katyn Memorial, 1991, Jersey City. Sculptor Andrzej Pitinski