Julie Rose, director of the West Baton Rouge Museum will present a lunchtime lecture, Interpreting Difficult History, on November 17, 2016 at noon
at the West Baton Rouge Museum. Her new book, Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historical Sites (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)
, tackles the extraordinary challenges of interpreting histories of slavery, war, genocide and mass oppression. The lecture is timed with the exhibit, “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights”.
Difficult histories pose significant resistances and challenges for museum workers and visitors. How do we engage visitors in histories that are traumatic, controversial, and shocking? With the rise of social history since the mid-20th century, history workers and educators are grappling with how to engage students and museum visitors in histories that can be too much to bear.
The new book, provides a sensitive strategy, for students, educators, museum workers and visitors to develop and teach with compelling and ethical representations about historical individuals, communities and populations who have suffered.
The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Museums.