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Webinar: Making History Relevant

January 19

Making History Relevant

Why are we still talking about this?” “You get paid to do that?” “You need a degree for that?” Every history person knows that history – in theory, study, and practice – is often undervalued or discredited as irrelevant. We also know that “history” is truly inseparable from the “present.” AASLH’s own John Dichtl is a founding member of the History Relevance (HR) initiative, a group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today. Join us for a discussion of how history can have more impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories, and ideas of the past with those that are important and meaningful to audiences today.



Date: January 19, 2018

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm EASTERN (Remember to calculate for your time zone!)

Cost: FREE to all members and non-members

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact info@aaslh.org for more information.


Webinar Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn about the History Relevance initiative’s activities and projects.
  • Participants will learn how the national campaign can be utilized within their institutions and as a tool at the local level.
  • Participants will come away with ideas for making the case that history is relevant to contemporary society and issues.

Who Should Attend:

This webinar is suitable for all history persons.

About the Presenter:

Image of John Dichtl, President and CEOJohn Dichtl became AASLH President & CEO in 2015. Prior to that he was the executive director of the National Council on Public History (NCPH) for nine years, and worked for the Organization of American Historians for fourteen years as deputy director and in several other roles. John received his MA and PhD in early American history from Indiana University, and from 2006 to 2015 was an adjunct faculty member of the history department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Before academic life he worked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. John helped to found the History Relevance Campaign.