Public History

Inside Ben Franklin’s World: An Interview with Podcaster Liz Covart

In February, Perspectives on History ran a story exploring the current boom in history podcasts, and found that podcasts allow historians to both disseminate their work to a wider audience and to develop professional connections with other academics. AHA Today recently spoke with Liz Covart, creator of Ben Franklin’s World, an interview-driven podcast focusing on current scholarship in early American history, about her experiences in the world of history podcasting.

Building an Inclusive Community Identity with History: The Dan River Region and History United

By Ina Dixon

Established by the AHA in 2002, the National History Center brings historians into conversations with policymakers and other leaders to stress the importance of historical perspectives in public decision-making. Today’s author, Ina Dixon, spoke on an NHC panel at #AHA16 on “Defining Social Needs: A Conversation about Philanthropy Past and Present between Historians and Foundation Officials.” 

Federal Proposal Would Eliminate IRB Oversight of History

By Zach Schrag

Historians have long complained about interference with their work by institutional review boards (IRBs), university-based ethics committees charged with protecting people who participate in experiments and other forms of human subjects research. Though well intentioned, IRB members and staff frequently fail to understand the differences between psychology experiments and genetic research on the one hand, and oral-history interviews and archival research on the other. For instance, they have sometimes insisted that oral historians disguise the identities of their narrators or destroy audio recordings, even though the identification of narrators and the preservation of their stories are central to the discipline.