Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Meet the blog team


Kelly M. Britt (left) received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and continued her studies at Columbia University where she received her M.A. and M.Phil., also in Anthropology.  She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University, completing her research on the effects of archaeology and heritage tourism on community economics and identity at the Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Her research interests include historical archaeology, urban studies, historic preservation, heritage studies, museum studies, tourism, and advocacy issues, especially around the topics of memory, construction of identity, and linking the past to the present in public interpretations of the past.

Antony Cherian (center) is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he previously completed a Master of Science in Information Systems.  He has worked on public history and digital media projects for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Diverse Arts' Austin Blues Family Tree, the Lummi Nation's Northwest Indian College, and elsewhere.  "Truth I Ever Told," an oral history documentary that he co-authored and produced, won the American Folklore Society's 2003 Zora Neale Hurston Prize in African American Studies for its depiction of an African American farming community in rural Washington County, Texas.  Tony is currently working on his dissertation on the construction of narrative at Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site.

Denise Meringolo (right) is professor and coordinator of the Public History Track at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She completed her Ph.D. at George Washington University and conducts research in American cultural history, with a particular interest in museums and other public historical institutions.  She has worked in numerous public history organizations, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, and the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park.  Her scholarly work theorizes the relationship between public history and identity formation/  she is currently writing a book about the origins of the National Park Service's history program in the 1930s.  


Larry Cebula said...

A conference blog is a fine idea--but a conference has so many events and goes by so quickly, can three people keep up? Have you thought about opening he blog so any NCHP attendee can create a post?

2008 NCPH conference said...

We're sort of dipping our toes into this idea of a "virtual conference" to parallel the Louisville/Liverpool programs this year - but if it seems that there's interest in having wider participation in the digital realm, opening the floor to broader participation is definitely something we would think about for next year. The goal isn't necessarily to get the entire experience online, but to create a kind of electronic "third space" between the two concurrent conferences, which we hope will include non-attendees as well.

Thanks for the thought!

Cathy Stanton
Blog team coordinator

Larry Cebula said...

That s fine. By the way I went on the Cave Hill Cemetery tour today--you can post my photos if you like: http://picasaweb.google.com/larrycebula/CaveHillCemeteryTour