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Leslie Madsen

Leslie Madsen, associate professor of history and director of the IDEA Shop within the Center for Teaching and Learning, presented a poster and moderated a session at the National Council on Public History conference in Hartford, Connecticut.

Madsen’s interactive poster, “History in the Age of Disaster,” challenged historians to contribute to a conversation and project on the ways historians respond to such human-created catastrophes such as terrorism, mass migration, climate change and the gun violence epidemic. Her work examines the creation of condolence archives following mass shootings, digital reconstructions of cultural heritage destroyed in armed conflict, how historians are helping coastal communities pre-grieve their coming losses, and more.

Madsen also facilitated the panel “Best Practices in Action: The State of Teaching Public History in University Classrooms,” which featured faculty from the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Exeter, Appalachian State University, the University of West Georgia and Cortland State University.