I am a guest blogger for ActiveHistory.ca, a website directed to connecting historians with the public, policy makers and the media. My first contribution is an extended version of my Petition to Save the Wellcome Center post. You can read my guest post HERE.
The ActiveHistory.ca website was developed out of the ideas from a two-day symposium in 2008 at Glendon College, “Active History: History for the Future.” Designed to bring together university-based and community-based historians, the conference aimed to facilitate the role of historians in the wider public and explore how history can branch out from the ivory tower and engage actively with the community.
The goal of the website, which was developed by graduate students at the history departments at York University and University of Toronto, is to expand on several key ideas from the conference. As the website explains,
We define active history variously as history that listens and is responsive; history that will make a tangible difference in people’s lives; history that makes an intervention and is transformative to both practitioners and communities. We seek a practice of history that emphasizes collegiality, builds community among active historians and other members of communities, and recognizes the public responsibilities of the historian.
If you are interested in history and public policy/communities, I strongly recommend you add the blog to your daily web reads. In addition to including a variety of historians and experts as guest bloggers, the blog also publishes extended pieces on topics that would interest the general public, media, and policy makers.