A forthcoming piece in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, now available online, will be of interest to AHP readers. The piece, a conversation between historians Jennifer Tucker and David Serlin, is part of a special issue on public history which will appear later in the year.
“Guns, Germs, and Public History: A Conversation with Jennifer Tucker,” by David Serlin. Abstract:
In this wide?ranging conversation, historians David Serlin (UC San Diego) and Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University) discuss the role of material culture and visual media in shaping how museums communicate histories of science and technology. Tucker describes recent a public history project focused on nineteenth?century histories of firearms and gun regulation in light of contemporary debates about the Second Amendment “right to bear arms.” Serlin and Tucker conclude by speculating about possible curatorial directions for a future public history exhibit focused on the social and cultural impact of the COVID?19 pandemic during 2020.