Historical Reminiscents EP 28: Spring Cleaning Your Work Life

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It is finally warm here! And flowers are starting to grow! As Spring rolls around I've been getting the urge to start Spring cleaning.  What does Spring cleaning mean for folks working in academia and public history? How do you set yourself for success in the coming season?  In this episode I chat about shaking … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 28: Spring Cleaning Your Work Life

Historical Reminiscents EP 25: Conference Season – Networking As An Introvert

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I'm currently at the National Council on Public History annual meeting (yay!) and with conference season ramping up I've been thinking a lot about networking.  In this episode I discuss networking as an introvert, conference survival tips, and small steps to building a strong network.  I also chat about virtual colleagues, asking for help, and … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 25: Conference Season – Networking As An Introvert

Historical Reminiscents EP 17: Leadership, Admin, And The Things They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School

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New podcast episode! In this week's episode I discuss building admin and leadership skills within public history.  I talk about education gaps, how to gain hands on experience, and the importance of mentorship. How have you worked to build admin or management skills within public history? Leave a comment or send me a message on … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 17: Leadership, Admin, And The Things They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School

NCPH Election Results

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Jumping up and down news! (Okay, I admit that I might be the only one who jumps up and down at this news). I was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council on Public History (NCPH). Folks can find the complete election results in the March issue of the Public History News … Continue reading NCPH Election Results

Talking About Failure in Academia

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Taking about failure is hard. The ways in which we talk about and process failure can be deeply personal. We often see failure of a representation of ourselves and take it personally. Folks in academia talk about success, however we are less apt to discuss those times we've failed to hit the mark. Failure is … Continue reading Talking About Failure in Academia

Historical Reminiscents EP 16: Building Moderation Skills

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New podcast episode! In this week's episode I discuss effective moderation techniques and the role of a good moderator.  I try to answer the questions: How do you become a moderator? What does a moderator actually do? What skills do you need to bring to the table as a moderator? Do you have good or … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 16: Building Moderation Skills

Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium

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Last week I participated in the Anishinaabe Inendamowin (thought) Research Symposium held at Algoma University. The theme of this year's symposium was "Weaving Meaningful Anishinaabe Research Bundles" and there was an emphasis on enriching academic research through Indigenous ways of knowing. The symposium included community knowledge holders, post-secondary students from all levels, and established Indigenous … Continue reading Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium

Historical Reminiscents EP 13: Fostering Meaningful Student Work Experiences

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Since starting at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre in 2010 I have worked with a lot of students and new professionals. Over time I've developed really strong feels about the important of building meaningful placement, co-op, and work experiences for students. This episode dives into student mentorship and the importance of creating skill building opportunities … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 13: Fostering Meaningful Student Work Experiences

Reading that changed my thinking in 2017

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For my last post of 2017 I'm going to highlight some of the books, blog posts, and articles I read this year that have had an impact on my thinking and professional practice.  These items are not necessarily new publications but just works I have read (or re-read) this year. Silencing the Past by Michel-Rolph Trouillot … Continue reading Reading that changed my thinking in 2017

2017 In Review

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It's December! That means it is annual year end reflection time. As in previous years I'm going to use this post remind myself of all the things I did in 2017.  A year is a long time and accomplishments tend to be immediately celebrated and then forgotten in the hustle of the day-to-day chaos.  I … Continue reading 2017 In Review