Hi All! I’m back with a new podcast episode, it’s a short one but in today’s episode I’m discussing grant evaluation and sitting on the other side of the funding table. I talk about grant adjudication, collaboration, and grant writing.
I’m participating alongside Andrea Eidinger, Britt Luby, Carolyn Podruchny, and Sarah York-Bertram in a “The Covid-19 Chroniclers” project. This initiative aims to document our experiences working in academia during the era of Covid-19.
We are chronicling our experiences working in academe throughout the coronavirus outbreak. We are writing as support staff, a tenured faculty member, a pre-tenured faculty member, a sessional instructor, and a graduate student. We feel that our personal lives could reveal how privilege in the academy shapes our experiences. We’ll be posting new content daily on the website and hope that chronicling this experience can be useful to reflect on academic life and to build community within academia.
On Thursday February 27, 2020 I presented a webinar on “Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Inclusion in Libraries.” Sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee this session provided an overview of a diverse range of gender identities and experiences and best practices for working with transgender colleagues, students, and patrons.
The slides and speaker notes from my presentation can be found here. You can also check out the PADLET I created as part of the session to allow participants to share what their libraries are doing to support trans and gender variant inclusion. The chat was super lively during the webinar and the collated links from the cat can be found here.
Lastly, if you want you can watch the whole webinar video. Thanks again for all the work of ACRL in supporting this webinar.
UPDATE:Registration for this webinar is now full (wow! thanks folks!). If you are interested in receiving a copy of the recording you can email Laura Gariepy at lwgariepy[at]vcu[dot]edu and she will make sure you get access to the recording.
On Thursday February 27, 2020 I’m presenting a free webinar on “Trans and Gender Non-conforming Inclusion in Libraries.”
Sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee this session will provide an overview of a diverse range of gender identities and experiences and best practices for working with transgender colleagues, students, and patrons. Through the sharing of examples, this session will challenge participants to create trans affirming spaces while critically examining library policies, languages, and practices.
Earlier today I had the pleasure of providing a virtual talk on podcasting, scholarship, and public history. My talk focused on how podcasts can be forms of scholarship and outreach. I also spoke about my experience recording the Historical Reminiscents podcast.
As is likely evident by a lot of my recent posts, I’ve been doing a lot of collaborative writing and research recently. A huge chunk of this collaborative writing has been with my co-conspirator colleague Andrea Eidinger of Unwritten Histories. Andrea and I have a lot of project ideas and discussions about things we should work on. Late in 2018 we decided that we needed to start keeping track of all these brilliant ideas in a more formal way. Enter the spreadsheet to end all spreadsheets – or at least the spreadsheet to organize our collaborative writing projects. Continue reading Spreadsheet Beauty: Organizing The Things
Check out my latest post over on Unwritten Histories. This post, written in collaboration with Andrea Eidinger, looks at Celebrating Women and Non-Binary Historians. We share the submissions from our December 2018 call to celebrate folks and talk about why promoting and acknowledging the accomplishments of women and non-binary folks matters.
In 2017, archaeologist Steph Halmhofer issued a call for submission for the first “Celebration of Women and Non-Binary Archaeologists.” The call was a response to the lack of women and non-binary representation in year-end archaeology roundups, as well as problems with representation in the media and public discourse. We have noticed many of the same problems in the field of History.
Inspired by Halmhofer, we invite all women and non-binary folk who consider themselves to be historians to celebrate their personal and professional accomplishments from 2018. To so do, please fill out the Google questionnaire by December 31st. We welcome submissions from all forms of historians and your accomplishment can be anything you want to celebrate in your personal or professional life from 2018. Blog posts, articles, podcasts, interviews, self-care, etc. all count as accomplishments!
Accomplishments will be shared on Unwritten Histories in a special blog post in early January. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on Twitter at @andreaeidinger or @kristamccracken, or by emailing us at unwrittenhistories [at] gmail [dot] com.
You folks are awesome, and congratulations!
– Andrea Eidinger and Krista McCracken
* Special thanks to Steph Halmhofer for her support for this project. To find out about her celebration of women and non-binary archaeologists, go here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9mZqzJEcmbyvK_Ryg5kt_5cQrsyWYksD6lqj93JTp7MW09g/viewform
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 over the past year. 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 encourage other folks to take the time to reflect on all the small and big things they have been a part of in 2018.
Skylee-Storm Hogan and I have submitted two book chapters – one related to the Residential Schools Land Memory Mapping Project and one about archives as contested space.
I had an article accepted to the Canadian Historical Review, it will be appearing in the 2019 summer issue of CHR.
Andrea Eidinger and I wrote an academic article together! Publication details are still forthcoming, but working with Andrea on this was a fantastic experience and it highlighted the value of cross-discipline collaboration.
I’ve continued to work as part of the Active History editorial collective. In 2018 Andrea Eidinger and I launched the Beyond the Lecture series. This series is focused on exploring best practices in teaching Canadian history and seeks to expand perspectives related to history education. The series is still open to submissions, so hit us up with your ideas!
Talks and Presentations
In April 2018 I was part of a fantastic National Council on Public History roundtable, titled “Sharing the Power: The Role of Public History in Reconciling Indigenous-Settler Narratives.” It was an honour to be part of this panel that featured Indigenous, settler, Canadian, and US perspectives on public history work.
I also had the privilege of being part of the “Diversifying Narratives: Intersections of Public and Digital History in the 21st Century” roundtable at the Canadian Historical Association Annual meeting in May 2019. This session brought together Andrea Eidinger, Jessica Knapp, Jessica DeWitt, and I to talk about digital history and public history. I love collaborating with these folks and this roundtable was no exception.
I’ve also continued to do a lot of outreach and presentation work as part of my job – I’ve spoken with over 5,000 students and professional groups about Residential Schools and the history of the Shingwauk site. As part of this work I’ve had the chance to work closely with some great folks including Skylee-Storm Hogan, Mike Cachagee, Madison Bifano, and Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad. These folks are constant sources of inspiration and I’m lucky to work with them.
I was part of the group that helped organize the National Council on Public History (NCPH) “(Re)Active Public History” Twitter mini-con. I am thrilled with how this event turned out and especially pleased with the number of great presentations that were part of the event. If you missed it, you can check out all of the presentations as Twitter moments.
I was nominated to the NCPH Board of Directors and as part of that role I’ve been able to collaborate with some great NCPH folks and continue to learn more about all of the moving parts that make NCPH such a great organization.
The Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition space opened in August 2018. This space is representative of so much community collaboration and I can’t adequately express how happy I am to see this space being used for education and the ongoing work to honour Survivors of the Shingwauk Residential School.
This year was full of grant writing and grant based projects. Some highlights include:
Being part of the SSHRC funded “Documenting Early Residential Schools” project with Tom Peace and the Woodland Cultural Centre. This funding allowed a group of Huron students to spend a few days up at Algoma/Shingwauk site – which was a fantastic experience.
Skylee-Storm Hogan and I were awarded a $10,000 ChangeUp grant through the Inspirit Foundation. This project has focused on youth education around Residential Schools and has allowed us to pay some awesome Indigenous youth for their work.
2018 also saw the continued funding of the “Realizing Healing and Reconciliation through Education” by the Heritage Canada Museum Assistance Program. This current funding will allow the SRSC to expand the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition to include an artifact driven exhibition space.
I’ve continued to produce and record episodes of the Historical Reminiscents Podcast on a regular basis. With November marking the one year anniversary of this podcast!
This year I taught an “Introduction to Archival Studies” course at AlgomaU in the fall term. This is the first time an archives studies course has been offered at AU, so I’m super happy about that development.
I have an energetic and empathetic four year old who inspires me to do better.
Despite the horrid news cycle that has characterized 2018, I had many good experiences over this past year. I am fortunate to work with kind and generous collaborators who are an inspiration. I’m looking forward to 2019 being filled with more of the same.