UA Little Rock to host the Public History Graduate Student Research Forum

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The University History Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will continue their 2020-2021 virtual Evenings with History lecture series by hosting the Public History Graduate Student Research Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

UA Little Rock graduate students Acadia Roher, Emily Summers, and Mollie Waldon will discuss their current research as well as answer questions from the audience.

Roher will discuss her work creating immersive StoryMaps that highlight and give context to primary sources made available by the Mapping Renewal pilot project from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC).

“Mapping renewal creates opportunities for scholars and the general public to explore the history and impacts of urban renewal in Little Rock,” Roher said. “The StoryMaps delve into the intersecting histories of school desegregation, ‘slum’ clearance, and the construction of I-630 during the urban renewal period.”

Summers’ research will explore the connection between film and culture, examining how major historical events might have impacted the types of movies made.

“Using records from the Arkansas Amusement Corporation in Little Rock, I will track trends in genre popularity from the 1930s to the 1960s and determine if they correlate with major historical events and national trends,” Summers said.

To register for the free event, visit this link.

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