From #MeToo to Systemic Cultural Change: A Public Historian’s Call to Action

The #MeToo movement has shed light on the widespread prevalence of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse, including in scholarly and professional communities. The last two years have shown us that the public history community is no exception. If we do not act, we are complicit in the violence that has pushed countless public historians out of theContinue reading “From #MeToo to Systemic Cultural Change: A Public Historian’s Call to Action”

Reflections on ‘Beyond the Breakthrough’ and Social Justice/Anti-Oppression Work

I went to the National Sexual Assault Conference in August wondering if it’s really possible to do transformative anti-oppression work from within mainstream anti-violence organization. My colleague and friend, E Bjorkman, and I had a lot of thoughts on doing social justice and anti-oppression work in our organization, the New York State Coalition Against SexualContinue reading “Reflections on ‘Beyond the Breakthrough’ and Social Justice/Anti-Oppression Work”

I’m at Readercon 30!

  Here’s my schedule: Friday, July 12 1–2pm, Salon 3: The Real Middle Ages, Part 1: Europe (Moderating) Medieval Europe was a hotbed of interaction among people of different cultures and ethnicities, so there’s no reason for fantasy novels with medieval-like settings to be blandly homogeneous. Panelists will discuss how popular narratives of medieval Europe misrepresentContinue reading “I’m at Readercon 30!”

Re: Docket No. ED-2018-OCR-0064, RIN 1870–AA14, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance

In November 2018, the US Department of Education published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Federal Register regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). During the following notice-and-comment period, I submitted the following comment to the Department of Education outlining my concerns regarding the proposed changes to Title IX.

Earth/Body/Silhouette

Earth/Body/Silhouette: Landscape as Artistic and Political Practice[1]   In an Artforum interview, Jacques Rancière asked: “What landscape can one describe as the meeting place between artistic practice and political practice?”[2] Landscape is a meeting place between artistic and political practice. Landscape is a medium of exchange between what is human and what is natural.

Thoughts on Columbus, Italian American History, and Solidarity

In the age of #BlackLivesMatter, the emergence of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and increasingly hostile US policies toward non-white immigrants, it’s time for Italian Americans to return to our radical heritage and stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people of color.

Article: “What are women’s prisons for?”

Amy Halliday, Chelsea Miller, and Julie Peterson, “‘What are women’s prisons for?’: Gendered states of incarceration and history as an agent for social change,” Museums & Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse 12, no. 1 (April 2017): 56-66, https://doi.org/10.1080/15596893.2017.1292104. ABSTRACT As the exhibition States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories travels the nation, visitors willContinue reading “Article: “What are women’s prisons for?””

The Public Humanitarium

In June 2016, I participated in a collaborative endeavor to create a website for the Five Colleges, Inc., detailing pathways from undergraduate humanities education to professional careers in the public and applied humanities. The website—part of a larger, two-year project funded by the Five Colleges, Inc. and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant—seeks to help students, faculty and staffContinue reading “The Public Humanitarium”

Reforming Gender and the Carceral State

A cage is a cage is a cage. We want strategies that let people out of cages, not ones that are for building nicer or better cages. —Annotation in the meeting notes of the Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition (SHaRC) on community alternatives to plans for the building of a $27 million “gender-responsive” women’s jail inContinue reading “Reforming Gender and the Carceral State”

Discourses of Culture and Sites of Interpretation

This post originally appeared on The Third Space: Textiles in Material and Visual Culture, an online exhibition curated by myself for the Institute for Curatorial Practice.  “Thus confined to a specific place and reduced to a set of taxonomic segments, art is immobilized, stamped as an essence of eternal history.” — Didier Maleuvre, Museum Memories: History, Technology,Continue reading “Discourses of Culture and Sites of Interpretation”