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BC's History Department: Righting Historical Wrongs

Boston College’s History Department presents a new exhibition in the “Making History Public” series in conjunction with University Libraries.  The exhibition explores “righting historical wrongs at the turn of the millennium.”

The exhibition, which is entirely student curated and created during a semester long course, was spearheaded by Franziska Seraphim, an Associate Professor in the History Department. The aim of this course is to give History majors new skills that stretch beyond writing papers.

Students spent the entirety of last semester researching and reading literature by scholars who have tried to understand the recent upsurge in interest in righting historical wrongs.

Seraphim, who taught the “Making History Public” course last semester, asserted that the focus of this exhibition was to show “how global the concern with historical justice is, and the global connections that inform the case studies students undertook.”

This new exhibition features infographics, utilizing digital mapping and graphic design, which explore issues of historical justice, such as Japanese internment during World War II. Using these visualization methods is “useful, just to visualize something on a global stage and think with geography,” Seraphim noted.

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Exhibitions such as this are important to have on campus. BC’s commitment to social justice was a catalyst for the exhibition, and the focus on historical justice, as Seraphim noted, came from a “need to make up for decades of mistreatment,” across the various events her students researched.

Seraphim stressed the need for recognition of the large global issues that the exhibition aims to address and, since she dubs BC students as “global citizens in the making,” views the exhibition as an important addition to campus. One of the participating students in the exhibition, Shane Ewing, MCAS ’18, wants the exhibition to “encourage viewers to analyze injustices with which they are unfamiliar.”

The exhibition will be on display for the remainder of the semester in the History Department on the third floor of the Stokes South building.