October 2, 2013
Shawnee State University's Digital History Lab and its new "Scioto Historical Mobile App Project" are hosting a public program on the study of "local history from below."
Nationally renowned historian Staughton Lynd, who first coined the phrase "Guerrilla History" to describe the practice of doing oral history interviews with the common man and woman, will share his memories of the late Howard Zinn, the author of "A People's History of the United States."
"Guerrilla History: Staughton Lynd, Howard Zinn & Local History from Below" will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, on the campus of Shawnee State University, in the East Ballroom of the University Center.
Staughton Lynd will be joined on the panel by three other practitioners of "history from below": Shawnee State University's Andrew Feight, Morehead State University's John Hennen and Marshall University's David Trowbridge.
Feight, Hennen, and Trowbridge will discuss their research and experience doing "history from below" in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
"Shawnee State is thrilled to host this public program, which offers our students and area residents the chance to hear from Staughton Lynd, a true living legend in the field of American history," Feight said. "Additionally, we are excited to have David Trowbridge, an expert on the Civil Rights Movement, and John Hennen, a specialist in labor history in Appalachia, on the panel."
It is hoped that the insights of Lynd and the panelists will help guide the further development of the "Scioto Historical Mobile App" as we work to preserve and tell the story of the common man and woman in Portsmouth and Scioto Valley history, Feight said.
The program is part of Shawnee State University's Digital History Lab's efforts at transforming how American history is studied, taught, and preserved in the modern digital age.
In partnership with scholars, students, artists, and cultural organizations the SSU's Digital History Lab facilitates undergraduate research projects and teaching initiatives, with the Scioto Historical app being the Lab's flagship project on local history.
The "Guerrilla History" program is made possible in part through a grant from the Scioto Foundation, and is co-sponsored by the local chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, as part of the chapter's celebration of Staughton and Alice Lynd's lifetime of service in the cause of peace and justice.
For more information visit www.sciotohistorical.org or contact Dr. Andrew Lee Feight, associate professor of history, Department of Social Sciences, Shawnee State University, at 740-351-3143 or at email@example.com