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ERIC Number: EJ1033428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Making Difficult History Public: The Pedagogy of Remembering and Forgetting in Two Washington DC Museums
Segall, Avner
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v36 n1 p55-70 2014
In this article, Avner Segall explores some pedagogical processes in the context of two museums in Washington, DC, that focus on difficult knowledge, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In doing so, Segall's aim is not to explore the museums as a whole or provide a comprehensive examination of each museum's full array of exhibit halls; nor to criticize these museums; but to explore the ways in which particular elements in the two museums illustrate two very different approaches to an encounter with difficult knowledge. Of specific interest to the author is the degree and ways in which the "difficult knowledge" presented in these two museums--one pertaining to the Holocaust, the other about the consequences of the Columbian Exchange on Native Americans--is portrayed and, subsequently, the particular ways in which this exposure acts educationally to invite visitors to know some things and to avoid others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia