As part of a new initiative, the World History Center now funds a three-term Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) position in Public History each academic year. The program is open to any Pitt graduate student with an interest in world history and creating a public-facing project with the goal of communicating with a non-academic audience about a topic in the transregional or global past. For specific information about upcoming GSA calls for proposals, see below.
Summer 2018 GSA Andrèa Hanna
Andrèa's project explores how European Catholic relics, ex/im-ported to America, helped re-construct the identity of Troy Hill’s Germanic, Catholic, immigrant community in the 19th century. When her project concludes in August, we will post the video of her public lecture to the Troy Hill Historical Society along with recorded oral histories collected from members.
Spring 2018 GSAs Alex Mountain and Cory Brazile
To start off this new initiative, the WHC offered two terms of the three-term GSA position to run concurrently for the Spring semester of 2018. Two proposals that were similar in scope and topic were chosen by our committee and two graduate students are now serving as dual-GSAs for the WHC. Alex Mountain and Cory Brazile both submitted proposals that focused on local Pittsburgh youth sports in a global context. Alex's project examines the transformation of ice hockey from a regional sport, popular only in the northern enclaves of North America, to a global, commercial network of teams and players. Cory's project investigates the impact of the global trends of professionalization in sport on local youth soccer programs.
Alex and Cory have secured a partnership to assist the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center in their current exhibition expansion and some of their work will be integrated into the exhibition on sport in Pittsburgh. Specifically, the interviews they conduct will contribute to the Museum’s current collection of oral histories, and will feature on the Heinz Making History Blog. The end product of this project is the website City of Champyinz, which showcases the interviews conducted throughout the term.
Call for proposals - GSA in Public History for Spring 2019
The Pitt World History Center will be offering two Graduate Student Assistantship in Public History for the spring of 2019. We seek Pitt graduate students in the Dietrich Shool of Arts and Sciences, at any stage of their program, who are eligible for university funding and who are interested in communicating to a non-academic audience about a topic in the transregional or global past.
Please check back to this site in the fall for posted dates and deadlines.