The Public Presentation of World Civilizations in New York City

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Your?job?is?to?visit?a?site?or?participate?in?a?guided?tour?in?New?York?City?whose?presentation?of
history?intersects?with?one?or?more?of?the?topics?we?ve?studied?during?the?semester.?As?a?global?city?since?the
early?17th?century,?New?York?provides?an?excellent?venue?to?explore?how?early?world?history?is?understood,
interpreted,?filtered,?and?presented?through?the?lens?of?an?individual?place,?collection?of?objects,?or
neighborhood.
Regardless?of?whether?you?visit?a?single?historic?site?or?museum?or?take?part?in?a?guided?tour,?your?task?will?be?to
provide?a?detailed?and?thorough?critical?analysis?of?how?public?historians?as?opposed?to?academics?interpret
and
present?New?York?s?early?global?past?to?a?diverse?audience.?
Your?job?is?not?to?summarize?the?history?we?ve?discussed?in?class?and?that?you?ve?read?about.?This?would?be?too
easy.?Rather,?your?job?is?to?critically?analyze?and?discuss?how?one?slice?of?that?bigger?history?is?presented?to?a
diverse,?general?audience?in?one?locale.?To?that?end,?you?should?paint?a?picture?with?your?words?of?the?site?you
visited,?describing?its?layout,?exhibits,?prominent?features,?omissions?(if?you?notice?any),?and?what?you?believe?to
be?the?site?s?overall?point?or?argument?about?the?past.?During?this?discussion,?you?should?make?detailed?reference
to?the?history?we?ve?discussed?in?class?either?by?citing?lecture?notes?or?the?textbook?as?a?way?to?analyze?the
way
that?same?history?is?interpreted?and?presented?in?a?more?general,?public?setting.?You?may?also?wish?to?comment
on?whether,?based?on?your?analysis,?the?site?has?successfully?achieved?its?goals,?and?how?it?might?improve.