Mark Smith to Lecture on Sensory History and the Construction of Race

Mark Smith, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, will deliver a lecture in Cleveland on February 11th at 6pm, in the Smith Studio at Idea Center in Playhouse Square, 1375 Euclid Avenue.

The event, entitled Making Sense of Race, explores the full sensory history and construction of race, especially as it applied in the Southern US, ca. 1750-1960. The talk examines the full range of how race has been constructed as a sensory experience, including all five senses, and especially hearing, smell, taste, and touch.  The talk will be followed by an interactive discussion exploring ways to incorporate sensory history into the classroom.

The lecture is presented by the CSU Center for Public History & Digital Humanities as a component of the Sounds of American History teacher workshop series.  Participating teachers should register with Jim Luteran to recieve a parking pass and copy of Mark Smith’s book.

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Erin Bell (M.L.I.S.) is Project Coordinator and Technology Director at the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University and lead developer for Curatescape, a web and mobile app framework for publishing location-based humanities content. In addition to managing a variety of oral history, digital humanities and educational technology initiatives, he has spoken to audiences of librarians, scholars, and technologists on best practices in web development and publishing.