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Join us on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. for the opening reception of our Spring 2020 exhibition, "Promoting Social Justice? Using Public History to Complicate the University's Narrative." 

This event is open the public. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend. Complimentary food and drinks will be available after the talk and guests will be encouraged to explore the exhibition. Please RSVP so we can prepare appropriately. 

Three students will speak about their experience curating the exhibition: Samuel Johnston, Lila Roades, and Lindsay McConnell.  Dr. Elizabeth Drummond  will provide an introduction to the students' work. 

About Our Speaker

Elizabeth Drummond is Associate Professor and Chair of History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She specializes in modern Central European history, with a focus on German and Polish nationalisms in the German-Polish borderlands of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She teaches broadly in modern European and world/global history, including modern German history, European gender history, imperialism, and (increasingly) public and applied history. Her course HIST 2910 Telling History in Public is a version of the department's required methods course taught through the lens of public history.

About the Exhibition

Public history examines the public uses of the past, including how communities remember, interpret, and present their histories and how those historical narratives shape understandings of identity and the present. Loyola Marymount University focuses on the “promotion of justice” as a core aspect of its identity and mission and as a guiding principle for all members of the university community. An examination of LMU history shows that the university has often taken noble and principled stances on social justice issues. But there have also been some issues where students’ and the university’s understandings of justice have not always aligned. This exhibition seeks to complicate the LMU narrative, by showcasing how LMU has sought to define itself in relation to important social justice issues, including highlighting commonalities and differences between students and administrators. By grappling with our own history, we can better live our mission in the present and future.

This exhibition was curated and designed by students in HIST 2910, "Telling History in Public." 

About the William H. Hannon Library

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. The library is open to the public during regular business hours. More information can be found at

For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or

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