This article sparked my interest due to our discussions the last two weeks on the future of museums and public history work. Terrorism has been a hot topic lately, and frankly for a few years. The article discusses terrorism as a word that is thrown around, but is never really defined.
As mentioned in the article, “To steer clear of such a public discussion would be, to Law, an ‘abdication of responsibility.'” How then can public historians and museums help to facilitate these discussions, educate the public on previous acts of terrorism, and their significance to society? Furthermore, the memory of these acts of terror on our society is equally as important (September 11th for example). However, for a word that is so infrequently defined, what would be some benefits to a facilitated discussion through museums, but also some drawbacks?