The Impact Project and Our Own Impact

This article was posted on the AASLH Facebook page this morning. The author discusses the Impact Project and its efforts to help museum staff help create powerful programming and get people interested in history. More importantly there are efforts to bring more marginalized history to the forefront and open up the discussion.

I think we might be on to something using the HAL project and our own ideas when it gets to Greensboro to do some of the same things at the local level.

2 thoughts on “The Impact Project and Our Own Impact

  1. Hi Conny,

    HAL is our shorthand for the Humanities Action Lab out of The New School. HAL works to bring humanities scholarship to bear on contemporary issues of social, cultural, or political concern, and does so through traveling exhibits and programming to support that exhibit. The HAL traveling exhibits are created by a network of university classes. Three years ago HAL sponsored a traveling exhibit on Guantanamo Bay. This year HAL is producing an exhibit on mass incarceration in the United States, and twenty university classes are contributing “modules” to the exhibit. Our class at UNC-Greensboro created a module on chain gangs in 1920s North Carolina and is presently working in collaboration with formerly incarcerated people, their allies, and the local venue, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, to create programming for when the exhibit comes to Greensboro later this year. In many ways, I think, and as Jessica noted in the post, this project reflects many of the values of the History Relevancy Campaign.

    If you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me at



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