A Roundtable on The History Manifesto: The Role of History and the Humanities in a Digital Age

Monday, November 17, 2014  6:15pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Heyman Center for the Humanities

Department of History

Society of Fellows in the Humanities

How should historians speak truth to power - and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history -- especially long-term history -- so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a call to arms to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society. Leading historians David Armitage and Jo Guldi identify a recent shift back to longer-term narratives, following many decades of increasing specialization, which they argue is vital for the future of historical scholarship and how it is communicated. This provocative and thoughtful book makes an important intervention in the debate about the role of history and the humanities in a digital age. It will provoke discussion among policymakers, activists and entrepreneurs as well as ordinary listeners, viewers, readers, students and teachers.

Armitage and Guldi will be in conversation with Matthew L. Jones, James R. Barker Associate Professor of Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University; Dan Edelstein, Professor of French and History at Stanford University; and Mark Mazower, Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.


  • David Armitage

    Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History

    Harvard University

  • Jo Guldi

    Assistant Professor of History

    Brown University

  • Matthew L. Jones

    James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization

    Columbia University

  • Dan Edelstein

    Professor of French and History

    Stanford University

  • Mark Mazower

    Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies

    Department of History
    Columbia University


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