History from Below meets once per month during the academic year to explore grassroots perspectives on the past. The group is an open forum and members are encouraged to discuss their own research and receive feedback. We also engage classic texts and theories and look at recent scholarship related to our work. Some of the problems we have explored in the past include: how to locate the ideas and activities of “everyday” people, how to incorporate grassroots perspectives into scholarly narratives, the role of the individual in history, the relationship between lived experience and historical change, social movements, oral history, public history, and popular culture. We have collaborated with The Yale Program in Ethnicity, Race and Migration and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition to bring in outstanding academic speakers whose work has redefined or challenged the conventional boundaries of the field.
Discussion leaders usually distribute a short text before each meeting. Students, faculty, and friends from all backgrounds are welcome.