Hi there–welcome to my blog!
My name is Lucas Bensley. At the time of writing (August of 2018), I am a doctoral candidate for the History department at Loyola University in Chicago. This blog began as an ongoing project for a course titled “Public History New Media/Introduction to Digital Humanities,” under the direction of Professor Kyle Roberts.
My objective then, as now, is to not just provide posts, updates, and writings that fulfill the requirements of that course, but to periodically keep you–the reader–informed of developments I make in my research-strewn trek to become an educator and researcher of 20th century American history and politics, as well as any interesting kernels of information related to events known and obscure that may be of public interest and use.
As I write this prologue, I retain doubts over what the utility of this blog will ultimately be–not just to myself but to my potential audience. Still, that is a constant concern that faces scholars of all fields and media. Given the increasingly digital and instant gratification-driven nature of our information sharing devices and habits, however, I cannot invent nor support an argument against trying to contribute into this global web (or hivemind) of ideas and data born of collaboration, conversation, and consumption.
With discipline and your help, I hope to maintain this blog as a place of idea-sharing and mutual inspiration for scholars, students, and normal folk outside of academia.
With that said, let’s get to work!