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BUY ONE GET ONE! >> A Brave Conversation with Raffi Andonian: Creating Space for Contested Histories

Are your local historic sites worthy? Many communities have recently questioned the value of long-standing monuments. These debates can strike at the heart of history versus memory. How do we consider which perspectives are appropriate in each circumstance?

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October 5, 2023

7pm CT 

Avalon Events Center, Fargo ND

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Humanities North Dakota presents a Marilyn Hudson Brave Conversation event with Raffi Andonian. 

How do we approach contested histories, and is there space for disagreement? Known for his entertaining guest appearances as TV celebrity historian, Raffi Andonian will provide a guide for understanding contested histories through the use of four questions. 

The story of the atomic bomb was everywhere this summer but let’s go beyond the silver screen. By applying specific questions, communities can better foster constructive dialogue as they evaluate historic sites and events, famous figures, and public monuments.

Are your historic sites worthy? 


Raffi Andonian is TV's "Celebrity Historian" frequently on ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC stations throughout the country, including an Emmy-winning appearance. He is the author of 3 history books and has taught courses on history and memory for Humanities North Dakota. He is the producer and host of Clio The Muse on AppleTV, and he has spoken at Oxford, Cambridge, London Stock Exchange, and several humanities councils across the country. Raffi holds 3 master's degrees and began his career as a guide at the Gettysburg battlefield, MLK home, and the birthplace of the atomic bomb in Los Alamos NM. Today he leads "Harmonize Your Workforce" that engages employees to bring people's differences together to improve human understanding of each other and develop skills to enhance decision-making by considering multiple angles.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Brave Conversation do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities North Dakota. However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally. Therefore, our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University. To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

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