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Jenna Emslie

Degrees:Master of Arts in History – Public History with Specialization in Digital Humanities

Research Essay:

Remember Us: Designing a Video Game Through a Public History Lens


Shawn Graham and John Walsh

What is your favourite thing about the program?

My favourite thing about the program was the time I spent collaborating and learning with my fellow classmates. It was thrilling to be in a class with people who were just as passionate as I was, and I appreciated how everyone was willing to respectfully exchange ideas and challenge one another.

What will you miss the most?

I miss seeing my classmates, the department faculty and professors in person. It was a new experience for me during my first year to wander Paterson Hall and see several friendly and familiar faces, and stop to visit and talk about class or projects we were working on. It felt like a warm community, and it was difficult to replicate online, but I’m thankful for the lifelong friends I made, the invaluable insights from my professors, and the hard work and support from the History department.

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

Anna Adamek’s Materialities class and David Dean’s Performativity class are some of the best courses I’ve taken during my time in academia. They both pushed me and my fellow classmates out of our comfort zones, challenged us, and made the content simultaneously fun and formative for our studies. They helped form the foundation of my MRE, inspired me to take a new approach to my project, and gave me the tools to think about the world in new and exciting ways.

What’s next for you?

I plan on continuing to develop my MRE project on my own and pursuing a career in public history, but I don’t really know what’s next. COVID has made many things uncertain, but I’m excited and eager for the new journey ahead of me.