Dr. Public Historian

Posted on May 20, 2009 under me

Well, I’m pleased to tell you all that my defense went well, and that this is my first blog post as a doctor!  

I gave a presentation with copious just-scanned-that-morning medical institute advertisements, and took a few questions.  Various Minneapolis friends came to the public part of the defense, and my dad and his wife flew in for it.  Then I was sequestered with my committee, who asked me various tough and not so tough questions, and we had an interesting conversation about my work.  ( One of my committee members was on speakerphone, and there were no technical problems.)  I was sent out of the room while the committee deliberated, and spent the time staring at a mysterious photo display in the hallway of the physics building and reciting psalms to myself.  Then my advisor came out and shook my hand, everyone congratulated me and gave me some revisions to do, and I was suddenly Dr. Fischer.  A party ensued, and there was much celebration, including pickled carrots, lots of my favorite people, small children, discussions of Minnesota politics and SQL jokes.  The lilacs were blooming and Minneapolis was as lovable as ever.

I do want to clarify that I am a doctor of the history of science and technology, not of public history.  I’m a public historian because of passion, not training!

7 Comments on “Dr. Public Historian”

  1. congrats!

    (i’m the person you hung out with at the last day of ncph; sorry for the late comment; i’ve been out of the country.)

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