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Past Webinars

Ira Pemstein, the Supervisory Archivist at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library joined us at our first History’s Calling event on August 4, 2020, speaking with students about how he obtained his degree and gained work experience through volunteer and internship opportunities. He discussed the need for qualifying candidates of similar jobs to be well-rounded in education, technology, experience, and policy writing/reading. Ira’s examples of his drive, perseverance, networking abilities, and love of preserving accurate historical documents, provides a baseline framework for how students can approach their area of study and achieve their career potential.
Jenny Reeder has been part of some remarkable and momentous publications that have brought to light, and have given a voice to the amazing testimonies, undertakings, sermons, and historically relevant information of women in Church History. In this webinar, Jenny speaks with students about how she started her incredible work, how students can qualify to be involved in unique opportunities, and provides unique perspectives and advice about making sure historians “use their human voice”.

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David Rencher, Director and Chief Genealogical Officer and Ed Donakey, Vice President of Strategic Relations and Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch discuss how they entered the Family History and Genealogical fields, what students can do to prepare for internships and careers in this field, and exciting trends in the industry.

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In this webinar, Jeremy Johnston, Historian of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, said he often feels like “Indiana Jones” using his “detective” skills to uncover unknown pieces of the past. Johnston’s passion for history goes beyond working at the Buffalo Bill Center as he passionately expressed how history demonstrates who we are and where we are heading. Johnston relays to students how working as a historian allows him to question his own biases, collaborate and work with others who have differing views, and bring history to life. He offered practical advice, discussing how his internships, experiential learning opportunities, and skill sets were necessary to help him fine-tune and focus on what he wanted to do with a History degree.

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Scott Dunaway, the Assistant Dean of FHSS and Director of BYU’s Washington Seminar, discusses an incredible opportunity for students from all majors to have an applied learning experience in Washington, D.C. Scott talks about how quality internships, briefings on current national issues, tours, and excursions, help students gain a valuable supplement to their academic training and the chance to be better prepared for their careers.
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