Murray State's Josh Adair Writes About Constructing History

Mar 8, 2018

The last year has been a productive one for many members of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Murray State, as many faculty members have not only been active in publishing, but have also had exciting book projects as well. Today, Andy Black speaks with Josh Adair about his latest work, Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America’s Changing Communities.


The book is a volume of essays that Adair co-edited with Amy K. Levin a former professor at Northern Illinois University and now an independent scholar. This volume explores the way smaller, local museums play a role in defining American culture and history.

Adair serves as coordinator of the Gender and Diversity Studies program and director of the Racer Writing Center. His work has been published in a variety of both scholarly and digital publications, including Notches, Supernatural Studies, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Museum & Society, on such subjects as Beverly Nichols’ Merry Hall trilogy, the writing of E.M. Forster and Christopher Isherwood, gender and sexuality in Museums, and disembodied hands in the Victorian era.

Adair also has a show at the Murray Art Guild during the month of March called “Toy Stories” which focuses on the narrative that about the way antiques toys can reveal about the culture at the time.