Rutgers–Camden to Host Delegation of Vietnamese Scholars to Learn About The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

By Tom McLaughlin

Rutgers University–Camden will host a delegation of Vietnamese scholars, who are visiting to learn more about The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, an online civic project led by the campus-based Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH).

Through the auspices of the Social Science Research Council, the scholars are gathering information about encyclopedia projects in the United States as they embark on creation of an Encyclopedia of Vietnam, explains Charlene Mires, a professor of history and director of MARCH at Rutgers–Camden.

“We are excited to welcome these visiting scholars, whose work is in the disciplines of economics, literature, law, psychology, linguistics, and human development,” says Mires, adding that the visit affirms the scope of the project – the most comprehensive, authoritative reference ever created for the Philadelphia region – in highlighting the city’s considerable impact on the region, nation, and the world.

Charlene Mires

In addition to learning more about the two respective encyclopedia projects, participants will discuss a range of topics, including the importance of such projects to regional, civic engagement efforts; building knowledge in the digital age; and how to work with participating authors.

The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a research and civic engagement project that aims to foster a greater understanding of one of America’s most historically and culturally significant metropolitan areas. With nearly 600 topics currently online – from abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoning, with cheesesteaks, row houses, and hundreds of other topics in between – the digital encyclopedia and an envisioned print volume will become the most expansive and up-to-date resource of its kind for the Greater Philadelphia region. It builds upon and adds to 35 years of research that has been published since the last full-scale history of Philadelphia was published in 1982.

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