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Scéla Arin Túathaib: The Present and Future of Public Outreach in Medieval Celtic Studies

Emmet, using one of John Derrick's 16th century woodcuts as they panic and grasp at straws for images of public history in the field. In every field, students serve as often unsung intermediaries between the public and academia, disseminating  what  they learn in the classrooms to family dinner tables, to pub nights with friends, and to interested online communities. They transform what might have originally required a high level of baseline knowledge to understand into something that will be enjoyed and appreciated by their audiences, widely disseminating scholarship to reach greater audiences than almost any journal article or conference proceeding could dream of. This 'front line' of students in conversation with the public is augmented by public-facing scholarly works. Books such as The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack or the upcoming If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal by Justin Gregg bring the public into academic conversations, fostering curiosi