June 19, 2018
Henrietta Miers (’15) has put her digital art history knowledge to use for cultural heritage and is now stepping back into education as a teacher who will bring to classroom a unique digital skillset. Here’s what she has to say about her career path since leaving Duke:
Since graduating from Duke with an M.A. in Historical and Cultural Visualization (now the Digital Art History track) in 2015, I have been creating educational content for Boulevard, a virtual reality startup that specializes in re-creating museum and cultural spaces, such as the White House, the Library of Congress, and the Capitol Rotunda, for schools to “send” their students to these institutions. Boulevard also produces virtual educational experiences of the Revolutionary and Civil War periods as an adjunct to the 8th grade history curriculum: users are encouraged to test their knowledge with puzzles inspired by spycraft from these periods. Working in educational technology has inspired me to teach and engage students directly; I realized it would be more fulfilling to be at the head of a classroom than to be offering remote instruction. I will be attending Teachers College at Columbia University this fall to become certified to teach the social studies subjects at the high school level. I am excited to take the art historical and digital skills I learned during my time at Duke and utilize them in the classroom.