Benjamin Filene is chief curator at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Previously he served as director of public history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and senior exhibit developer at the Minnesota Historical Society. Filene is author of Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music and co-editor of Letting Go? Historical Authority in a User-Generated World. He received his Ph.D. in American studies from Yale.