Hope Shannon, PhD Candidate, Loyola University Chicago
- Seeking Additional Presenters
- Seeking Specific Expertise
- Seeking General Feedback and Interest
- Civic Engagement
This roundtable will explore how local history can be used to shape political and social change at the local level. Participants will discuss their struggles and successes working with local history to pursue local change, followed by a discussion with the audience. Questions and problems to be considered include, but are not limited to, the issues faced when using local history to do this kind of work; how local history is (or is not) suited to political and social activism, broadly defined; how to support these projects when people and institutions doing this work often lack essential funding; and how local history projects and initiatives fit within the larger efforts of community activism.
I’d like this roundtable to consist of 5 or 6 panelists who can each speak for 5 minutes about their experience exploring the connection between local history and local political and social change. Ideally, the roundtable will consist of a diverse array of participants who represent a variety of careers and experiences in public history– from administration and education to collections and outreach, and everything in between. Keeping participant comments to 5 minutes will allow ample time for audience input and discussion.
Please reach out to me if you are interested in participating in this roundtable. Include in your message why you are interested and what you would speak about if our session proposal is accepted. I’ll get back to all interested participants by early July so we can finalize the proposal in advance of the July 15 deadline.
Goals for this roundtable include engaging in a thoughtful discussion about how we, as history professionals, can put local history to work to shape change and foster productive dialogue. We can discuss and adjust the exact parameters of the session, as well as how we might keep the conversation going after the session, before submitting the proposal. When thinking about the scope of our roundtable and finalizing the proposal, we’ll take into consideration the fact that local history is not the only kind of history that can be put to use for the purposes noted above, and that change at the local level is not the only kind of change sought by local history work.
If you have a direct offer of assistance, sensitive criticism, or wish to pass along someone’s contact information confidentially, please get in contact directly: Hope Shannon, [email protected]
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