WHAT’S AN ANNUAL MEETING “WORKING GROUP”?
NCPH working groups are seminar-like conversations of 8-10 people before and during the annual conference that explore, in-depth, a subject of shared concern. Working groups have a purpose they are working toward, a problem they are actively trying to solve. The working group proposal must articulate this as well as an end product(s) that the group seeks to create.
WHAT MAKES A WORKING GROUP UNIQUE?
Two things. When a group convenes at the annual meeting, the conversation has already begun. Participants are invested in the outcome. Facilitators have had time to refine their questions and perhaps refocus on the issues. Second, facilitators lead their group in developing an end product, such as an article, a list of resources, an exhibit, a manifesto, a white paper, or a new collaborative project.
Some groups choose to hold their pre-conference discussions here in the Public History Commons. Below you will find a list of currently-active 2018 working groups using the Commons as their discussion space. For a list of all 2018 working groups, see the 2018 conference page.