The U of L was well represented at this year’s National Council on Public History (NCPH) in Nashville, Tennessee. Public history graduate students Katy Morrison, Jacob Burress, Carol Bolton, Hannah O’Daniel, Wes Cunningham, Miriam Williams, and Angelica Bullock attended, as did professors Lara Kelland and Daniel Vivian. NCPH meetings have grown dramatically in recent years. This year, for the first time, attendance surpassed 800. The conference featured a terrific program, with exciting sessions and working groups. Katy and Jacob presented posters, and professors Kelland and Vivian participated in working groups, sessions, and committee meetings. All enjoyed the chance to attend sessions and participate in discussions about current issues in the field. The chance to speak informally with other faculty, graduate students, and practitioners proved especially valuable, as such experiences always do.
We’ll be posting more news about the conference soon. For now, we’ll simply say that the trip proved engaging, rewarding, and immensely beneficial. It’s no surprise that NCPH meetings continue to grow. They are consistently excellent forums for discussing the challenges of doing history and public and shaping new forms of historical practice.