Friday morning at NCPH I presented as part of the "Reaching the Public through the Web: The Practice of Digital Active History" panel with Ian Milligan, Devon Elliott, Tom Peace, and Nathan Smith as the facilitator. I won't rehash our panel as a lot has already been written to summarize our presentations. Prior to the conference Ian wrote a great high level summary of our panel. Following the session Clarissa Ceglio posted her rapid fire notes of the session in google docs and Jim Clifford provided a summary of the Active History panels at NCPH.
Following our panel I sat in on the "Working Group: Teaching Digital History and New Media" session. Despite this being a working group session the audience and the working group participants were both involved in the discussion of digital history. The session participants were broken into three smaller groups for discussion and then reunited for discussion as a larger group.
I felt the session format was interesting but I would have been just as happy hearing some of the working group participants speak about their experiences. The working group format is ideal for discussions being developed over longer periods of time with sessions being fruits of that discussion--by involving the audience some of that background conversation might have been missed. That being said, the twitter back channel during this session was full of useful comments about digital history as public history and the teaching of digital history.
My Friday session attendance concluded with the "After the Cuts: The Future of History in Canada" roundtable. The roundtable featured representatives from prominent Canadian heritage organizations including: Lyle Dick (CHA), Ellen Judd (Canadian Anthropological Society), William Ross (Canadian Archaeological Association), and Loryl MacDonald (Association of Canadian Archivists). The session was packed and was standing room only.
The participants focused on the impact of recent cuts to government funding and problems communicating with national heritage organizations. This panel highlighted the widespread concerns professional organizations have with Canadian heritage cuts, the loss of programing, and impending sense of doom surrounding many recent government decisions. The session was recorded by Sean Graham of History Slam Podcast fame and should be available in some format in the near future.