The Public History Roundtable will take place during the third session, 3:15-5:00pm, in room 105 of Loyola’s Information Commons.
In keeping with this year’s theme, the roundtable discussion explores what role publichistory practitioners have in addressing the historical and contemporary silences present in museums and archives, as well as in our communities. Giving voice to marginalized groups can empower communities to enact social change. However, exposing silences may also alienate potential audiences, or put a community at risk. Moreover, public historians must recognize that what might appear to be a silence to one group may not be silenced within another group. Join us as we discuss how publichistorians can incorporate silenced voices and stories, and recognize when silences should be respected. After brief presentations by the featured panelists, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the issues around drawing attention to silences. All conference attendees are welcome to participate.