Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

HGSA Hosts Successful 2022 Conference

The 2022 Loyola History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) Conference was a success! 

On February 19th and 20th, the HGSA welcomed students and researchers from Loyola and beyond to share and celebrate their work. Entitled “Persevering Through Time: Little Known Histories and Untold Stories,” this year’s conference invited presenters to share historical stories of perseverance. The conference featured traditional research paper presentations, digital humanities projects, and a poster session.

Day 1 of the conference, which was entirely virtual, included presentations and two career panels: one on opportunities in the field of public history, and one on opportunities in historical consulting. A highlight of the day was a talk from author and Public Historian Page Harrington, the event’s keynote speaker. Day 2, which was open to Loyola-affiliated students and faculty only, took place in person. The day’s events included a student panel on graduate school experiences and an undergraduate poster session. The conference wrapped up with a lively reception, in which graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty conversed and celebrated their research. 

Conference Co-Chairs Karis Blaker and Madeleine Lawler deserve high praise for making the 2022 conference such a success. A special thanks also goes out to the following student volunteers for their hard work: Matt Amyx, Jenny Barry, Lucas Bensley, Sophie Croll, Mary Cole Daulton, Liz Ferry, Meghan Flannery, Alex Friedlen, Madison Givens, Lily Cate Gunther-Canada, Caroline Handley, Kenleigh Howard, Sean Jacobson, Hannah Lahti, Caroline Lauber, Cate LiaBraaten, Rachel McGough, Matt Norvell, and Emily Paige Taylor.

Melina Testin discusses her poster with Lucas Bensley at the 2022 HGSA Conference

Undergraduate student Melina Testin discusses her poster with PhD candidate Lucas Bensley.


12 March 2022