Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


11th Annual History Graduate Student Conference

11th Annual History Graduate Student Conference

Conference participants at last year's public history roundtable

 The eleventh annual History Graduate Student Conference is this Saturday, November 15 at the Corboy Law Center on the Water Tower Campus.

The theme of this year’s conference is the silences of history. The conference lunch panel and afternoon public history roundtable will engage with this theme. The public history roundtable, Interpreting “Others” on Jekyll Island: A Voice for Workers, Women, and Children will feature a presentation from five graduate students from Middle Tennessee State University on exhibits they produced for the Jekyll Island National Historic Site and the challenges they faced in interpreting overlooked Jekyll Island inhabitants. After their presentation, conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of interpreting underrepresented groups. The lunch panel, Changing Strategies for Collecting, Sharing, and (Re)telling LGBTQ Histories, will focus on the changes that occurred over the last thirty years in collecting, writing, and sharing LGBTQ histories. Panelists from the Chicago History Museum, the Leather Archives and Museum, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago will provide their perspectives and respond to audience questions.

The conference also includes panels on a wide variety of topics, including race in urban America, nineteenth century American womanhood, turning points in legal history, postwar identity in Europe, and empire building in the Caribbean, to name only a few. For more information on the panels and paper presentations, check out the conference program on the conference blog.

Registration for the conference begins at 8 AM in Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center 15th Floor, and the presentations begin at 9 AM. We hope to see you there!