A Friendly Conference Update – 33 Days to Go!

Conference Participants enjoying last year's lunch panel.
Conference Participants enjoying last year’s lunch panel.

The conference is held at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago at the Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street. Registration begins at 8:00 in Kasbeer Hall on the 15th floor.

To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we are turning toward the future with our lunch panel, “21st Century Challenges Facing the History Profession: Digital History Edition.” This panel will feature historians engaged in digital history who will discuss how the growth of digital tools and resources is changing the profession and helping historians to engage better with the public. In addition, one of the conference panels, Digital History Projects, enables students who have completed original research toward a non-traditional end-product, such as an online exhibit or video, to discuss their work.

During the afternoon session of the conference, the History Graduate Student Association, in partnership with the Public History Committee, will sponsor a roundtable entitled “Social Justice, Activism, and Sustainability.” This roundtable will offer interested conference participants, Loyola history graduate students, and members of Chicago’s public history community an opportunity to discuss ways that historians play active roles in promoting social justice and sustainability (in both an ecological and social context). We invite participants to come with examples from their academic or professional experiences. We hope this discussion will be beneficial for all involved and will help to broaden how we think about the relationships between historians and their communities. All conference participants are welcome!

For more about Loyola graduate students’ public history endeavors, check out the LUC Public History blog lakefronthistorian.com. If you have any questions, please contact the HGSA Conference Committee at hgsa@luc.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in the Windy City!


P.S. Be on the lookout for upcoming panel previews and more as we count down the weeks until the conference!

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