The Finalized Conference Program is Here!

Check it out! The finalized version of Saturday’s conference program is now available. Give it a look, and we’ll see you in two days!

HGSA Final Conference Program

HGSA 2013 Knowledge Poster

Introducing our Digital History Lunch Panel!

21st Century Challenges Facing the History Profession: Digital History Edition

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus, Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 12:45-2:30pm

The WITCH computer, first used in the 1950s, reads programs that are punched into strips of tape. Image courtesy of
The WITCH computer, first used in the 1950s, reads programs that are punched into strips of tape. Image courtesy of

Happy Monday to all! We are now less than a week away from the 10th Annual LUC History Graduate Student Conference. As you can tell from our recently uploaded program, we are primed to have another great conference this year. In addition to the really fantastic panels, our public history roundtable, and, of course, all the brilliant participants coming from near and far, we’d like to introduce the digital history lunch panel!

Instead of listening to a keynote address, we want to have a conversation about the opportunities and challenges confronting the history profession brought about by the “digital turn.” Our panelists will provide their thoughts on any number of topics concerning digital history and its many applications, both inside and outside the classroom. The format of this session will be Q & A, and so all in attendance are encouraged to participate. You can raise your hand the old-fashioned way, or you can embrace the digital power of Twitter and live tweet your questions and reactions by using #HGSA2013.

Our wonderful cast of panelists include:

  • Dr. Meghan Dougherty, Assistant Professor of Digital Communication, Loyola University Chicago
  • Dr. Anne Flannery, ACLS Public Fellow, Assistant Director of Digital Initiatives and Services, Newberry Library
  • Dr. Christopher Manning, Associate Professor of History, Loyola University Chicago
  • Dr. Kyle Roberts, Assistant Professor of Public History and New Media, Loyola University Chicago

Some potential topics of discussion might include:

  • Dissertation embargoing
  • Online teaching and MOOCs (massive online open classes)
  • Digitization of archival material and digital research
  • Open source software sharing and freeware
  • Copyright issues in a digital age
  • The effects of digitization on the publishing landscape
  • Academic blogging

These are just suggestions, but the direction of the conversation is up to you. So get excited to explore the brave new world of digital history, and we look forward to your questions and insights!

Panel Preview #1: Civil Rights and Space in Postwar U.S. Cities

We are a little less than three weeks out from the start of our 10th annual conference. And in anticipation of what’s to come, we are going to be previewing some of the upcoming panels. The first one on the docket is “Civil Rights and Space in Postwar U.S. Cities.”

“Space” can be a somewhat nebulous term, but its multitude of meanings can also help us see underlying similarities, especially when it comes to issues of access and power in postwar urban environments. For the purposes of this panel, space can refer to neighborhood housing/housing discrimination (Anderson-Rath), hospitals (Arenberg), and school districts (Horn).

Jessica Anderson-Rath’s paper “The Tenant Rights and Open Housing Movement of Albany, N.Y.” looks at the long tradition of de facto housing discrimination against African American residents of Albany in the 1960s and how two female-led organizations worked to address neighborhood housing conditions. Jessica is a doctoral candidate in American history from the State University of New York at Albany.

Marc Arenberg’s paper “‘Disease Knows No Color Line’: The Civil Rights Movement and the Building of Community Hospital in Evanston, Illinois” examines the impact the Brown v. Board of Education decision had on hospital integration, instead of the usual focus on school integration. Marc is in his final year of the Masters program in history at Northeastern Illinois University, and he hopes to continue his studies next year in a PhD program.

Lastly, Ariana Horn’s paper “The High Price of Intergroup Education: Teaching Goodwill, Resisting Legislated Integration” probes school segregation in 1960s Milwaukee and argues Milwaukee school districts remain one of the most segregated in the nation largely due to the success of intergroup education’s insistence that religious and racial integration would occur naturally after goodwill was achieved through patient, non-confrontational “voluntary cooperation of civic groups, employers, churches, labor unions” and schools. Ariana is a doctoral candidate in American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Call for Participants: Social Justice, Sustainability, and Activism in Public History

Public History Roundtable: Social Justice, Sustainability, and Activism

Saturday, November 9, 2013

2:45pm – 4:30pm

In Conjunction with the 10th Annual Loyola University Chicago

History Graduate Student Conference

LUC Water Tower Campus

 You are invited to participate in a roundtable designed to foster discussion about the active roles of historians in promoting social justice as well as social and ecological sustainability. The roundtable features Dr. Paul Schadewald of Macalester College, graduate student conference participants, and public history professionals from the Chicago area.

Roundtable Image

Mundelein College Civil Rights Students Mobilization, April 1968
Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago

How to participate:

Follow the conference blog or the Lakefront Historian to view a detailed introduction to the roundtable, consider pre-circulated case statements, and offer your comments and contributions.

Attend the roundtable prepared to discuss your experiences with social justice and sustainability in public history as a patron, staff, or stakeholder in an institution that engages the public over historical topics

Attend the roundtable, and be willing to informally engage participants and fellow audience members about the topic.

Simply attend the roundtable and listen.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Rachel Boyle at
Follow the conference Twitter hashtag #hgsa2013

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 If you have any questions, please contact the HGSA Conference Committee at

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!

Deadline Extended for 10th Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference!

Call for Papers

Tenth Annual

Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference

November 9, 2013

Loyola University, Water Tower Campus, Chicago, IL

Masters and doctoral graduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present individual research papers at Loyola’s Tenth Annual History Graduate Student Conference. Panel applications and individual papers focusing on borderlands and transnational studies, urban history, gender history, and public history projects are especially encouraged. This year we also welcome submissions of digital history projects based on original research. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting original research papers and receiving feedback from their peers on their work.

Prizes of $150 and $50 will be awarded to the top two conference presentations. Loyola graduate students are ineligible for these monetary awards, but an honorable mention will be given to the top Loyola presentation.

Individual proposals should include: submitter’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation(s), a one page abstract of the paper (with a title), and a brief biographical statement indicating your academic status along with a return address and current e-mail address. Panel proposals should include the above as well as a brief description of the panel itself.  Please note that submissions will be accepted as time and space permit. For more information please visit or our department webpage at

Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 9th, 2013. E-mail proposals as an attachment to Katie Macica, Conference Committee Co-Chair at: or mail to:

History Graduate Student Association

c/o Katie Macica

Loyola University Chicago

History Department

1032 West Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, Illinois 60660

For more information about the conference, please contact Katie Macica at:

Sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago