Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference 2019

Save the Date!

Announcing the 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference of Loyola University Chicago’s History Graduate Student Association

This year’s conference theme, Conscience-Driven History, emphasizes work that broadly demonstrates ways in which personal and cultural ethics and morals shape how we do historical work and understand the past. Potential projects include (but are not limited to) sites of conscience, challenging or limited source material, and historical moments of conflicted memory. In keeping with Loyola’s strong public history tradition, we plan to include contributions that discuss public history work and issues or questions related to professional ethics for historians.

The conference will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

The call for papers will be issued in early July.

2018 Conference Program Available Now

buildingbridgescoverThe official program for the 15th Annual History Graduate Student Conference: Building Bridges is now available! Check out the 2018 HGSA Conference Program to find the full schedule and list of presenters, as well as information regarding location, on-site check-in, and special events throughout the day.

We are pleased to offer food and refreshments at no cost, including the first round of drinks at the end-of-day networking reception. If you would like to purchase additional alcoholic beverages, please be sure to bring cash as we are not equipped to accept credit cards on-site.

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 rboyle1@luc.edu
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 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!

Conversation with a First Time Conference Presenter

One of the LUC Graduate History Conference’s main goals is to serve as an ‘entry point’ into the world of academic conferences. Many of our participants have been first time presenters. In an effort to further familiarize potential presenters with the submission, preparation and presentation process, we asked a first timer from our previous conference to describe her experience. Erin tells us about her presentation, “Dealing in the Dead: The American Civil War and the Birth of the Funeral Industry,” which was part of the panel titled “Medicine, Health and the Body in Late 19th-Century America.”

Tell us about yourself. Field of study, year in the program, all that first day of class stuff.Read More »