The 2016 HGSA Conference Program

The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to present the 2016 program, designed by Katie Macica. We can’t wait to see all of the presenters, commentators, panelists, and guests this Saturday at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

2016 HGSA Conference Program

There will be a limited number of paper copies available at the conference as well.



Announcing This Year’s Public History Roundtable

The Loyola University History Graduate Student Conference is pleased to announce this year’s public history roundtable: The Challenges of Commemoration in Public History Practice.

This year’s roundtable discussion concerns the challenges of commemoration and memorialization in public history practice. These words often evoke the remembrance of violent events, and grappling with traumatic histories is indeed a challenge that many museums and historic sites face. However, commemoration in a public history setting can also involve the tension between presenting a “celebratory” history of particular people or events and painting a more complex historical picture.

Roundtable Presenters

  • Frank Butterfield – Landmarks Illinois – Director of the Springfield Office
  • Terry Fife – History Works – Principal
  • Bethany Fleming – Fleming Museum Consulting – Principal

After brief presentations by the featured speakers, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the issues around commemoration and memorialization they raise. All conference attendees are welcome to participate.

Announcing This Year’s Keynote Lunch Panel

The Loyola University History Graduate Student Conference is proud to announce this year’s keynote lunch panel: Teaching Difficult History in Academic and Public History Settings

Citizens cannot realize the principles of justice, equality of opportunity, or national honesty without broadly understanding the history of the country and the relations between its various classes and communities. Teaching and analyzing such interactions often requires facing dark, uncomfortable, or controversial truths, tempting educators and audiences to avoid discussing them or to modify the narrative to match a more acceptable legacy. This panel will address pitfalls, tools, and opportunities in communicating difficult history in classrooms, museums, and other venues.


  • Dr. Devin Hunter – University of Illinois Springfield – Assistant Professor of History
  • Kat Latham – Pritzker Military Museum and Library – Director of Collections Management
  • Dr. Chernoh Sesay – DePaul University – Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Dr. Alice Weinreb – Loyola University Chicago – Assistant Professor of History

The panel discussion will take place in the Information Commons, 4th Floor during lunch, beginning with prepared remarks by panelists and followed by Q&A with the audience. We look forward to a thoughtful and critical discussion and welcome participation by all conference attendees.

2016 Loyola HGSA Conference CFP is Here!

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Call for Papers

Thirteenth Annual

Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference

November 19, 2016

Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore 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 Thirteenth Annual History Graduate Student Conference. Panel applications and individual papers focusing on borderlands or transnational studies, urban history, gender history, and public history are especially encouraged. We also welcome papers about history projects in the digital humanities. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting original research projects and to receive feedback from their peers on their work. Certificates will be awarded to the top three conference presentations.

Individual proposals should include: submitter’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation(s), a one page abstract of the paper (with a title), and a sentence listing up to three historical subjects your paper addresses (e.g. French history, sport history, gender). Please also include a brief biographical statement indicating your academic status along with a return address and current email 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.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 2, 2016. Email proposals as an attachment to the HGSA Conference Committee at: or mail to:

History Graduate Student Association

Attn: Julia Lacher

Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

1032 West Sheridan Road

Chicago, Illinois 60660

For more information about the conference, visit or our department webpage at

Please contact the HGSA Conference Committee at: with any further questions.

Sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago

Thank You for Making the 2015 Conference a Success!

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The HGSA Conference Committee would like to thank all of our presenters, commentators, panelists, moderators, and volunteers for making the 12th Annual HGSA Graduate Student Conference a success!

The 2015 conference featured a timely and thought-provoking lunch panel on state-sanctioned violence, and a Public History roundtable which explored the challenges and benefits of doing meaningful public history work in Chicago’s diverse communities. The core of our conference is graduate work, and this year we featured dozens of excellent and engaging graduate presenters, including three award-winners:

  • Best Graduate Presentation is awarded to Nathan Moore for his presentation “Capitalism on Trial: The  Great Communism Trial of 1925”
  • Excellent Graduate Presentation is awarded to Clint Rogers for his presentation “The Devil’s Schoolhouse: Sensual Concerns and the Theater in Elizabethan England”
  • Best Loyola Graduate Presentation is awarded to Katherine Macica for her presentation “Fortress Cities: Seattle and the Waging of WWII”

Thank you all for joining our Loyola community in creating an environment of scholarship and collegiality. We hope to see you all next year!

Announcing This Year’s Public History Roundtable!

The Loyola University History Graduate Student Conference is pleased to announce this year’s public history roundtable: Chicago Public History in Motion. This roundtable discussion will focus on three public history projects currently underway in Chicago: History Moves, a community-curated museum on wheels; the National Public Housing Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of American public housing and its residents; and “Documenting Women’s Activism and Leadership in Chicago 1945-2000,” an archival project to document and share the history of women’s activism. This year’s speakers are:

  • Dr. Jennifer Brier, Principal Investigator/Curator, History Moves
  • Dr. Brad Hunt, Board Member, National Public Housing Museum
  • Mary Ann Johnson, President, Chicago Area Women’s History Council

Roundtable participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and possibilities of these projects currently in motion in Chicago and to consider broader issues of community engagement and activism in urban public history. All conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to participate in the conversation.

Chicago Public History in Motion will take place during the third panel session from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. of the conference. We hope to see you there!