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03-28 Fourth Annual Graduate Student Conference- Program Announced



We welcome you all to the Fourth Annual Graduate Student Conference of the PhD Program in History at the Graduate Center.  The conference will serve as a great opportunity and an inspiring occasion for learning and discussion. The planned series of talks and discussions have been scheduled and announced:

8:00-9:00 – Sign-in, light refreshments                   Room 5/114


9:00-10:40 – Fighting for Consensus: The Complicated Legacies of Empire, Room 5/307

Commentator: Katherine Pence          Chair: Lauren Saxton

Lucy Breidenthal, “Romani Activism in Postwar Paris: Integration”, CUNY Graduate Center

Sandong Tak, “The Nonprofit Sector in Korea: Its Geo-political location and the National Security Law”, CUNY Graduate Center

Keerati Chenpitayaton, “Culture and Defensive Modernization in Thailand, 1855-1932”, New School University


10:50-12:30 – Restricted Rights, Circumscribed Choices: Women in Europe, Room 5/114

Commentator: Dr. Mary Gibson         Chair: Kat Mahaney

Diana Moore, “Transnational Women, Charity, and Italian State Building, 1850-1890”, CUNY Graduate Center

Michelle Smith, “Rethinking Cumann na mBan: Reorganization at home and abroad during the Irish Civil War”, New York University

Allyson Gonzalez, “Maxa Nordau: Painting the Gendered Politics of the Hispano-Orient”, Brandeis University


10:50-12:30 – United Confrontations: Twentieth Century Challenges to the US Federal System, Room 5/307

Commentator: Dr. Josh Freeman        Chair: Nora Slominksy

Micki Kaufman, “’Quantifying Kissinger: Using Text Analysis for Historical Research’”, CUNY Graduate Center

Ben Hellwege, “The Federal Government Can and Should Provide Maximum Leadership”, CUNY Graduate Center

Cameron M. Weber, “Art Statism? Or, the Political Economy of New Deal Art”, The New School


12:30-1:30 – Lunch Break


1:30-3:10 – Rethinking Medicine and Disease in the Middle East, Room 5/307

Commentator: Lale Can        Chair: Joe Murphy

Secil Yilmaz, “Franchised Science, Royalized Practice: The Imperial Bacteriology Institute in the Late Ottoman Empire”, CUNY Graduate Center

Anat Moreville, “Trachoma and Visual Culture in Mandate Palestine”, University of California Los Angeles


1:30-3:10 – Urban Lessons: Histories of Marginalization in New York City, Room 5/114

Commentator: Dr. Gerald Markowitz                    Chair: Faye Han

Sean Griffin, “‘Good Mortar and Better Men’: African American Freemasonry in New York”, CUNY Graduate Center

Sarah Litvin, “New York’s Jewish Blink the Progressive Era”, CUNY Graduate Center

Barry Goldberg, “‘That Jewish Crowd’: Prejudice and Protest at the City College of New York”, CUNY Graduate Center


3:20-5:00 – Conflicting Identities: Religious Fault Lines and State Interventions, Room 5/307

Commentator: Dr. Martin Burke             Chair: Roy Rogers

Ky Woltering, “Inadvertent Pluralism: Church and Politics at the West German Kirchentag”, CUNY Graduate Center

Glen Olson, “Dysfunctional Empire: The Utah War and Sectional Politics”, CUNY Graduate Center

Jeff Diamant, “Transnational Transformations in Islam among African-Americans: Wallace Mohammad and the move toward Sunnism”, CUNY Graduate Center


3:20-5:00 – Man’s Effects: Social Interventions in Natural Processes, Room 5/114

Commentator: Dr. Clifford Rosenberg   Chair: Jeff Culang

Erin Wuebker, “The Next Great Plague to Go: Scientific Progress, Modern Medicine, and the Cultural Meanings of Venereal Diseases”, CUNY Graduate Center

Emily Marlowe, “A Fast Ride into the Depths of the Earth: Integrating Natural and Technological Wonders at Carlsbad Caverns National Park”, Drew University

Daniel Kanhofer, “‘England has made canals, let canals make America’: Emulating Great Britain in the Atlantic Canal Era”, New York University


5:00 – Refreshments and Reception              Room 5/114

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