The Undergraduate History Journal of Syracuse University

Undergraduate History Conference

Our History, Our Legacy:
The Construction of Collective Identities

Chronos, Syracuse University’s Undergraduate History Journal, will be hosting its second-annual Undergraduate History Conference on Friday, April 13, 2018 in the Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall. Beginning at 9:50 AM with opening remarks by Maxwell Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology Andrew London, the Conference will feature presentations from a wide range of Maxwell faculty as well as graduating honors history students.

Throughout the day, faculty will present short lectures based on their research as it connects to the central theme of the Conference: “Our History, Our Legacy: The Construction of Collective Identities.” Three distinction students will also give presentations about their research projects. The presentations will conclude at 4:00 PM, after which there will be a panel discussion centered on the topic of: “Making us great—again! The Abuse of History and the Responsibility of Historians”, moderated by Editorial Board member Stefan Nielsen-Sperb.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating the Maxwell School and the research and work of our faculty and students this year! Refreshments will be served, and all faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. If you have questions or comments, please contact the Editorial Board at or Professor Albrecht Diem at

If you require accommodations, please contact Professor Diem, by e-mail (listed above) or by phone at (315) 443-0785, by April 6.

April 13 Schedule:

9:50 – 10:00 | Andrew London: Opening Remarks

10:00 – 11:00 | First Panel:

Junko Takeda: Marseillaises into Frenchmen? Patronage, Merchant Identity, and Entrepreneurship in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Andrew Stranahan: Rethinking Colonization: A Case Study of the North American Martyrs and the Middle Ground

11:00 – 11:15 | Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45 | Second Panel:

Amy Kallander: Fashion and Protest in the Global Sixties; Beatniks, Blue Jeans, and Miniskirts

Christopher Faricy: How Public Policy Constructs Social Identity and Deservingness

Tammy Hong: Meštrović’s Moses: Memorializing the Holocaust in an American Context

12:45 – 1:15 | Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:15 | Third Panel:

Gladys McCormick: Immigration in the Age of Trump: A Historian’s View

Kate Corbett Pollack: Disability History in the U.S: Institutionalization and Asylums

2:15 – 2:30 | Coffee Break

2:30 – 4:00 | Fourth Panel:

Norman Kutcher: Eunuchs and the Question of Identity

Margaret Thompson: Sacraments as Weapons in Catholic America

Samuel Somera: Teaching against Identity: The Carlisle Indian Industrial School

4:00 – 4:10 | Coffee Break

4:10 – 5:00 | Panel Discussion:

Making Us Great–Again! The Abuse of History and the Responsibility of Historians

Participants: Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn; Aydan Brown; Ben Field; Alan Allport; moderated by Stefan Nielsen-Sperb

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