5th ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE IN AMERICAN POLITICAL HISTORY EXPLORES “THE SIXTIES at 50.”

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April 5th, 2013

On March 22-23, 2013 the BU APHI held its fifth annual Boston University Graduate Student American Political History Conference. The theme this year was “The Sixties @ 50” and graduate students from across the country, as well as several from the History and American Studies departments at BU, weighed-in on this topic from a diversity of perspectives. These ranged from Brian Sirman of BU’s insightful and entertaining contribution to the “Projections of American Power” panel with his presentation entitled “Concrete in Camelot: Brutalist Government Architecture, 1960-1976” to Kelly O’Donnell of Yale’s biographical exploration of feminist health advocacy in the Conference’s “Gender and Politics” panel with her paper, “’Pelvic Autonomy’: Barbara Seaman and the Emergence of a Feminist Health Politics, 1965-1975.” Additionally, the Conference organizers would like to recognize Harvard’s Casey Bohlen for his paper, “Crusading for Abortion Reform: Clerical Activists and Religious Politics Before Roe,” which garnered him this year’s Most Outstanding Paper Prize of $1,000. Professor Doug Rossinow delivered the keynote address on “The Continuing Allure of the Sixties.

Conference orginers Matt Pressman, Mari Potorti and David Shorten

Conference orginers Matt Pressman, Mari Potorti and David Shorten

Prof. Doug Rossinow delivers keynote

Prof. Doug Rossinow delivers keynote