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Conferences & Events

The Historical Society’s 2012 Conference

"Popularizing Historical Knowledge: Practice, Prospects, and Perils"
Columbia, SC, Thursday, May 31st - Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Professional historians in the United States are increasingly being called upon to produce more “popular,” more accessible history. How do and how should academic historians reach popular audiences? How and to what extent is “popular” history written around the world? Does the meaning of and audience for “popular history” vary from place to place? Along with professional historians, states, elites, and a variety of interest groups have long had an interest in sponsoring, supporting, and generating historical knowledge for popular and other audiences. We seek paper and panel proposals that will consider “popular” history in its various guises and locales. How and to what extent is the interest in “popular” history genuinely new? How do and how should historians interact with television and movie production or write op-ed pieces or blogs or serve as expert witnesses? Is there such a thing as a truly “popular” history? Do we need a distinctive “popular” history and are
historians properly equipped to write it?

The following hotels have agreed to offer a courtesy block of rooms for the conference: The Inn at USC  (866) 455-4753  $119 per night plus tax - located one block from the  meeting facility; and The Columbia Clarion Hotel  (800)-277-8711 $92 per night plus tax - located approximately two blocks from the meeting facility. Both hotels offer complimentary breakfast and parking.

Conference Program

Early Conference Registration Form, PDF

Early Conference Registration (by April 30)

The Historical Society’s 2010 Conference

"Historical Inquiry in the New Century" 
June 3-5, 2010, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Eric Arnesen, Program Chair

Under this broad rubric, we invite participants to address a wide range of questions and issues, including: Where do particular fields now stand? What are the truly “big questions” historians face, and are we adequately grappling with them? How do we think historical inquiry will change in the 21st century?   

PDF of conference program

Read news about the 2010 conference and listen to and view sessions at the Historical Society Blog

2009 Regional Events

Joyce Malcolm, "Peter’s War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution"

A Free Public Lecture
Bentley University, April 24, Morrison Hall 300, Bentley University

The Historical Society and the Department of History at Bentley University invite you to join Joyce Malcolm (George Mason U.) for a discussion of her new book Peter’s War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution.

The Historical Society’s 2008 Conference

"Migration, Diaspora, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in History"
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD  June 5-8, 2008

2008 Regional Events

David Hackett Fischer, "Champlain's Dream"

A Free Public Lecture
December 4 at 7pm, Eastern Nazarene College, Shrader Lecture Hall

The North as a Civil Rights Battleground

Debating Thomas Sugrue’s Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North featuring author Thomas Sugrue. December 13

Co-sponsored by the Newberry Seminar in Labor History


Eric Arnesen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jane Dailey, University of Chicago
Adam Green, University of Chicago
John T. McGreevy, University of Notre Dame
Amanda Seligman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The 2006 Conference of the Historical Society

"Globalization, Empire, and Imperialism in Historical Perspective"
June 1-4, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC, William and Ida Friday Center
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Spring 2006
THS Regional Events
New England Region of the Historical Society

A Symposium on Jonathan Sarna’s American Judaism, Executive Dining Room, Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, 6:30-9:00 pm, Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

The Historical Society is pleased to co-sponsor a symposium featuring Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History Jonathan Sarna. 

Sarna is the author or editor of more than twenty books.  His latest work, American Judaism, has already received high praise in and outside of the academy.  It won the 2004 National Jewish Book Award, Choice Magazine selected it as an Outstanding Academic Title, Publishers Weekly named it a Best Book of 2004 in the Religion category, and the Los Angeles Times included it in its 2004 bestseller list.

Comments on Sarna’s American Judaism will be provided by Nancy Ammerman of Boston University, Jon Butler of Yale University, and David Starr of Hebrew College. 

Please send your RSVP by March 24th to 
Chris Beneke, cbeneke@bentley.edu.

Fall 2005 THS Regional Events
New York City Region of the Historical Society

September 29 – October 1st: “Translation, The History of Political Thought, and the History of Concepts (Begriffsgeschichte): An Interdisciplinary Conference” at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. 

New England Region of the Historical Society

October 27: Lecture and Discussion: Pauline Maier, “Take This or Nothing': Rethinking the Divisions over Ratification of the Constitution.” Comment by Drew McCoy. Bentley College (Morison Hall Board Room, Rm, 300), 7pm. Contact CBeneke@bentley.edu for information and directions. 

December 6: Lecture: David Hackett Fischer, “Deep Change: Rhythms of American History.” Eastern Nazarene College (23 East Elm Avenue, Quincy, MA) Student Center Auditorium 7:30pm. Contact donald.a.yerxa@enc.edu for information and directions.t

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