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Conference program

Keynote Conversation:
History Matters – Writers Talk About History and Creativity
Thursday, May 9th  at 5 pm.

Ava Chin (College of Staten Island-New York), author of Mott Street: A Chinese American’s Family of Exclusion and Homecoming (2023)

Clint Smith, Poet and Staff Writer at The Atlantic, author of How the Word Is Passed : A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (2021)

Natasha Trethewey (Northwestern University), poet and memoirist, author of Native Guard (2006) and Memorial Drive (2020)

The Stories in Our Histories: Historians Confront Themselves
Friday, May 10th

8-10:45am: Light Breakfast and coffee

8:45 a.m. Call to order

9-10:30 a.m. Genealogy

Hector Carrillo (Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University)

Maya Jasanoff ( Harvard University)

Annie Polland (President of the Tenement Museum, New York)

Alexander Trapps-Chabala (Certified Genealogist specializing in African American History)

Karin Wulf (Brown University)

10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

Deborah Gray White (Rutgers University)

Martha Hodes (New York University)

Lynn M. Hudson (University of Illinois-Chicago)

Martha Jones (Johns Hopkins University) 

Jane Rhodes (University of Illinois-Chicago)

12:15-1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45-3:15 p.m. Family

Ada Ferrer (New York University)

Daniel Greene (US Holocaust Memorial Museum/Northwestern University) 

Atina Grossman (The Cooper Union)

Tara Zahra (University of Chicago)

3:30-5:00 p.m.  Peculiar Places, Peculiar People

Darryl Barthé (Dartmouth College)  

Kathleen Belew (Northwestern University) 

Carolyn Brown (Rutgers University)

Emily Clark (Tulane University) 

5-5:45 p.m. Ending Comments

Kendra Field (Tufts University)

Stéphane Gerson (New York University)