Loyola History Graduate Student Conference: Having Some Fun

HGSAHGSAHGSAHGSAHGSAHGSAHGSAWith another year, the Loyola History Graduate Student Association pulled off another (and potentially the best) Annual Conference. In between deep thought and dialogue, we had a few moments of laughter. Enormous thanks to HGSA President Amelia Serafine and HGSA Treasurer Laura Johns for making this day an overwhelming success.  Pictured are graduate students Katie Macica, Joshua Wachuta, Patrick Turko, Kim Connelly, Chelsea Denault, Dan Ott, Matt Sawicki, Erin Feichtinger, Aaron Brunmeier, Kristin Emery, Annie Cullen, and Rachel Boyle; Loyola Professor of History Dr. Kyle Roberts and Assistant Director of the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Dr. Chris Cantwell; family and friends.

To see more photos of our HGSA Conference, visit the Loyola History Department Flickr Photostream by clicking here.

Photos by Anne E. Cullen.


Revising the “Fort Dearborn Massacre” [Roundtable]

For the 9th Annual Loyola History Graduate Student Conference, the LUC Public History Committee will host a roundtable on “Revisionist Public History.” This is a post that introduces a case study on the topic. The Committee welcomes participation both online and at the conference. If you have an example of “Revisionist” Public History, please feel free to mention it as a comment on the blog, or contact the blog editors to request the opportunity to author a guest post. For more information on the Conference and the Roundtable–to be held November 3 at Loyola’s downtown Water Tower Campus–click here

The Battle of Fort Dearborn Park (WBEZ/John Schmidt)

The bicentennial of the War of 1812 has received depressingly little notice even here in the Great Lakes region, home to several important sites of that conflict. An exception to this general apathy relates to a space on Chicago’s Near South Side where, on August 15, 1812, a band of Pottawatomie overwhelmed about 100 evacuees from the US Army’s nearby Fort Dearborn. The confrontation was a rout: 28 American soldiers were killed and 28 were captured. Civilian losses–a complicating matter in the ongoing memory of the event–amounted to 14 killed and 15 captured, including 3 women and 12 children.

The Anglo-American perspective of the event prevailed as the dominant interpretation of the violence, most notably in the seemingly undisputed appellation “The Fort Dearborn Massacre.” However, as many American Indians have sardonically noted over the years about white-Indian conflicts, ‘When the whites win, it’s a “battle,” when the Indians win, it’s a “massacre.”‘ Continue reading “Revising the “Fort Dearborn Massacre” [Roundtable]”

Reflecting on 2011: One Presenter’s Review of the Loyola Graduate History Conference

Chicago’s famous Water Tower with Loyola’s downtown campus in the background–the site of the Loyola Graduate History Conference.

In preparation for the ninth annual conference, Loyola’s conference organizers have reached out to previous conference attendees in hopes of having them write up some thoughts about their experiences at our conference.  The following post was written by Brian Sarnacki, a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  You can learn more about Brian and his research here.

The conference, held this year on November 3, is an ideal setting for graduate presentations and especially welcomes public history content. Interested? See the call for papers.


As a second year graduate student, last year I wanted to get more experience presenting my work in a conference setting. I figured a graduate conference was a good place to get some feedback and practice in a rather low pressure situation (when compared to presenting at a major conference). I had a number of various factors I took into consideration: I was organizing my own department’s conference in the spring so I needed to present in the fall. My brother lives in Chicago so I thought I would use a conference as a good excuse to visit. Other graduate students in my department had attended Loyola’s conference the year before and recommended it. When I applied I figured I would I have a nice opportunity for practice presenting. However, I ended up getting much more than a practice venue. Continue reading “Reflecting on 2011: One Presenter’s Review of the Loyola Graduate History Conference”