History Graduate Student Association to host conference Friday

Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley

More than 35 Ph.D. and master’s students will present their research Friday, Nov. 6, during the NIU History Graduate Student Association’s eighth annual conference.

The research presentations, which begin at 8 p.m. cover topics including the language of law; new histories of the American West; constructing histories of health and disease; genocide and the modern world; writing war and controversy; and democracy and human rights in modern foreign policy.

Presenters represent a variety of institutions, including NIU, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Marquette, Central Michigan, Murray State, the University of Utah, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky.

Mark Philip Bradley, director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago, will deliver the third annual Alfred F. Young Keynote Address, titled “The United States and Global Human Rights.” The lecture begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room 188 of Swen Parson Hall

Bradley is the Bernadotte E. Schmidt Professor of International History, specializing in 20th century U.S. international history, the global history of human rights politics and postcolonial Southeast Asia. He has authored numerous books on Vietnam, the United States and the modern world. His work, “Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam,” received the Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies for re-conceptualizing the role of Cold War politics in the history of U.S-Vietnamese relations.

In addition to delivering the keynote, Bradley will participate in a round-table discussion on global human rights and history beginning at 4:30 p.m. Other panelists include NIU history professors Beatrix Hoffman, Heide Fehrenbach and Trude Jacobsen.

While showcasing the research of graduate students, professor Sean Farrell, director of graduate studies in the NIU History Department, along with graduate students from English, history and political science, will lead an 11:45 a.m. workshop for undergraduate students interested in graduate school. The workshop takes place in Swen Parson 170.

The conference is open to the public. Email KChludzinski@niu.edu or niuhistorygsa@gmail.com for more information.

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