History conference explores tools of historians

The History Graduate Student Association will hold its ninth annual conference on Nov. 4, 2016. This event is run entirely by M.A. and Ph.D. students in NIU’s History Department, and its reputation for excellence attracts participants from outstanding graduate programs throughout the country.

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Dr. Susan Pearson

This year’s program, “Producing History,” is particularly exciting as it features a keynote address by Dr. Susan Pearson of Northwestern University on “Birth Certificates as Forms of Knowledge in the United States” (Swen Parson 188, 1:30-2:30 p.m.) as well as a roundtable on “Sources and Methodologies for Tomorrow’s Historian” (Swen Parson 188, 4:30-5:30 p.m.). Dr. Pearson and several members of NIU’s own History Department who have adopted especially creative approaches to their scholarship will take part in the roundtable.

In addition, undergraduates who are considering graduate school in the humanities or social sciences are invited to attend the undergraduate luncheon in Swen Parson 155 from noon-1 p.m., where M.A. and Ph.D. students, along with faculty, will lead an informal workshop on “The Graduate School Experience in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.”

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