Graduate Student Forum

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    Presenters from the June 2022 Graduate Forum after the event.

    Colonial Society of Massachusetts

    Graduate Student Forum

    The annual Graduate Student Forum serves graduate students in History and allied disciplines whose work explores New England from the fifteenth century to 1815 in its own right or in the wider context of North America and the Atlantic World. The event aims to support emerging scholars as they build relationships across the historical profession and promotes the sharing of new research. In the Forum, M.A. and Ph.D. candidates report on their work in progress and receive supportive advice from the event's senior scholar facilitators, from CSM members, from area librarians and archivists, and from other graduate students in attendance.  

    The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Graduate Student Forum

    May 26, 2023

    8:30-9:15           Breakfast

    9:30      Welcome on behalf of CSM: President Robert Allison, Suffolk University

    Welcome on behalf of the CSM Graduate Forum Committee: Ann M. Little, Colorado State University

    9:45-10:45         Youth, Manhood, and Education

    Theodore R. Delwiche, Yale University: “Rewriting the History of Education in Early America: Student Clubs, Colonial Colleges, and Intellectual Autonomy”

    Libby LeDoux, Colorado State University: “‘Concerning the Sickness of My Children, My Heart Was Exceedingly Sunk’: Fatherhood and Children’s Health in Early New England, 1660-1785”

    Moderator: Sally Hadden, Western Michigan University, and Editor of Publications, Colonial Society of Massachusetts

    11:00-12:30        Strategic Alliances and National Borders 

    Alice King, University of Virginia, “The Land of Tribute: Competition in the Pequot Country in the Seventeenth Century”

    Elizabeth Hines, University of Chicago: “The Hartford Treaty of 1650”

    Rebecca Simpson-Menzies, University of Southern California: “From Agawam to Springfield: Society, Culture, and the Environment in a Seventeenth-Century Town”

    Connie Thomas, Queen Mary University, London: “‘An Incurable Breach?’: Regional Politics, Partisan Identity, and the 1795 Naturalization Act”

    Moderator: Christopher Parsons, Northeastern University

    12:30-1:30         Lunch

    1:30-2:45           Rebellion, Race, and Revolution                    

    Jeffrey Bell, University of Wyoming, “Advertisements for New York Runaways from 1720-1810: A Network Analysis”

    Timothy Hastings, University of Massachusetts, “Expanding Privilege: Enslavement, Racialized Violence, and the Construction of Whiteness in Eighteenth-Century New Hampshire”

    Grant Stanton, University of Pennsylvania, “Kiss my A--: The Subaltern Speak Indignant”

    Moderator: Christopher Grasso, Brown University

    3:00-4:00          Reflection and Comment

    Annette Gordon-Reed, The Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard University

    Moderator: Susan Lively, Harvard University

    4:00                  Reception

    Since our first Graduate Forum in 1999, more than 150 graduate students have participated in this annual event.  Here are some comments from previous participants: “A wonderful new venue for young historians of early America; may it long continue.” (John Demos). “The warm, positive feedback and direction I received fired my enthusiasm for research. It was truly invaluable” (University of California, Davis). “Challenging, and energetic; I took away practical suggestions from both the CSM membership and other graduate student presenters” (Tufts University). “. . . stimulating scholarly exchange combined with wonderful food” (University of Connecticut). “It was my first presentation, and I certainly appreciated the comfortable surroundings" (Princeton). “A platform to voice concerns, dilemmas, and even accomplishments to a distinguished audience” (Salem State University). “My participation in the forum was really the highlight of my graduate career to date” (SUNY Stony Brook).


    Programs for Graduate Student Forums from 2022 through 2009 may be downloaded at the links below.