2019 Graduate History Association Conference

Event Details

March 8—March 9, 2019

Free admission
Contact:
UMass Graduate History Association

Welcome to the 15th Annual GHA Conference  "The Routes of History: Knowing Pasts, Envisioning Futures."

We look forward to an exciting conference, and hope that you can attend.

This year's theme seeks to investigate relations across history in community contexts and history as an institutional discipline. In any historical moment, people’s lives are affected by their knowledges and narratives of the past. History is not merely a record but felt experience: injustices, identities and memories at various collective levels, all inform conceptions of the past and commitments to the future. Historians and researchers must interrogate how the past exists as a deeply potent force within the present, and is constantly utilized to shape imagined futures. We ask: what is the relationship between the past and the present in any society? How does History mediate the disparate routes through which the past travels as historical consciousness?

Keynote Address:

Friday March 8, 6pm at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, This event is free and open to the public.

In this richly-illustrated presentation, Professor James Young will trace what he calls the "arc of memorial vernacular," from Maya Lin's "Vietnam Veterans Memorial," to Germany's "counter-monuments," to Berlin's Denkmal for the Murdered Jews of Europe, to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Based on his most recent book, The Stages of Memory:  Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between, this lecture will include reflections on his experiences as a juror on both the Berlin Denkmal and 9/11 Memorial competitions—how memorial art turns into practice.

Panels and workshop:

Saturday March 9, 9 am- 6 pm in ILC building
Feature Workshop: Using the Past to Empower Future Youth Activism with Maria Salgado-Cartagena, People's Historian of the Puerto Rican Diaspora (ILC N111)

The Puerto Rican Community in Holyoke has a long history of storytelling. Holyoke's industrial history has been documented in many forms--books, film and even theater productions. However, the rich activist history of Puerto Ricans in Holyoke is rarely represented. Long-time activist and people's historian Maria Salgado-Cartagena has served as a consultant to Holyoke's Ethnic Studies Initiative and the Pa'lante Restorative Justice Program out of Holyoke High School to use "history storytelling" to inform this work. She captures the long history of resilience and activism to inform and empower youth. Many of the youth have never heard of these stories and take incredible pride of themselves as Puerto Ricans but even more about being Holyokers. In this workshop, Salgado-Cartagena will demonstrate how moments in Holyoke's past help youth discover their place in the present

BIO
Maria Salgado-Cartagena, People's Historian of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, is working to ensure the visibility of Puerto Ricans in the city’s vibrant past and present. A longtime resident of Holyoke, she has been involved in community organizing since high school, and has worked in the nonprofit sector of Holyoke for more than 20 years. Currently, as the program coordinator for Hampshire College’s Community Partnerships for Social Change program, she prepares Five College students for work with community groups and helps the colleges place students with community partners. Her trainings are focused on contextualizing history of local communities through the lens of race, gender and class, elevating moments in time when the "people" created change. She has served on the boards of several organizations in Holyoke including Wistariahurst Museum and Nueva Esperanza. In 2013 she was recognized by the Latino Scholarship Association as the Carlos Vega Community Champion in 2013 and in 2015 was recognized by the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association with the Maria Berrios activist award.

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