2022 Spring

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NEHA Spring 2022 Conference
Saturday, April 23, 2022
UMASS Lowell

8:00-8:30  Registration & Continental Breakfast             O’Leary Mezzanine         

(updated April 1, 2022)
First Morning Sessions, 8:30-10:00

 Session 1                                                                                                                  O’Leary 325

New Perspectives on the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Abby Chandler, UMASS Lowell

Native American Contributions to the American Revolution

Ben Curcio, UMASS Lowell*

Wigs, Gender, and Politics in the Revolutionary Era

Jennifer Quinn, UMASS Lowell*

Before the White House: New York City’s Capital Legacy

Thomas Balcerski, Eastern Connecticut State University


Session 2                                                                                                                  O’Leary 327

Female Factory Workers                                  

Chair: Kathryn LaMontagne, Boston University

Constructing the Identity of the Lowell Mill Girls

Kylar McNeal, Missouri Western State University*

False Rumors, Women in Lowell, and Workers’ Writings of Mexico in the Mid-19th Century

Hunter Moskowitz, Northeastern University

“To LIVE rather than merely EXIST:” The Industrial Workers of the World, Women Workers, and the 1907 Skowhegan, Maine, Textile Strike

Thomas MacMillan, Concordia University


Session 3                                                                                                                  O’Leary 329

Politics, Polemics, and the Law in New Spain                   

Chair/Commentator: Lisa Edwards, UMASS Lowell

Cities and Representation in New Spain: Petitions, Juntas, and Procuradores

Sean Perrone, St. Anselm College

Polemics, Politics, and Bartolomé de las Casas

Charlotte Gradie, Sacred Heart University

Police and the Making of Social Order in Colonial Guatemala

Sylvia Sellars Garcia, Boston College


Session 4 Cancelled


Break for Socializing & Refreshments: 10:00-10:15             O’Leary Mezzanine


Second Morning Sessions, 10:15 – 11:45


Session 5                                                                                                                  O’Leary 325

Medicine and History                            

Chair: Eric Cimino, Molloy College

My Unfortunate Son: Experiences of Idiocy in Mid-1880s Lowell, Massachusetts

Naomi A. Schoenfeld, Rivier University

The Emergence of Thorazine in an Era of Psycho-Bio Power

Richard Zhang, UCONN Health


Session 6                                                                                                                 O’Leary 327

Roman Violence in its Judicial and Cultural Context

Chair: Sean Perrone, St. Anselm College

Plundering Violence and Barbarian Identity

Henry Gruber, Harvard University

Punitive Mutiliation and Political Exclusion in the Late Roman World

Jake Ransohoff, Harvard University

Property Sanctions, Legal Violence and Normative Religion in the Later Roman Empire

Carl R. Rice, Yale University


Session 7                                                                                                                  O’Leary 329

Capitalism and Diplomacy

Chair: Christoph Strobel, UMASS Lowell

Global Capitalism Meets Settler Colonialism: The Wyoming Range War of the Early 1890s

Christopher Clark, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Willimantic’s American Thread Merger – A Model of Incorporating Connecticut?  
Donald Rogers, independent historian

Critical Diplomatic History: A Method for American Empire Studies

Edward Hunt, Regis College


Session 8                                                                                                                 McGauvran 312

“One City, Many Cultures:” A Community-Driven Approach to Exhibition Development                                                                   

Chair: Michael Pierson, UMASS Lowell

Emily Donovan, Park Ranger, Lowell National Historic Park

Bridget Peregrino, Park Ranger, Lowell National Historic Park

Diego Leonardo, Laboratory Operations Manager, Smartlabs

Anthony Nganga, Principle, Studio 26 Associates


Session 9                                                                                                                  O’Leary Mezzanine

Roundtable: Libraries and the First Amendment

Stephanie Barnaby, American Library Association

Jessica Parr, Simmons College


12:00-12:50 Lunch and Business Meeting                           O’Leary Mezzanine         


Afternoon Sessions, 1:00– 2:30

Session 10                                                                                                               O’Leary 325

Violence and its Meanings in the Post-Roman West

Chair: Alexandra Locking, St. Anselm College

Saints, Landscapes, and Violent Conflict, c. 400-700

Claire Adams, Harvard University

Changing Representations of State Violence in Visigoth and Umayyad Spain

Reed Johnson Morgan, Harvard University

The Rhetoric of Violence in Post-Roman Britain

Nicholas Thyr, Harvard University


Session 11                                                                                                                O’Leary 327

Religion, Education, and Civil Rights

Chair: Daniel A. Broyld, UMASS Lowell

Protestant Christianity as a Tool for Afro-British Advancement in the 18th Century British Atlantic World

Chapman Hall, University of Maine, Orono*

“The School is the Topic at Home and Abroad”: Rebicca Primus as Teacher, Church Mother, Reformer, and Activist

Kathryn Angelica, University of Connecticut

“Selma is in Worcester:” Examining Northern Attitudes to the Civil Rights Movement through the Lens of One Massachusetts City

Kate Benoit, Clark University


Session 12                                                                                                                O’Leary 329

Art, Music, and the Circus: Reflections on Culture and Class

Chair: Philip Mosley, Penn State University

Class Battles: Tales from Indian Circus

Nisha Poyyaprath Rayaroth, Yale University

Eye of the Beholder: African Art in New York City, 1910-1930

Heather Hole, Simmons University

“Luxe Pop” and the “Call [Back] of the Cuckoos:”  Rediscovering Marvin Hatley and Leroy Shield in Twentieth Century Popular Music, 1929-1935

Brian Peterson, Yale University


* Denotes undergraduate presenter