2012 Spring

The Spring 2012 NEHA conference was held at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire on Saturday, 21 April 2012.

Final version: last updated 4/14/2012
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REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 8:30-9:00 a.m. in the Registration Area

MORNING SESSION I: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m

Session 1: Diplomacy and Economics in the Ancient World
Chair: TBA

Danielle Kellogg, Brooklyn College, “Migration, Insularity, and Networks in Classical Attica.”
Daniel Hoyer, New York University, “Money, Investment, and Economic Development in Roman Africa during the Imperial Period.”
Erik Jensen, Salem State, “Roman Diplomacy in Southern Scandinavia.”

Session 2: Racial Intolerance
Chair and Commentator:  Candace Kanes, Maine Historical Society

Theresa C. Vara-Dannen, University of Wales, Swansea, “Interracial Marriages in Nineteenth Century Connecticut: Marrying “Up”?”
Jonathan Paquette, Community College of R.I./University of R.I., “H.P. Lovecraft and the Québécois.”
Jaclyn Gronau, Northeastern University, “The Quoddy Village Proposal: A Community of Jewish Displaced Persons in Eastport, Maine.”

Session 3:  Popular Culture
Chair:  Richard Canedo, Lincoln School
Commentator:  Gayle V. Fischer, Salem State University

Michael Urso, Community College of R.I., “Surfing Toward Consciousness: An Interpretation of the Roots of Modern Surfing in Narragansett, R.I.”
Brian Peterson, Shasta College, “Art or Entertainment: Artie Shaw, Popular Culture, and Framework for Understanding The Challenge of Commercial vs. Artistic Expression in America, 1935-1940”

Session 4: Historical Potpourri/Unconventional Sources
Chair & Commentator: Elizabeth De Wolfe, University of New England

Donna La Rue, Independent Scholar,  “‘The Means Imployed His Life to Save/Hurried Him Headlong to the Grave’: A Late Colonial Vermont Gravestone as a Node of Historical Information”
Francinne Valcour,  Arizona State Univ., “The Hidden Agenda: The Clash of Culture and Commercialism in Wonder Woman”

Session 4b: Challenging Conventional Paradigms in World History
Chair and Commentator: Dane Morrison, Salem State University

Michele Louro, Salem State University, “Anti-Imperialism and World History: The Worldview of Jewaru Nehru”
Mary Jane Maxwell, Green Mountain College, “Spiritual Constructs: Challenges to Conventional Paradigms”

BREAK FOR BOOK EXHIBIT & REFRESHMENTS 10:30-11:00 – Registration Area

MORNING SESSION II 11:00-12:00 “Conversations”

Session 5:  The Slave Trade
Conversant: Cheryl Boots, Boston University

Sarah A. Batterson, University of New Hampshire, ““A Horde of Foreign Freebooters”: The U.S. Slave Trade and Spanish-American Relations.”
Kerima M. Lewis, University of California, “Captives on the Move: Tracing the Trans-Atlantic Movement of Africans from the West Indies to Colonial New England.”

Session 6:  Allegations and Suspicions
Conversant:  Melanie Gustafson, University of Vermont

Allison L. Hepler, University of Maine, Farmington, “McCarthyism in Massachusetts: Mary Knowles and the Morrill Memorial Library.”
Anna J. Cook, Massachusetts Historical Society, “In Their Graves Because of False Modesty? : An Allegation of Sexual Assault in Boston, 1914-1915.”

Session 7:  Relief and Charity
Conversant:  Mary Kelly, Franklin Pierce University

Eric Cimino, State University of New York, Stony Brook, “Disaster Relief for Survivors of the Titanic: New York City, 1912.”
Mark Stern, Bentley University, “Not-for-Profit or Un-American?: Private Health Clubs vs. the YMCA, 1970-2010.”

Session 8: Masculinity and Manhood
Conversant: Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Michael Pierson, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, “Lt. Spalding Writes Home: What a Joke Tells Us about a Civil War Soldier’s Confrontation with Death.”
Matthew W. Dunne, Stonehill College, “Training a New Generation of Cold Warriors: Physical Education and Child-rearing in Cold War America.”

 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH & BUSINESS MEETING

AFTERNOON SESSION    1:15-3:15  

Session 9:  Louisa May Alcott’s Centennial: Celebrating 100 Years of What We Know and Love – Or Do We?
Chair: Laura Prieto, Simmons College
Commentator:  John Matteson, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Karen Goodno-McGuire, Salem State University, “The Truth about ‘Laurie,’ or Louisa May Alcott’s Potential Romance.”
*Nicole Sousa, Framingham State University, “A Little Woman in Paris: May Alcott’s Artwork at Home and Abroad.” [undergraduate presenter]
Jan Turnquist, Orchard House, Presentation Title TBA

Session 10:  War/No War/Post-War
Chair & Commentator: Leslie Rogne Schumacher, University of Minnesota

Andrew Liptak, Norwich University, “Norwich University and the Battle of the Bulge.”
Ian Saxine, Northwestern University, “Or Else All Will Not Be Well:” Abenaki Strategic Property Violence as a Tool for Stability in Northern New England, 1714-1754.”
David Doolin, University of Hawai’I at Manoa, “Irish American Transnationalism as anti-British-imperialism: The Fenian Invasion of Canada, 1866.”
*Norman J. Hutson, Norwich University, “Black-Balled”: Memory, Rejection, and the Burlington, Vermont “Stannard” Post of the Grand Army of the Republic” [undergraduate presenter]

Session 11: Revolutions
Chair: James Bidwell, Anna Maria College
Commentator:  Robert Imholt, Albertus Magnus College

Jonathon Derek Awtrey, University of West Georgia, “An Egalitarian Moment: Bostonian’s Classical Imagination and the Creation of an American Social Consciousness, 1776-1789.”
Daniel Blanchard, Fay School, “Polybius’ Flawed Interpretation of Roman (and American) Political History.”
Ian Grimmer, University of Vermont, “Culture and Power: The Councils of Intellectual Workers in the 1918-19 German Revolution.”
John-Paul Wilson, St. Johns University, “The Politics of History: Understanding the Nicaraguan Revolution.”

Session 12: Roman Leaders and Emperors
Chair and Commentator:  Martin Menke, Rivier College

Raymond Capra, Seton Hall University, “The Roman Circus in Tarraco and Vespasian: A Flavian Construction or Reconstruction.”
Eric Kondratieff, Temple University, “A Poetic Pattern of Augustus Pater and His Censorial Work: Anchises in Aeneid 6.679-899”
Patrick Hurley, Montclair State University, “The Emperor Aurelian and Christianity. A Case for Persecution?”
Seth Kendall, Georgia Gwinnett College, “Another “part lion, part fox”? The Strange Career of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus (cos. 83) and the Roman Civil War.”

Session 13:  Business and Industry in New England
Chair: Peter Holloran, Worcester State University
Commentator:  Bruce Cohen, Worcester State University

Thomas M. Lonsdale, Providence College,  “An Economic Great Awakening: The Social Mobility of Rhode Island’s Elite Artisans, 1733-1763”
Adam Krakowski, Independent Scholar, “A Bitter Past: Hops Farming in Nineteenth Century Vermont”
Michael Boston, State University of New York, Brockport, “Booker T. Washington and the National Negro Business League in Boston.”


Please join the NEHA Executive Committee for refreshments before heading home

*indicates undergraduate presenter