The University of Connecticut and the American Antiquarian Society will host the Inaugural James L. and Shirley A. Draper Graduate Student Conference on Early American Studies from November 10-12, 2005. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Rhys Isaac and former University of Connecticut professor Karen Ordahl Kupperman will be the keynote speakers for this event. Professor Isaac is Professor Emeritus at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Early American History at the College of William and Mary. He is well known for his book The Transformation of Virginia. Professor Kupperman is the Silver Professor of History at New York University. In 2001, she won The American Historical Association Prize in Atlantic History for Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America.
The conference is intended to develop community and encourage interaction among graduate students from across the country. This year's topic focuses on the history of the senses, asking how the peoples of early American saw, heard, tasted, touched, and felt their physical and social worlds. Graduate students will present papers looking at how studying the senses enhances and changes the way scholars interpret Early America. Topics include Euro/African/Native American encounters and interaction, children's literature, war, travel, memory, and religion. The conference features graduate students from a wide range of institutions, including UCONN, Boston University, University of Delaware, Syracuse, Villanova University, Vanderbilt, William and Mary, Cornell, University of Southern California, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota.
The first two days of the conference will take place on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, while the third day will include a trip to the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA. There is no fee for attending the conference, but the conference committee asks that attendees register by October 28, 2005>. For more information and registration, please visit the “Coming to Our Senses” website at http://www.conferences.uconn.edu/draper.
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