A Fruitful Year for the Graduate History Association by Amelia Zurcher

Article A Fruitful Year for the Graduate History Association

The Graduate History Association has had an exciting and productive year of community building and professional development. GHA members actively participated in regular meetings, frequent off-campus outings, the mentor program, and a TA strategies lunch. Through a series of roundtable discussions initiated by history graduate students and sponsored by the history department, GHA members and department staff and faculty discussed important questions of race, labor, capital, and the role of historians in ongoing struggles around these issues. Speakers included Diana Sierra Becerra, Iyko Day, Brittany Frederick, John Higginson, Jess Johnson, Perri Meldon ’19MA, Traci Parker, and Sigrid Schmalzer,

A successful Graduate History Association Conference, The Routes of History: Knowing Pasts, Envisioning Futures, welcomed presenters from various disciplines and universities across and outside the United States. Among the 35 presenters at the conference were UMass history graduate students Amy Breimaier, James During, Ragini Jha, Shay Olmstead, and Kendall Taivalkoski ’19MA. A keynote address by James Young, distinguished professor emeritus, about the process of memorial art particularly drew a crowd. Also well-attended, a workshop led by Maria Salgado-Cartagena, people’s historian of the Puerto Rican diaspora in Holyoke, provided tools for using community histories to empower youth activism.

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