The Relevance of History Conference will be held on April 13–14 in the Regenstein Library, room 122, 1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. The conference explores the role of historians and historical thinking in today's world; reexamines the role that the discipline can play in social activism, policy making, and digital media; proposes new ways to think about the professional and public roles of historians; and seeks to strengthen the next generation of scholars.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

3:30–5 PM  Alumni Panel: What Does Being a Historian Mean to You?

5–7 PM  Alumni Happy Hour & Dinner


Friday, April 14, 2017

8:30–9 AM  Breakfast & Check In
  9–10:15 AM  Does Engagement with the World Make You a Better Historian?

—Thomas Holt, James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History, University of Chicago
—Theresa Mah, PhD '99 (Chicago), state representative, Illinois Second District
—Kathleen Belew, assistant professor of US history, University of Chicago

10:45 AM–Noon  Do We Need to Think Historically to Solve Contemporary Economic Issues?

—Leah Zell, PhD (Harvard) & CFA, founder & lead portfolio manager, Lizard Investors LLC
—Nils Gilman, PhD (Berkeley), associate chancellor & chief of staff, University of California, Berkeley
—Jonathan Levy, PhD '08 (Chicago), professor of US history, University of Chicago


Noon–1:15 PM     Lunch & History Challenge Presentations


1:30–2:45 PM     Digital Scholarship & Engagement: Why Bother?

—Seth Denbo, PhD (Warwick), director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives, American Historical Association
—Claire Potter, professor of history & director of the Digital Humanities Initiative, New School
—Monica Mercado, PhD '14 (Chicago), assistant professor of history, Colgate University
—Andrew Janco, PhD '12 (Chicago), digital scholarship librarian, Haverford College

3:30-5 PM     Keynote Address by John Lawrence, PhD (Berkeley)

John Lawrence's career in politics spanned four decades. He began as a chief of staff to Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and as staff director of two committees led by Miller, the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and Labor. From 2005 until his retirement in 2013 he served as chief of staff for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

RSVP by April 1, 2017.
If you need accommodation to attend please contact
Lindsey Martin martinli[at]uchicago[dot]edu

This conference is made possible by Making History Work,
the American Historical Association's Career Diversity for Historians initiative
in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds the initiative,
which aims to prepare graduate students and early career historians
for a range of careers within and beyond the academy.