UMass Graduate History Association

UMass Graduate History Association Graduate History Association at UMass Amherst The GHA works to facilitate the work of graduate students in both educational and professional capacities, as well as creating a welcoming and friendly social environment for all graduate students within the department.
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General GHA meetings are generally held on a monthly basis (or more often, depending on necessity). Attendance is encouraged and appreciated! -The UMass Graduate Student History Conference- Each year, the GHA holds the UMass Graduate History Conference, open to graduate students from across the nation. Be on the look out for news and notifications regarding this great event! -Book and Bake Sales- The GHA’s primary fundraiser each year is the Fall/Spring Book and Bake Sale. Students and professors contribute books (old or new, on any and every topic) to sell to the campus community. “Foodies” in the department, or those at least willing to buy pastries or cookies, contribute baked goods as another way to raise funds. Feed your body, feed your mind! Book donations are accepted throughout the year. Contact one of our officers to arrange to have them picked up. These sales are held in the Lobby of Herter Hall. All proceeds benefit the Graduate Student History Conference. 2014-2015 Officers: Co-Chairs: Marwa Amer Janelle Bourgeois Treasurer: Emily Pipes Secretary: Felicia Jamison

Mission: The Graduate History Association at UMass Amherst is dedicated to promoting education, facilitating academic progress, providing social and network opportunities for, and offering professional support to the graduate students of the History Department. Interested graduate students are encouraged to join!

Operating as usual

Here is the schedule for the conference!
03/08/2019

Here is the schedule for the conference!

03/01/2019

With just a week to the conference, we have some exciting news! The conference will include a feature workshop at 12.00 PM, on Saturday March 9.
WORKSHOP TITLE:
Feature Workshop: Using the Past to Empower Future Youth Activism with Maria Salgado-Cartagena, People's Historian of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
The Puerto Rican Community in Holyoke has a long history of storytelling. Holyoke's industrial history has been documented in many forms--books, film and even theater productions. However, the rich activist history of Puerto Ricans in Holyoke is rarely represented. Long-time activist and people's historian Maria Salgado-Cartagena has served as a consultant to Holyoke's Ethnic Studies Initiative and the Pa'lante Restorative Justice Program out of Holyoke High School to use "history storytelling" to inform this work. She captures the long history of resilience and activism to inform and empower youth. Many of the youth have never heard of these stories and take incredible pride of themselves as Puerto Ricans but even more about being Holyokers. In this workshop, Salgado-Cartagena will demonstrate how moments in Holyoke's past help youth discover their place in the present
BIO
Maria Salgado-Cartagena, People's Historian of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, is working to ensure the visibility of Puerto Ricans in the city’s vibrant past and present. A longtime resident of Holyoke, she has been involved in community organizing since high school, and has worked in the nonprofit sector of Holyoke for more than 20 years. Currently, as the program coordinator for Hampshire College’s Community Partnerships for Social Change program, she prepares Five College students for work with community groups and helps the colleges place students with community partners. Her trainings are focused on contextualizing history of local communities through the lens of race, gender and class, elevating moments in time when the "people" created change. She has served on the boards of several organizations in Holyoke including Wistariahurst Museum and Nueva Esperanza. In 2013 she was recognized by the Latino Scholarship Association as the Carlos Vega Community Champion in 2013 and in 2015 was recognized by the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association with the Maria Berrios activist award.

Thank you to all who attended the roundtable discussion on Monday, February 19. A special thanks to the speakers present...
02/21/2019

Thank you to all who attended the roundtable discussion on Monday, February 19. A special thanks to the speakers present: Prof. Diana Becerra, Brittany Frederick (Ph.D candidate), Jessica Johnson (Outreach Director), Perri Meldon (M.A. student) and Prof. Sigrid Schmalzer. 🌍🌎🌏

Roundtable Discussion February 19, 2019
02/21/2019

Roundtable Discussion February 19, 2019

History in Action
This is meant to be a panel that brings faculty, staff and students together to discuss relevant questions that concern us as historians and members of the university. These concerns stem primarily, but not solely from the anti-Semitic and racist incidents that occurred last semester, not just in UMass but across US universities. Further, the AHA conference and the NEMA conference took place in contexts of impending labor strikes. This led to discussions of how historians (PH, alt ac and academic) deal with work and labor questions in organizing events in academia.

Hope the snow today was not too bad for everyone. A reminder that tomorrow February 19 we are having our roundtable disc...
02/18/2019

Hope the snow today was not too bad for everyone. A reminder that tomorrow February 19 we are having our roundtable discussion at 4 PM in Herter Hall 601. Be there!😁📗🖊

As the GHA Conference approaches, it is our pleasure to announce that Dr. James Young, Founding Director of the Institut...
02/13/2019

As the GHA Conference approaches, it is our pleasure to announce that Dr. James Young, Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at UMass Amherst will be giving the keynote address. The keynote will be based on his new book, Stages of Memory, on 8th March, Friday, at 6 pm, in IHGMS. All are welcome!

02/05/2019

Hello Everyone,

Just a reminder that we are going to meet this Thursday 7th, at noon, in the Herter lobby, seventh floor. We have much to discuss with the conference coming up, we are very excited. Of course, pizza will be provided🍕! We will not be talking on an empty stomach. Thank you and see you then. 😁🌎🌍🌏

Best,
Your, GHA

The UMass Graduate History Association invites all History Department members to a roundtable discussion in the aftermat...
02/04/2019

The UMass Graduate History Association invites all History Department members to a roundtable discussion in the aftermath of anti-Semitic and racist incidents that occurred last semester, but also labor issues surrounding the past AHA and NEMA conferences. It will held on February 19th at 4 PM in Herter Hall 601.
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This roundtable aims to bring together faculty, staff and students in the department to discuss questions of what our role and relevance may be beyond academics, in dealing with questions of racism, and labor practices within departmental and university contexts, and in political and community outreach.
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The speakers are Prof. Diana Becerra, Brittany Frederick (Ph.D candidate), Jessica Johnson (Outreach Director), Perri Meldon (M.A. student), Prof. Sigrid Schmalzer.
Open to all.

https://popula.com/2019/01/31/my-hometown-florianopolis-brazil/Yuri Gama, doctoral student in our dept., writes about hi...
02/02/2019
My Hometown: Florianópolis, Brazil

https://popula.com/2019/01/31/my-hometown-florianopolis-brazil/
Yuri Gama, doctoral student in our dept., writes about his relationship to his hometown, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil in Popula:

"For years I felt my life in Florianópolis was boring. These days, I live in Massachusetts, whose silent frozen lakes and mountains of snow both terrify me and make me think back on all the hours I spent complaining about endless traffic jams and expensive bus fares. All this makes me want to send Floripa a postcard sometimes, one with a photo of a snowstorm on the front. On the back, I’d tell the city that I remember all of it: the riots and the beaches and the ghosts, too."

E então segue toda vida reto.

Our panel on the subject of Race, Labour and Capital was a fantastic success with a great turnout and fascinating discus...
02/02/2019

Our panel on the subject of Race, Labour and Capital was a fantastic success with a great turnout and fascinating discussions. Thank you so much to our panelists Professor Iyko Day, Professor John Higginson and Professor Traci Parker for speaking on the subject of Race, Labour, Capital with great depth and knowledge. Let's keep this momentum going, do not forget that this panel was part of a 2-part series. Our next panel will be held on Tuesday, February 19th in Herter Hall 601 at 4:00 pm.

January 28 2019  Race, Labour, Capital panel by GHA
02/02/2019

January 28 2019 Race, Labour, Capital panel by GHA

Race, Labour, Capital panelists: Professor Iyko Day, Professor John Higginson and Professor Traci Parker.

Hello EveryoneGood Morning. Do not forget to attend the Race, Labour, Capital: Panel Discussion today in Herter Hall 601...
01/28/2019

Hello Everyone

Good Morning. Do not forget to attend the Race, Labour, Capital: Panel Discussion today in Herter Hall 601 at 4 PM. We will have cookies and coffee. See you all there!☕🍪📗🖊

Best,
Your GHA

Hello EveryoneWe have stopped accepting submissions for our GHA call for papers. Thank you so much to all who submitted....
01/25/2019

Hello Everyone
We have stopped accepting submissions for our GHA call for papers. Thank you so much to all who submitted. The "Routes of History" are fast approaching, so keep March 8 saved on your calendars. For another great event happening soon, please attend the Race, Labour, Capital: Panel Discussion this Monday, January 28, 2019, in Herter Hall 601 at 4 PM. With the topics at hand, and the distinguished panelists, this should be a great discussion. See you there!
😀🌍🧠
Best,
Your GHA

Hello EveryoneOur Annual Conference of the Graduate History Association is fast approaching. Please consider sharing/sub...
01/15/2019

Hello Everyone

Our Annual Conference of the Graduate History Association is fast approaching. Please consider sharing/submitting!

Hello EveryoneHope the New Year is off to a good start. As the year moves forward our 15th annual GHA Graduate Conferenc...
01/04/2019

Hello Everyone
Hope the New Year is off to a good start. As the year moves forward our 15th annual GHA Graduate Conference is on the horizon. Get involved and spread the word!😀
The deadline for the abstract submissions is 22nd Jan 2019. Check out the poster for more details!
As always your Graduate History Association is here for you.
Best,
Your GHA

01/01/2019

Hello Everyone

Your GHA wishes everyone a happy New Year with the hope that you all have had some break from that pesky book list and all that writing.🎊🎉🧠

From your GHA

Brian Franklin Whetstone, graduate student of the hist. department, writes on the recent racist incidents and responses ...
12/18/2018
“On Brutalism and Resistance” by Brian Whetstone

Brian Franklin Whetstone, graduate student of the hist. department, writes on the recent racist incidents and responses in Herter Hall:

"As Herter’s original Brutalist design intended to reflect its interior properties, so too have we projected our values as academics committed to rejecting racism and hatred from UMass onto the exterior of Herter Hall. Likewise, our simple mapping of words and phrases transformed Herter from a monolithic concrete block to a pliable canvas. Our own act of resistance refutes the idea that Brutalism is an architectural style unyielding to human intervention. Rather, we have agency to shape our built environment to better reflect our values as an academic department and a society."

For some, Herter Hall is an eyesore. Our department’s little-loved home is a concrete monolith, one of several scattered across the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), the flagship campus …

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12/14/2018

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Here is the Call For Papers for the 15th Annual Graduate History Association Conference, March 8-9 2019 The Routes of Hi...
12/11/2018

Here is the Call For Papers for the 15th Annual Graduate History Association Conference, March 8-9 2019
The Routes of History: Knowing Pasts, Envisioning Futures. Thank you so much to everyone for their help and input. We hope to continue having it moving forward.✍️😁

11/27/2018

Hello all!

We know the weather is not great and we all just got back from break, but do not forget that the GEO coffee hours and the GHA meeting is today, Tuesday, from 1.30 to 2.00 and then 2.00 to 2.30. This meeting will be in Herter 601. There will be many topics to discuss in the meeting so please attend. Coffee and food will be provided.

See you all there!☕

11/06/2018

Hi Everyone,

Just a brief reminder that the call for papers committee will meet today in Herter 601 at 3:00pm. Thanks so much for volunteering your time, we really appreciate it.

Best,📝

10/22/2018

Hello everyone,

It is beginning to get colder and colder so please remember to dress warm on your way to the GHA meeting tomorrow Oct 23rd at 1:30 PM. It will be held on the seventh-floor lobby in Herter Hall. Lunch is on us. See you all there.

Your GHA

10/16/2018

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that the Teaching Assistant Strategies Lunch is today at 1:30pm in Herter 601.

Thanks to all who are taking part, we look forward to seeing you there!

Best,👩‍🏫👨‍🏫

Your GHA

Fall outing was a real hole in one!🤙⛳🍗
10/09/2018

Fall outing was a real hole in one!🤙⛳🍗

Minigolf ⛳️

Minigolf ⛳️
10/06/2018

Minigolf ⛳️

Minigolf ⛳️

09/26/2018

Hello everyone, just a reminder that this Sunday is the mini-golf. Come down and have fun, we know you need it! We will have food!⛳

09/25/2018

Hello everyone, a quick message for all those taking their "comps" at this moment, the GHA is rooting for you all. You got this!👍🤙

09/18/2018

The moment everyone has been eagerly waiting for is finally here, the first GHA meeting. We will meet today, Tuesday Sept. 18, at 1:30pm in the 7th floor of Herter. We will have pizza. 🍕

09/18/2018

Hello Everyone
Welcome to the 2018 Fall Semester to all new and returning students. Two weeks into the new semester and already too much to do, a friendly reminder from the GHA to just breath. How is everyone adjusting?

The semester is over, papers are graded, and our graduates have walked across the stage. We thank you so much for an ama...
05/14/2018

The semester is over, papers are graded, and our graduates have walked across the stage. We thank you so much for an amazing year. Take a look through some wonderful memories!

03/24/2018

Will we see you tomorrow at our annual conference? Registration begins at 7:45 AM, in the Isenberg atrium. #GHA18

03/20/2018

Are you ready for GHA’s annual conference? We hope to see you this weekend for some “critical conversations”! 🤓📚

02/04/2018

Our first GHA meeting will take place tomorrow at 12:30. We'll see you on the 7th floor lobby of Herter...and we're bringing wings! 🍗

01/30/2018

We're moving into the second week everyone! How are you adjusting to the Spring semester?

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The GHA works to facilitate the work of graduate students in both educational and professional capacities, as well as creating a welcoming and friendly social environment for all graduate students within the department. General GHA meetings are generally held on a monthly basis (or more often, depending on necessity). Attendance is encouraged and appreciated! -The UMass Graduate Student History Conference- Each year, the GHA holds the UMass Graduate History Conference, open to graduate students from across the nation. Be on the look out for news and notifications regarding this great event! -Book and Bake Sales- The GHA’s primary fundraiser each year is the Fall/Spring Book and Bake Sale. Students and professors contribute books (old or new, on any and every topic) to sell to the campus community. “Foodies” in the department, or those at least willing to buy pastries or cookies, contribute baked goods as another way to raise funds. Feed your body, feed your mind! Book donations are accepted throughout the year. Contact one of our officers to arrange to have them picked up. These sales are held in the Lobby of Herter Hall. All proceeds benefit the Graduate Student History Conference. 2018-2019 Officers: Co-Chairs: Ragini Jha James During Treasurer: Jacob Boucher

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Just a reminder - GHA Mini-Golf Welcome Event Extravaganza is TODAY at 4pm, at the Western Mass Family Golf Center in Hadley! For anyone who needs a ride, there will be a carpool opportunity at 3:30 outside of Herter.