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Thursday, April 16

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

"Taboos" in a "Special Relationship"—or—Irish Americans and Northern Ireland

Chair and Commentator: Andrew Wilson, Loyola University Chicago
Campaigning for Ireland: US Senators and Congressmen and the Northern Ireland Conflict
Andrew Sanders, Queen's University Belfast

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm 

Beyond Green versus Black: Conflict and the Creation of Irish America, 1860–1919
Sponsored by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society
Kerby A. Miller, University of Missouri–Columbia
M. Alison Kibler, Franklin & Marshall College
Building an Irish Village: Ireland, Irish America, and the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
Ely M. Janis, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Green on Green: Conflict among Irish Americans during the Civil War
Ian Delahanty, Boston College
The Roots of Antisemitism in Boston's Irish Catholic Community
Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan, University of South Carolina, Aiken

Culture and Politics in the Cold War Pacific
Solicited by the OAH–Japanese Association for American Studies Japan Historians Collaborative Committee
Chair: Elaine Tyler May, University of Minnesota
Commentator: Scott Laderman, University of Minnesota Duluth
"Leaders for Tomorrow": The U.S. Study Abroad Program in Occupied Okinawa, 1945–1972
Kinuko Maehara Yamazato, Meio University
From Colonial Knowledge to Cold War Knowledge: The ICA and University of Minnesota Rebuild Seoul National University
Yuka Tsuchiya, Ehime University
Nuclear Legacies: U.S. Military Empire and the Path towards Marshallese Decolonization during the Cold War
Lauren Hirshberg, University of California, Los Angeles

Friendly Fields of Fire: Veterans' Politics and Local Policy in Twentieth-Century America
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Disability and Disability History
Chair and Commentator: Hal Friedman, Henry Ford College
A Historian's Forgotten Past: Howard Zinn and the Red Scare in the American Veterans Committee
Matthew Nichter, Rollins College
Frames Refocused: Black and White Blinded GIs and Social Re-Orientation during the Second World War
Robert Jefferson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
"An Eye for an Eye" Local Civil Rights the Practice of Armed Self Defense, and the Vision of the Deacons for Defense and Justice in Louisiana during the 1960s
Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Taking Matters into Their Own Hands: Black Vietnam Era Veterans Helping Veterans
James Westheider, University of Cincinnati–Clermont College

Friday, April 17

9:00 am - 10:30 pm 

Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels
Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh
This documentary by Tony Buba is based on Marcus Rediker's The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (2012). It chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in May 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to
search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave-trading factory where the Africans were incarcerated before their Middle Passage to the Americas. The film uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below.

Private Parties and Public Servants: Hybrid Ventures in U.S. Cold War Diplomacy
Endorsed by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
Chair and Commentator: Axel Schäfer, Keele University
Science Diplomacy, Arms'-Length Relationships, and the Fantasy of Private Diplomacy in U.S. Foreign Relations, 1957–1972
Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar
In the Best American Tradition: State-Private Humanitarianism in the Age of Eisenhower
Joshua Mather, Saint Louis University
War without War: Connections between Musical Diplomacy and President John F. Kennedy's Foreign Aid Initiatives
Jennifer Campbell, Central Michigan University

The Red Taboo in American History
Endorsed by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
Chair and Commentator: Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"American Girls in Red Russia": Rethinking the Red Taboo in U.S. Women's History
Julia Mickenberg, University of Texas at Austin
"The Reddest of the Blacks": History across the Full Spectrum of Civil Rights Activism
Glenda Gilmore, Yale University
"TWO Witch Hunts": On (Not) Seeing Red in The Lavender Scare
Aaron Lecklider, University of Massachusetts, Boston

10:50 pam - 12:20 pm 

National Histories Are Moribund!: Finding New Borders in Cold War History
Endorsed by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
Jeremi Suri, University of Texas at Austin
• Margaret Peacock, University of Alabama
• Jeremi Suri, University of Texas at Austin
• Kate Brown, University of Maryland–Baltimore County
• Gregory Domber, University of North Florida
• Daniel Bessner, University of Washington
The purpose of this roundtable is to open the floor for innovative discussion regarding the evolution of the field of Cold War history. By conceptualizing the Cold War as an event that spanned and surpassed national boundaries, we can begin to acknowledge how other structural factors shaped and defined this event for multiple generations.

New Directions in Asian American History
Chair: Melissa Borja, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Commentator: Erika Lee, University of Minnesota
An Untraditional Tradition: Immigrant Confucianism in San Francisco, 1849–1949
Lisa Mar, University of Toronto
Asian Americans and the War on Poverty
Ellen Wu, Indiana University
Life and Death in Prison: Chol Soo Lee's Freedom without Justice and Memoir as Historical Source
Richard Kim, University of California, Davis
"Herbie Moy Hated All White Men": Exploring Chinese American Allegiances during World War II
Charlotte Brooks, Baruch College, CUNY

Geographic Taboos: Why the Caribbean Matters to U.S. History
Chair: Alison Games, Georgetown University
• Carla Pestana, University of California, Los Angeles
• Michelle McDonald, Richard Stockton College
• Daniel Livesay, Drury University
• Roderick McDonald, Rider University
• Edward Rugemer, Yale University
This roundtable engages the conference theme of "taboos" by looking at a geographic taboo: the relationship of the history of the Caribbean to the history of the United States. The Caribbean and North America shared many vital connections. Because colonies in the West Indies and those on the North American mainland sometimes inhabited different imperial worlds, and as different colonial locales turned into nations, the histories of these different locales have landed in separate historiographies—of
specific empires (whether French or British) or of individual nations (whether Jamaica, Haiti, or the United States). These historiographic barriers endure. What does it mean to be a U.S. historian who is also a Caribbeanist? How might this different geographic perspective inform teaching and scholarship? How do these professional
identities play themselves out in the various dimensions of professional life?

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Activists, Writers, and Expansive Ideas about Peace in the Early Cold War Years
Robert Shaffer, Shippensburg University
• Robbie Lieberman, Kennesaw State University
• Marian Mollin, Virginia Tech
• Leilah Danielson, Northern Arizona University
• R. L. Updegrove, Northern Arizona University
We will explore the ideas, strategies, and expressions of those committed to broad ideas about peace during the early years of the Cold War, when the peace movement as such was at its nadir. We are also eager to discuss why scholars themselves often seem to avoid the word "peace." Does the word itself still carry a taboo left over from that era? Does it seem unmanly for those seeking liberation from colonialism or racial oppression to argue for a sort of equality that could undergird a positive peace?

Rethinking Memory and Taboo: Hiroshima/Nagasaki in the U.S. and Japan
Chairs: Linda Hoaglund, Things Left Behind; Andrea Geiger, Simon Fraser University
• Linda Hoaglund, Things Left Behind
• Hiroko Takahashi, Hiroshima City University
• Naoko Wake, Michigan State University
• Elyssa Faison, University of Oklahoma
This session reflects on the separate ways in which memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been constructed in the U.S. and Japan, placing the work of historians in both countries in conversation with that of filmmaker Linda Hoaglund, director and producer of Things Left Behind. Linda Hoaglund will show excerpts from her film, which provides an artist's perspective on the power of art to "recast historical memory" of traumatic events such as the dropping of the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima seventy years ago. In addition to reflecting on the message of the film from the perspective of historians working in the field, participants will consider how personal narratives can complicate nation-based accounts and insist on a more inclusive telling that does not write out the stories of Japanese American or Korean survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Saturday, April 18

10:50 am - 12:20 pm

Teaching World War I during the Centennial: New Sources and New Interpretations
Sponsored by the OAH Committee on Teaching
Amy Forss, Metropolitan Community College
Assessing Understandings of World War I on the Redesigned AP U.S. History Exam
Lawrence Charap, College Board
Using Historical Thinking Skills to Introduce World War I to AP U.S. History Students
John P. Irish, College Board
Teaching World War I during the Centennial: New Sources and New Interpretations
Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sunday, April 19

10:45 am - 12:25 pm 

Racialized Context or Impact of World War II Japanese American Internment
Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania
Neil Foley, Southern Methodist University
Performing the Pacific War: Chinese American Actors, Hollywood, and the Politics of Japanese American Incarceration, 1937–1945
William Gow, University of California, Berkeley
Triage: Jack Crisp Sleath, Medical Care, and Japanese Incarceration 1942–1946
Terumi Rafferty-Osaki, American University
Mexican Americans in the Shadow of the Enemy Alien Internment Camp in Crystal City, Texas, during World War II
Yolanda Lara Arauza, Minnesota State University, Moorhead