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Friday, April 7
5:00 pm--6:30 pm




TCU Reception
Sponsored by the Texas Christian University, Department of History

The TCU History Department invites attendees for food and refreshments.


Saturday, April 8
8:00 am--9:00 am






In Memoriam: James Oliver Horton
Sponsored by the Department of American Studies, The George Washington University, and The George Washington University Department of History+

An informal meeting of Jim's friends and colleagues to honor him with their own testimony and to speak of his life and his many contributions to the study and teaching of U.S. history. Coffee and light refreshments will be available.

11:00 am--12:30 am

Historians Respond to the Advent of Trump

The advent of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency demands the attention of historians, regardless of partisan affiliation or conviction. Trump's ascendancy has amplified, and potentially normalized, a civic discourse grounded in racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia, and derived from political scripts with long histories. His presidency seems destined to alter public policy dramatically on a range of issues, including immigration and refugees, policing and incarceration, reproductive rights, health care, climate change, corporate regulation, public funding of scientific research, arts, and the humanities, and much more. Since Donald Trump is the second president in sixteen years to be elected while losing the popular vote, the November 2016 result raises additional historical questions about the mechanics and democratic character of U.S. elections. While no single session can capture the full range of historical issues and entanglements raised by Trump's rise, the historians featured in this panel will frame a number of key questions for broader discussion and reflection.

Chair: Robert Self, Brown University

  • Benjamin L. Alpers, University of Oklahoma (Authoritarianism in America)
  • Ibram X. Kendi, University of Florida
    (Race and Racism)
  • Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University
    (LGBTQ Rights)
  • Maria Cristina Garcia, Cornell University (Immigration and Refugees)
  • Jennifer Nelson,University of Redlands (Reproductive Rights)




Friday, April 7

WORKSHOP: K-12 Common Core History Skills: Writing Arguments

Saturday, April 8

Digital Humanities Presentation: Mapping the Mahjar