Center for Historical Research Speakers

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The Center for Historical Research has welcomed a variety of speakers as part of our ongoing mission to understand the historical condition and its global importance.  Some have presented as part of our Brown Bag Talks series, others joined us to celebrate history months, and a third group presented at symposia sponsored by the Center for Historical Research.  The following is a running list of the speakers we have welcomed to campus.   



Kobi Johnson (Utica College), 
"The Mohawk Creation Story"

Molly Jessup, PhD (Oneida Community Mansion House), 
"Heaven on Earth? Women's Lives in the Oneida Community"

Sarah Seiselmyer (SUNY Buffalo), 
"Aushwitz and Birkenau: Memorials within Memorials"

David G. Wittner, PhD (Utica College), 
"Why Systems Matter: A Tale of Technology Transfer in Meiji Japan"

Craig Nelson, PhD 

(The Ohio State University)

“Of Atomic Tuna and Radioactive Lizards: Godzilla and the Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement”

Sherri Cash, PhD 

(Utica College),

 “Roots in the Valley: Mohawk Valley Merchants, Settlers, and Indians in the Colonial Ginseng Trade.”

Jeffrey Gonda, PhD

(Syracuse University),

"Witnessing Whiteness: Racial Identity and Housing in the Post-World War II Courtroom."


Kathryn Silva, PhD (Utica College) 
“Lynching in a Mill City: The Story of Walter Partridge”

Craig Nelson, PhD

(The Ohio State University), 

“Selling the Future: Atoms for Peace and the Japanese Media."

Thomas Gulier, MA, PhD Candidate

 (Syracuse University),

“Community and Craftsmanship: The Arts and Crafts Utopia in America, 1895-1915.”

Susan Goodier, PhD

(SUNY Polytechnic)

“African American Women Working for the Right to Vote in New York State.”

Jeffrey DuBois, PhD

(University at Albany),

"Japan's Manga Emperor: Debating the Role of the Postwar Emperor Through Graphic Novels."

Sherri Cash, PhD

(Utica College)

"Two Works in Progress: Roots in the Valley and Slaves Along the Mohawk."

Christopher Fobare, MA, PhD Candidate

(University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

"A Failed Equality: Central New York and the Politics of Free Labor, 1830-1877."


Robert Clines, MA, PhD Candidate

(Syracuse University),

“The Society of Jesus Between Rome and the Christian Orient."

Peter DeSimone, PhD

(Utica College),

“Old Ways in Modern Russia:  Defining the Russian Orthodox Old Rite on the Eve of Revolutionary Russia” 

Clare Fitzgerald, PhD


“The Evil Stepmother on the Throne: The Reign of Hatshepsut and Its Historiography”

Tristan Tomilson, MA, PhD Candidate

(SUNY Stonybrook), 

“’Harsh, Yet Innocent Remedies’: Persuasion, Violence, and Managing Populations in the British Atlantic during the Long Eighteenth Century.”

Lisa Trivedi, PhD

(Hamilton College),

“Seeing Women's Labor: Social Reform and Photography in India, 1937” 

Molly Jessup, MA, PhD Candidate

(Syracuse University)

“Creating the American Teenager: Life Adjustment Education and Youth in the 1950s.” 

Geoffrey Storm, 
“Now and for the Future: One Man's Life in the CCC”

Christopher Fobare, MA, PhD Candidate (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

"Reconstruction and the Reformation of National Partisan Politics, 1865-1872"


David Wittner Ph.D.

(Utica College)

"What’s in a Label? Images of Self and Nationalism in Prewar Japan"

Peter DeSimone, Ph.D.

(Utica College)

"Architecture and Identity: Community Boundaries of the Moscow Old Believers" 

Sherri Cash, Ph.D.

(Utica College)

"A. Mann: African Americans and the Erie County Almshouse between Emancipation and Emancipation”

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History Month

LGBT History Month


Laurie Marhoefer, PhD

(Syracuse University), 

“The World's First Gay Rights Movement and the Golden 1920s of the Weimar Republic."


Leigh Ann Wheeler, PhD

 (University at Binghamton), 

"Sexual Civil Liberties and the Rise of Gay Rights: An Untold Story of Stealth and Wealth."

Native American History Month


Anthony Wonderley

(Historian of the Oneida Community Mansion House), 

"Iroquois Myth: A Path to the Iroquois Past."

Black History Month


Kathryn Silva, PhD

(Utica College), 

“Interpreting the Long Civil Rights Movement in the Wake of Ferguson.” 

Women's History Month


Mary McCune, PhD

(SUNY Oswego),

"Intimate Quarters: Gender and the History of Racial Segregation in the North”

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The Voting Rights Act @ 50

Christopher Hickman, PhD 

(Tarleton State University), 

“Even Bad Ideas (Sometimes) Find Judicial Allies: Justice Hugo Black’s Jurisprudential Deviations and the Opponents of the VRA of 1965”

Victoria Wolcott, PhD

 (University of Buffalo),

“Voting with Their Feet: The Struggle Over Segregated Recreation”

Jeffrey H. Bloodworth, PhD 

(Gannon University),

 “Race Matters: The 1982 Voting Rights Act & the Irony of Southern Realignment”

Meeghan Kane 

(Benedict College),

“Working the Act: Grassroots Organizing After VRA in South Carolina”

The Voting Rights Act @ 50 Roundtable


Kathryn M. Silva, Ph.D. (Utica College)


Robbie Dancy (NAACP, Oneida County), Anthony Van Der Meer, (University of Massachusetts-Boston)

World War I @ 100

John Langdon, PhD


"July 1914: Why Conflict Resolution Failed."

Peter DeSimone, PhD

(Utica College),

" From the Eagle to the Hammer and Sickle: How Russia's Great War Tragedy Changed the World"

June Mastan, MA

(University at Albany),

"Adventurers, patriots, and loyal British subjects: U.S. citizen enlistees in the First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF)"  

Mary McCune, PhD

(SUNY Oswego),

"The Impact of World War One on Ethnic Identity: Examining the Effects of the War on the American Jewish Community Nationally and in Pittsburgh"

Robert Kane, PhD

(Niagara University),

""'Evil Customs of the Past': The Japanese Challenge to a Segregated New World Order at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919."

Gary B. Ostrower, PhD

(Alfred University),

"The League of Nations and its Many Fathers” 


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