Researching New York 2016/The Conference on New York State History

Looking Back—Looking Forward: 
Exploring Intersections of Society, Culture, Policy, & Law

Celebrate New York History Month at the annual Researching New York Conference!! The conference meets annually in November, bringing together historians, archivists, public historians, graduate students, museum curators, teachers, documentarians, and more to share their work on New York State history. This year we are pleased to partner with the New York State Historical Association/Conference on New York State History, as well as our longtime partner, The Archives Partnership Trust, to present a single expanded 2016 conference exploring all aspects of New York State History. Joining us are the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government  as we explore the implications of the 2017 referendum on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York State. The expanded program includes additional sessions at the NYS Museum, including workshops and opportunities for secondary school teachers.

An updated PDF 0f the program (11/6) is available for DOWNLOAD  and at the program link above.  Registration and lodging information is available at the registration link above.

Conference Highlights: 30 plus panels and events.

*****Thursday, November 17, 7 PM.  University at Albany Campus Center Assembly Hall.  Public forum considering the upcoming 2017 referendum  on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention—from a contemporary and historical (of course!) perspective. Open to the public.
****Friday, November 18, Lunch keynote. Noted historian Daniel Czitrom discussing his latest work on NYS history, New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal That Launched the Progressive Era. Requires conference registration.
****Friday, November 18, 7:30 PM New York State Museum.  Author and documentary photographer Marissa Scheinfeld,  The Borscht Belt: Past, Present & Future. evisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland.
****Saturday November 19,  New York State Museum. General sessions and additional workshops for K-12 teachers.  1 PM, Huxley Auditorium. Closing Plenary:  on history education and civic engagement with Verdis LeVar Robinson,
Voices of the Unheard”:  A Walking Tour of the Memory and Legacy of the Rochester Riots of 1964.

As they do every 20 years, New Yorkers will vote, in 2017, on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention to change the New York State Constitution. Understanding this historically, in the larger context of society, politics, civic engagement, and more, informs current debates over convening a constitutional convention while enlarging our understanding of the civic life and history of New York State. Historically, debates leading up to and actual outcomes of Constitutional Conventions have often had wide ranging, if not always well-understood, implications for the citizens of New York.

The conference is sponsored by the University at Albany Department of History, the New York State Historical Association and cosponsored by the University at Albany M.E. Grenander Special Collections & Archives, the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.

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