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 and the Albany Law School, as we explore the implications of the 2017 vote on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York State. The expanded program, in development, will also include additional workshops and opportunities for secondary school teachers.

Preliminary Program & Registration Information
An expanded Website and portal to register online is on the way!!

Thanks to all who submitted proposals for this year’s expanded conference. We are awaiting final confirmation from our panelists and expect the full program and registration details will be available shortly. Preliminary registration information is available at the registration link above.

Meanwhile, some of this year’s featured events:

*****Thursday, November 17, 7 PM.   Public forum at Albany Law school considering the upcoming 2017 vote 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 Danial 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 PM New York State Museum.     Author and documentary photographer Marissa Scheinfeld on the new release, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland.
****Saturday November 19,  New York State Museum. General sessions and additional workshops for K-12 teachers.  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.

Special Focus: 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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