As a department, we're committed to hosting scholars from other institutions, sharing our work with one another, and discussing history with the public. We hope you'll join us for one of our upcoming events both on and off campus.
Date: First 6 Thursdays in the Spring 2021 Semester
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
This non-credit course offers a forum on the diverse array of careers available to holders of MA and PhD degrees in History. Class sessions will discuss different academic and non-academic career paths, prepare graduate students for the job market, and help them learn how to gain professional knowledge and experience during their time in graduate school. Open as an elective to all graduate students. The course is organized by Emily Bowlus-Peck, History Department Career Diversity Fellow.
The central theme of the course is called “Telling Your Narrative.” During your time in graduate school, you are essentially creating a compelling story about who you are, your interests and values. Our fields of study, teaching experience, department-related positions (GHA, GSA, etc.), digital or quantitative literacy, fellowships, and conferences shape our stories. This narrative is imperative to both academic and non-academic job markets and will become essential part of how you present yourself in the professional world.
The Graduate History Association of the University at Buffalo (the GHA) will host the 30th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, virtually on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Co-sponsored by the History Department, this conference enables graduate students to share current research with fellow students and faculty members from a variety of disciplines and fields, including, but not limited to: History, Political Science, Anthropology, Classics, English, Transnational Studies, Geography, Gender Studies, and Disability Studies.
The 30th Annual Plesur Conference will address the theme of “(Ab)Normality.” Recognizing that norms and mores have dramatically varied across time and space, manifesting in decisions and attitudes that themselves have significantly altered the cultures and societies in which specific ‘norms’ exist, we seek to consider how constructions of normality or abnormality over time have played a role in shaping history—that (Ab)Normality has historical agency.