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History Department Workshop

Making History: Graduate Alumni Symposium

The "Making History" Graduate Alumni Symposium will be held on January 19, 2024, from 10 am to 3:30 pm in the Office of China Initiatives (basement floor of Fine Arts Library). This full-day event will feature a fantastic roster of alumni speakers from the History Department graduate program, a mentoring coffee hour, and many opportunities for networking, conversation, food, and drink. 

In case the University closes due to winter weather, the event will be held on Zoom starting with Panel One at 11 am. A link will be distributed to registered participants. Questions can be addressed to


10:00 am – 10:15 am: Welcome and Introductions, Emily Mokros, Kathy Newfont, and Anastasia Curwood

10:15 am – 11:00 am: Making History Together: Mentoring Coffee Hour

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Panel One: Making History on Campus, moderated by Ashley Sorrell

Le Datta Grimes, Oral Historian, Clemson University
Joanna Lile, Lecturer, Georgetown College
Jillean McCommons, Assistant Professor, University of Richmond Anthony Miller, Assistant Professor, Hanover College

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch and Networking

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Panel Two: Making History Beyond Campus, moderated by Allen Fletcher

Jonathan Coleman, Executive Director, Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation Amanda Higgins, Executive Director, LexHistory
Stephanie M. Lang, Editor, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society Amber Sergent, Social Studies Teacher, Woodford County High School

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Making History Going Forward: Closing Discussion, moderated by Garrett Freas and Arshiya Jeelani

3:30 pm: Closing comments, Hilary Jones


Office of China Initaitives (Lower Level of Little Fine Arts Library)
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