Historian and Teacher

Conferences and Talks

Academic Conferences and Public Talks

Conference Papers & Presentations

o   Panel organizer and presenter, “New Histories of Anti-racist Activism in Chicago,” Organization of American Historians, Sacramento, California (April 12-14, 2018).

o   Invited Panelist, “Beyond the Monograph: Rethinking the Significance of Alternative Resources in the Production of Black History,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio (September 29, 2017).

o  “The Ambiguities of Catholic Inter-racialism in 1950s Chicago,” Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (June 23, 2017).

o  “Surveillance in a Time of Misery: U.S. Radical History and the Archives of the Cold War's Long 20th Century,” How Class Works Conference, State University of New York – Stonybrook, New York (June 9-11, 2016).

o  “‘Outstanding Authorities on Negro history:’ Curriculum Reforms and Black History Activism in World War II Chicago,” The Stokes Seminar: A Graduate Student and Faculty Colloquium of the Dalhousie Department of History, Halifax, Nova Scotia (October 2, 2015).

o  “‘Under the Banner of ‘the History and Heritage’: Black Nationalism and The Afro-American History Association,” Social Science History Association, Toronto, Ontario (November 7, 2014).

o   Panel organizer and presenter, “African American (Inter)Nationalisms: Black Public History in Chicago, 1955–1963,” Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, Georgia (April 12, 2014).

o   “Contentious Cosmopolitans: Civil Rights, Black Public History, and Racial Knowledge Production in Cold War Chicago, 1942-1974,” American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico (November 16, 2012).

o  “I had gone in there thinking I was going to be a cultural worker”: The UPWA’s District 1 and the Production of Racial Knowledge in Cold War America,” Social Science History Association, Vancouver, British Columbia (November 2, 2012).

o  “Contentious Cosmopolitans: Black Public History in Chicago, 1955-1963,” Canadian Association for American Studies, Toronto, Ontario (October 25-28, 2012).

o  “Contentious Cosmopolitans: Black Public History in Cold War Chicago, 1942-1974,” Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellows Presentation, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (August 29, 2012).

o   Panel organizer and presenter, “Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History in the Black Power Era: The Washington Park Relocation,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago (January 5-9, 2012).

o  “Memory, Cultural Fronts, and Black Public History in Cold War Chicago,” Art & Power in Movement: An International Conference Rethinking the Black Power and Black Arts Movements, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts (November 18-20, 2010).

o  Panel organizer and presenter, “‘To know where you’re going, you have to know from whence you came’: Black Museum and Heritage Projects, and the Founding of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Cold War Chicago,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California (January 7-10, 2010).

o  “Mariátegui, Race, and the ‘National Questions’ of Peru and the United States: ‘Good Neighborly’ Moments During Communism’s Third Period,” Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia (June 6-8, 2008).

o  “‘We were influenced pretty much by the Panther Line:’ Black/Red Connections and Protest Politics at the Beginning of the Red Power Movement, 1968-1969,” Annual Graduate History Symposium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (February 8-9, 2008).

o   “Intergenerational Black Radicalism and the Popular Front Ideals of Freedomways Magazine,” Global 60s Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (June 13-16, 2007).

o  Conference organizer and presenter, “‘Filling the gap’: Building Popular Front Unity Through the Intergenerational Black Radicalism of Freedomways Magazine,” Thinking Through Action Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia (June 2005).

o  “‘That’s a hell of a dialectic, man’: Jack O’Dell’s working-class affinities and the influence of Left-wing radicals in the civil rights movement,” How Class Works Conference, State University of New York-Stony Brook, Stonybrook, New York (June 2004).

 

Invited Talks/Lectures

o   Panelist, Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellows Reunion at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, (October 6, 2018).

o   Panelist, “Politalk Roundtable Series: Trump’s One Year in Office,” Department of Political Science, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, B.C. (January 31, 2018).

o  Guest speaker, “"The Fallen: Considering the Traumas of World War II through Data and Statistics," Remembrance Day Tea and Program at Lifetime Learning Centre, Mission, B.C. (November 8, 2017).

o  Panelist, “Who Owns History?” – a public forum on monuments, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, B.C. (September 26, 2017).

o  Guest Speaker via Skype, “U.S. Politics in the 1960s,” University of Silesia at Katowice, Sosnowiec campus, Department of English and American Studies, Graduate Course in American and Canadian Constitutional History, Sosnowiec, Poland (May 29, 2017).

o   Invited Speaker, Conference on “Communists in the Civil Rights Movement,” Tamiment Library, New York University, New York, New York (April 29-30, 2016).

o  Co-presenter, “Why Black History Month Matters,” St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (February 23, 2016).

o  Guest Speaker, “Something you might not know about Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (November 10, 2015).

o  Guest Speaker, for film screening of American Revolutionary: American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs (2013), Antigonish International Film Festival, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (October 23, 2015).

o  Panelist, “What Have We Learned from Apartheid? Remembering Nelson Mandela,” Race and Antiracism Network (RAN) Spring Event, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, B.C. (March 20, 2014).

o  Guest Speaker, “Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — The Dream Speech and the Importance of ‘Gospel Therapy,’” St. James Anglican Church, Vancouver, B.C. (February 16, 2014).

o  Guest speaker, “Richard Wright and the Black Chicago Cultural Renaissance,” African American literature seminar, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, B.C. (February 25, 2013).

o  Guest speaker, Black Chicago history seminar, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois (August 30, 2012).