Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Michigan Regional Conference Cultural Event

The Ferris chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society is hosting the Michigan Regional Conference on Saturday, March 17th from 9:00am to 4:30pm in the University Center. Students from Ferris, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, Hillsdale College, University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University will present their original research to their peers.

The conference features 40 student papers on a variety of history-related themes that include world history, U.S. History, Michigan history, race and gender, philosophy, religion, and genocide. One of the panels will feature student research based on the Shoah Archive, which was given to Ferris by an alumnus whose parents survived the Holocaust. During lunch, the keynote speaker, Henry Greenspan, will speak on “Secrets and Revelations from Forty Years of Listening to Holocaust Survivors.” Greenspan is a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright at the University of Michigan who has been interviewing, teaching, and writing about Holocaust survivors since the 1970s. Below is a brief overview of the conference agenda.

9:45am to 11:00am  First Panel Session

  • UC 209 – Asia in Perspective: From Confucius to the Vietnam War
  • UC 211 – Europe: From Cake to Coffee
  • UC 213 – Five Hundred Years of Luther
  • UC 217 – Intersections of Race and Gender in the 1960s and 1970s

11:15am to 12:30pm Second Panel Session 

  • UC 211 – Using the Shoah Archive in Research: Ferris Student Roundtable
  • UC 213 – Changing American Identities
  • UC 217 – Clashing Empires
  • UC 209 – Ways of Knowing God: From Early Christianity to the Creationists of Today

12:45pm to 2:00pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker

  • Founders’ Room – “Secrets and Revelations from Forty Years of Listening to Holocaust Survivors” by Dr. Henry Greenspan

2:15pm to 3:30pm Third Panel Session 

  • UC 209 – Military History: From Carthage to the Civil War
  • UC 211 – Latin America
  • UC 213 – History and Philosophy
  • UC 217 – Our Michigan Neighborhood

3:30pm to 4:00pm Paper Prize decisions by panel chairs

4:00pm to 4:30pm Closing Remarks and Award in Founders’ Room