Senior Honors Thesis Symposium

We will be talking about law and land, conspiracies and bureaucracies, new archives and old wounds. The complete schedule is provided below - attendees are welcome to come for all or part of the symposium. It's a chance to celebrate our thesis writers, discuss their research, and think about questions small and large.


12:30-1:00 p.m.: Wartime Politics and Bureaucracy in Twentieth-Century America

Nick Brdicko, "Rationalizing Bureaucracy: Robert McNamara and Planning-Programming-Budgeting System (PPBS)"

Paul Gerstle, "The  1940s Unity Façade: Partisan Debate and Calls for Unity in the Wartime Elections"


1:00-1:30 p.m.: Law and Economy in the Medieval Manor and Contado

Thomas Humphrey, "Farm, Wood, and Valley in Late Medieval Italy"

Nicholas LaMore, "Manorial Law at the Margins: Theory and Practice in East Anglia Before the Plague"


1:30 p.m.-1:40p.m. Break


1:40-2:30 p.m.: Contested Memory: The Unrelenting Power of Collective Trauma

Malcolm Douglass, "Shot Dead in Dallas: The Sprouting of a Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Culture"

Kyle Klemme: "After the War: How 1920s German Intellectuals Defined a Decade of Despair"

Ayush Halder: "Film and False Memory:  Remembering the Partition of India"


2:30-3:00 p.m.: Laws in Flux

Julia Fish, "Shit Jurisdiction:  Land and Racialized Bodies in Seward's Outhouse"

Kyle Melles, "Emergency Powers and Detention Laws in Colonial and Independent Kenya"


Afterwards, please join us for the History Department "We're Making History!" Gala in the Women's Building Formal Lounge.