College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Collisions & Encounters: Migrations in a Global Perspective, 15th C to pr

Date: October 11, 2013
Time: All Day
Location: Pew campus

CLAS 10th Anniversary Celebration is proud to announce:

“Collisions and Encounters: Migrations in a Global Perspective, 15th Century to the Present”

October 11-12, 2013

 Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan


The Thirty-Ninth Annual Great Lakes History Conference, held in conjunction with the Michigan Council for History Education, will focus on issues associated with internal and external migrations.  Our program addresses a broad range of topics associated with the research and pedagogy of migration that are of interest to far-reaching audiences

 Those audiences include immigration scholars, public historians, professors and teachers who all shape how we come to understand the significance of migrations.  The theme of “Collisions and Encounters” suggests an extensive range of actions and reactions to migrations.  Additionally we are interested in issues related to pedagogy and assessment, asking fundamental questions about the way we teach histories of migration, and will ask students to demonstrate their own understanding of these very nuanced and important histories.

Our keynotes:

Professor Donna Gabaccia will present the keynote address entitled “From Immigration History to Mobility Studies” at the conference luncheon on Saturday, October 12, at the L.V. Eberhard Center. 


Professor Melanie Shell-Weiss will be the keynote speaker following the MCHE Awards on Friday evening, October 11, 7 p.m. in the Richard M. DeVos Center.  Her address is entitled “Neigborhood History as Activism: A Call To Action.”