Recap: 25th Annual Plesur Graduate History Conference

The 25th annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference was a resounding success. Panels started on Friday and were followed by a faculty roundtable grappling with the issue of identity. The keynote was delivered by Dr. Jonathan Dewald, who has been a professor in the UB History Department since the very first year of the Plesur Conference. Conference attendees enjoyed a post-keynote reception at Pearl Street Brewery, located in beautiful downtown Buffalo.

Saturday’s panels were all particularly interesting, revealing the rich and fascinating work being done by graduate students at the University at Buffalo, as well as some compelling projects from scholars all over the US and Canada. Dr. Bridget Chesterton of Buffalo State delivered the plenary address, “The Kimablitos Serenaded: The Plan Kimball, Cold War, and Medicine in Paraguay, 1956-64,” which connected the University at Buffalo to tensions in South American at the height of the Cold War.