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.

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GHA Community Service

On Friday March 11, 14 UB History graduate students joined the Meals on Wheels team to deliver meals to folks all over North Buffalo.

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Photo Credit: Angelina Ding.

Every service project the GHA takes on is rewarding, and this one was no exception.

It’s such an important organization in WNY. We were all impressed by the MoW system, and the level of knowledge about each delivery that the leaders, John and Lillie, had. Though we 14 were mere interlopers in the delivery system – the other volunteers who came to the distribution site do these deliveries every week, or every day – it was wonderful to be able to give a little back to our Buffalo community.

If you’d like to volunteer for Meals on Wheels of WNY, visit the website.

Plesur volunteers

The 25th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference is just around the corner: April 1-2! The GHA officers are still looking for volunteers to help manage the panel rooms, work the welcome table, and help set up breakfast and lunch. Be sure to sign up in the Grad Lounge on the posted sign up sheet.

It’s a special year for the conference, the Silver Anniversary! Let’s make it an amazing one.