Every year, the History Department hosts its annual History Forum, an event that attracts national and international scholars to address topics of current as well as historical and academic interest. The History Forum welcomes the general public to attend the public lectures and interact with the speakers and the Duquesne University community.
This year's History Forum brought Dr. Laura F. Edwards of Duke University:
Her lecture, titled, "Honey, I'm Going to See a Magistrate": Rethinking Women and Political Action in the 19th-Century South, refers to the hundreds of cases that directly involved women, white and black, in local courts in the slave South. The presentation focused on the relationship between women and governance and argued that women participated more actively in the slave South's public culture than we have realized.
When I asked this year's History Forum Director, Dr. Tsekani Browne, if he was ready for the evening's events, he responded with a smile:
This year's History Forum was held in the new Power Center's Ballroom. A crowd of almost 100 people showed up to listen to Edwards' presentation, all while enjoying a beautiful view of Downtown Pittsburgh:
Many students show up to the event each year, armed with pens and paper so that they can take notes. Even some of our faculty, already well-versed in historical topics, jot down key points, as seen here by department member Dr. Michael Cahall:
After Edwards' presentation, a question-and-answer session began. Students courageously raised their hands to ask questions, as did some of our very own faculty members, like Dr. Perry Blatz:
The question-and-answer session lasted approximately 40 minutes, with interesting conversations developing as a result.
Afterwards, a public reception was held in the adjoining Fides Shepperdson Suite:
On-campus catering by Aramark is always a hit, with delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, thirst-quenching beverages, delectable pastries, and savory hors d'ouerves.
The public reception is a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty members to interact in a non-classroom setting, often resulting in jokes and laughter. Dr. Joseph Rishel and Dr. Perry Blatz are well-known around the department for their friendly banter:
Graduate students talk and laugh with professors:
And graduate students Jenna Lusk (Historical Studies Program) and Renee Morgan (Public History Program), take a moment to smile for the camera:
The History Forum is always well-attended by graduate students. Here, a group gathers together for a photo opportunity:
Our guest speaker, Dr. Laura Edwards, engages in conversation while relaxing at the post-lecture reception:
At the end of the evening, 2010 History Forum Director, Dr. Tsekani Browne, poses for a picture with Distinguished University Professor, Dr. Steven B. Vardy, and his wife Agnes:
This year's History Forum was a success!
Be sure to join us in October for our next History Forum, directed by Dr. Joseph Coohill and featuring international scholar Richard Grayson of Goldsmiths, University of London. Details and updates will be posted on the History Forum website.