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Grad Student Conference a Success

Keynote speaker Dr. Tikia K. Hamilton with UIC students and faculty
The UIC Department of History's newly revived Graduate Student History Conference took place on Saturday, March 9, featuring conferees from all over the country on a delightfully wide range of topics.  Katy Evans, the conference lead organizer, said the event was generative and fun: "our presenters made our first conference back a resounding success."
Victoria Basulto of the University of Notre Dame won the Award for Best Paper with a paper, "A Youth in Crisis: Right-Wing Youth Movements in the Wake of Tlatelolco and Corpus Christi Massacres (1968-1971)."  The judges, consisting of a trio of UIC faculty, declared the essay an outstanding piece of scholarship, wishing her the best as she continues her research.
Alongside the set of traditional paper panels, the conference also featured several Professional Development Panels, highlighting discussion on how to get a job, how to think about careers beyond academia, and how to get your dissertation published as a book.  The evening ended with a keynote address by Loyola University Chicago's Dr. Tikia K. Hamilton, who delivered a talk based on her forthcoming book, Making a Model System: The Battle for Education in the Nation's Capital before Brown.
The Planning Committee looks forward to the continuing success of the conference and another excellent turnout in 2025!