25th Annual Advanced Placement American History Conference

Your choice of one day during the week of March 23–27, 2015
9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Cold War America

From the end of World War II in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States and the Soviets engaged in a Cold War. Although there was never a major military conflict between the two sides, this global rivalry led to proxy wars and an arms race that brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. As American political and military leaders tried to contain the spread of communism abroad, those efforts influenced the political, cultural, and social landscape at home. During the Cold War, Americans experienced domestic anticommunism, the rise of the national security state, and Cold War anxieties that were reflected in everything from air-raid drills and the building of bomb shelters to atomic-themed consumer products and playthings. The Strong’s 25th Annual Advanced Placement American History Conference explores these topics and others, challenging students to think critically and engage in in-depth discussions. Insightful seminars offered by local college and university professors illuminate the political, social, and cultural history of the United States during the Cold War.

Seminars

(Participants select two seminars to attend on selected day of week.)

Warrior or Wimp: Presidential Campaigns in the Cold War Era, 1948–1988
Timothy Kneeland, PhD, Nazareth College
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

From The Green Berets to Rambo: Representations and Legacies of Vietnam
Christina Jarvis, PhD, State University of New York at Fredonia
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Cold War Culture and the Media
John Daly, PhD, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Tuesday or Thursday

American Firepower and Foreign Policy
During the Cold War
James Spiller, PhD, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Monday or Wednesday

Cold War Civil Rights
LaKisha Simmons, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday

The Black Panther Party: This Is What We Want!
Jason Young, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Monday or Wednesday

Cold War Comic Books and American Culture
Jeremy Saucier, PhD, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong
Friday

Schedule
Arrival and Registration: 8:30–8:55 a.m.
Seminar I: 9–10:10 a.m
Seminar II: 10:25–11:25 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Panel Symposium: 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Registration​
Call 585-263-2700 before February 13, 2015 to register. Cost is $12.50 per person. Lunches may be pre-ordered when registering.​