27th Annual Advanced Placement American History Conference

American Identities

Your choice of one day between Tuesday, March 28–Friday, March 31, 2017
9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Who or what are “Americans”? How has the definition of “American” been constructed and redefined over time? Since the late 19th century, historical changes, movements, and phenomena such as immigration, industrialization, mass culture, migration, regionalism, mass consumption, civil rights movements, and multiculturalism have reshaped national identity. The 27th annual Advanced Placement American History Conference explores the relationships between different social, ethnic, racial, and regional groups and American national identity. Insightful seminars offered by local college and university professors challenge students to think critically and engage in in-depth discussions about the history of the United States since the late 19th century.

American Identities Seminar Topics
(Participants select two of four seminars to attend.)

“Built by a Nation of Strangers”: Immigration and American Identity in the 20th Century
Timothy Kneeland, PhD, Nazareth College
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

The Old West, the Good War, and the Smithsonian: History and American Identity
Michael Brown, PhD, Rochester Institute of Technology
Tuesday or Thursday

From Suffrage to Same-Sex Marriage: Gender and Citizenship Since the Civil War
Tamar Carroll, PhD, Rochester Institute of Technology
Tuesday or Wednesday

Modern War: A Force for a Unified or Divided American Identity
James Spiller, PhD, The College at Brockport
Tuesday or Thursday

Black Lives Matter(ed): The Legal Battle for African American Personhood
Jason Young, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Wednesday or Friday

Joe Louis, G.I. Jane, and Citizen 13660: World War II and American Identities
Christina Jarvis, PhD, State University of New York at Fredonia
Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

The Confederate Flag and Southern Culture: From Rebel Flag to Contested American Icon
LaKisha Simmons, PhD, University of Michigan


Arrival & 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.





Call 585-263-2700 to register today. $12.50 per person. Seating is limited. Lunches may be pre-ordered when registering.