Memory and History in Twentieth Century America

The 2015 Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) Winter Symposium focused on the issue of “Memory and History in the Twentieth-Century United States”.

Saturday 21st February 2015

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Howard (King’s College London)

A series of recent historical anniversaries – of the Civil War, World War I, the March on Washington, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, to name only four – have drawn renewed attention to the significance of remembrance in American history. At the same time, and on both sides of the Atlantic, controversial debates have taken place about school and college history curricula, and their relationship to the shaping of national identity. In response to these issues, the 2015 HOTCUS Winter Symposium will focus on the issue of “Memory and History in the Twentieth-Century United States”.


HOTCUS Winter Symposium: Memory and History in the Twentieth-Century United States

Saturday 21 February 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University

9:00am-9:30am: Registration and Coffee

9:30am-10:40am: Plenary (Chair: Jonathan Bell, Institute of the Americas, University College London)

  • John Howard (King’s College London), “Cultural Amnesia, Environmental Racism, and Hollywood's Men of Honor

10:45am-11:35am: Panel 1: Nationalism, Americanism and the Cold War (Chair: TBC)

  • Michael Cullinane (Northumbria University), “Cold War Revival: The Memory of Theodore Roosevelt in the 1950s”
  • John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco (Ramapo College), “Operation Pedro Pan and the Production of Cuban American Memory”

11:35am-11:45am: Comfort Break

11:45am-1:00pm: Panel 2: Commemorating Black Freedom (Chair: TBC)

  • Jenny Woodley (Nottingham Trent University), “Black Identity and Memory in the Age of Jim Crow”
  • Oliver Ayers (New College of the Humanities), “Conflicts Between History and Memory in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement”
  • Mark Joseph Walmsley (University of Leeds), “Remembering the Bad Times: Why We Should Remember Failure Rather than Celebrate Success”

1:00pm-1:50pm: Lunch

1:50pm-2:40pm: Panel 3: Disney’s American History (Chair: Cara Rodway, British Library)

  • Kimberly N. Kutz (Virginia Tech), “Disney’s Civil Rights Movement: Walt Disney’s Abraham Lincoln Robot at the 1964 World’s Fair”
  • Mark Walker (University of Essex), “‘To replace what we have with plastic, contrived history... is almost sacrilege’: The Case of Disney’s America and Virginian History, 1993-1994”

2:40pm-2:50pm: Comfort Break

2:50pm-3:40pm: Panel 4: Re-Remembering Vietnam (Chair: TBC)

  • Nicole Cassie (University of Glasgow), “‘It has been a long, dark night, but I’m finally reaching home’: The Impact of Lynda Van Devanter’s Autobiography Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam
  • Burton W. Peretti (Northern Virginia Community College), “Forgetting the Tonkin Gulf: Selective Historical Amnesia on the 50th Anniversary”

3:40pm-4:10pm: Coffee Break

4:10pm-5:00pm: Panel 5: AIDS and the Arts (Chair: TBC)

  • Fiona Anderson (University of Edinburgh), “Let’s Just Kiss + Say goodbye: Art, AIDS, and Retroviral Memory”
  • Daniel Udy (King’s College London), “‘AIDS Is Not History’: ACT(ing) UP at the New York Public Library”

5:00pm-5:10pm: Comfort Break

5:10pm-6:10pm: Concluding Roundtable (Chair: Nick Witham, Canterbury Christ Church University)

6:10pm: Close


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