Northeast Modern Language Association 50th Anniversary Convention @ Gaylord National Resort Center
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

NeMLA is turning 50! Please come and help us celebrate our Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National in Washington DC, March 21–24, 2019.

The theme of our 2019 convention is “Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples.” It aims to challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity and to recognize the complex processes of trans-culturation that have characterized modernity.

As the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, plays an important role in shaping both national and global history. It is vital that NeMLA bring its convention to this seat of power in order to address the ongoing challenges we face in producing a world that values diversity, honesty, scholarship, and justice.

NeMLA is a vital and congenial organization whose membership includes both established and emerging scholars, and whose mission comprises mentoring and promoting the next generation of scholars.

Special thanks to the generous support of Georgetown University!

Historic Preservation Community Day @ All Souls Church
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Morning lectures include architectural history of DC, history of the preservation movement, city regulations for historic districts and historic landmarks with information on the homeowner grant program.

Afternoon technical discussions include how to research your house history and historic window rehabilitation, maintenance and replacement.

Afternoon preservation stations will feature vendor consultations and local and neighborhood preservation organizations. Sample stations include: restoring historic windows, repointing, roof repair, and more!

ASL and Spanish Language Interpretation Provided!

Registration is not required but recommended. 

Public Scholars Project: Immigrant State: Jersey’s Influential Gate @ Long Branch Public Library
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

New Jersey has a big story about immigration, packed into a small state. Many may not immediately think of New Jersey, but it is a gateway state that holds an important part of America’s immigration history. Immigrant histories in Jersey have been and continue to be distinct by region and in comparison to the rest of the country. Considering and learning more about what this means can lead to more informed communities. Through the examination of film clips, texts, and media coverage, participants will have a candid discussion about issues that are being examined and debated, nationally and in local communities, by many today.

This program is available in Spanish.

Young American Muslims: Faith, Country, and Community @ Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Muslims have been a part of Pennsylvania’s cultural fabric for hundreds of years. How have their experiences evolved in the state’s ever-changing landscape? In an evening of art and dialogue, young American Muslims from diverse backgrounds will explore a meaningful path toward a more united community.

Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference 2018 “Revolutionary Nonviolence in Violent Times” @ Arcadia University
Sep 27 @ 7:00 am – Sep 30 @ 10:00 pm

The 2018 conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association will be hosted by the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at Arcadia University in Glenside/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference will run from September 28-30 2018, with full day pre-conference events and a keynote September 27.

Both today and fifty years ago, violence and nonviolence were used as tactics as well as strategies. One might argue progress towards peace evades us. It isn’t particularly clear how to bring about sustainable change and progress. Are our notions and definitions of what constitutes violence and nonviolence oversimplified? What exactly has changed, if anything? What does revolutionary nonviolence, pacifism, and militancy look like then compared to now? How do we understand these terms and definitions today? How is revolutionary nonviolence expressed, practiced or utilized in this current political environment? What lessons and ideas still resonate? From the passive to the coercive, and from the Gandhian to the guerrilla, what are effective means of struggle today, and how are they different from the past?

Webinar Viewing: Truth or Consequences: AASLH Conference @ Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities
Sep 27 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a two-day webinar viewing event. We will be streaming the American Association for State & Local History Conference, “Truth or Consequences.” This event is free and open to the public. 


Thursday, September 27:
11am: Getting Sexy at Historic Sites
12:30: Advocating for Collections
3pm: Museums as Community

Friday, September 28:
11am: Creating a Culture of Evaluation
12:30: Discovering the Truth and Unconscious Bias
4pm: Addressing Visitors’ Misconceptions

MARCH is located on Rutgers-Camden campus, just two blocks from the City Hall stop of the PATCO High Speed Line and the Cooper Street stop of the NJTransit RiverLine. Limited metered street parking is available.

Preservation Issues Round Table @ Landis Theater
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Preservation New Jersey and the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission for a discussion of topics impacting the historic preservation field and the historic resources of Southern New Jersey.

Hot topics include:

  • Matthew R. Litt, Esq., Pasternock Apell, PC
    Camden City and Gentrification: Development at the Cost of Community Identity?
    : Despite being identified as “among the most architecturally distinguished early twentieth century school buildings in the state” by the State Historic Preservation Office, the Camden High School is currently being demolished to make room for a $133 million high school construction project.  The influx of interest and new development within Camden is spotlighting the challenges of rapid development being unresponsive to the interests and identity of local communities.  Camden epitomizes this challenge, with a deficiency of historic sites representing the African-American and historically immigrant communities of the city.
  • Janet L. Sheridan. Principal, Down Jersey Heritage Research, LLC
    Patterned Brick Architecture: The Need for Documentation of South Jersey Resources
    : Patterned brick houses are made with various patterns in the brickwork accentuated by the vitrified color contrast resulting from the brickmaking process.  A largely colonial period of design, South Jersey contains the highest concentration of such architecture in the United States. With over 350 individual pattern brick structures identified to date, a surprising number of these examples are no longer extant and many more are currently threatened.
  • Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA, Watson & Henry Associates,  Preservation Architects & Engineers
    Rising Tides and Climate Change: An Existing and Future Threat to South Jersey’s Historic Resources
    : With sea levels expected to rise 3 to 5 feet by the end of the century and with ever more damaging and intense storms and rainfall, many historic resources which have survived hurricanes, floods and more over centuries are now experiencing threats they may not be able to survive.  Flooding basements and mechanical systems, saltwater intrusion, and tides rising above historical high-points require new standards for resiliency of historic resources which raise fundamental questions of a buildings historical integrity.  This challenge is particularly prescient to New Jersey, as sea level rise is happening faster for the state due to the added attribute of land subsidence (sinking).
BMore Historic Unconference @ Baltimore Museum of Industry
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Bmore Historic is a participant-led unconference for scholars, students, professionals and volunteers who care about public history, historic preservation and cultural heritage in the Baltimore region. Bmore Historic is an opportunity to connect with local historians, humanities scholars, preservation advocates, museum professionals, archivists, and anyone interested in exploring the vital intersections between people, places and the past in Baltimore and Maryland. We’re bringing people together and you set the agenda.

Historians, preservationists, museum professionals, archivists and librarians and anyone who is excited about historic places are welcome. This event is not limited just to scholars or professionals. Students, volunteer preservation activists, Main Street board members, museum docents, educators and others are all encouraged to register and attend.

Exhibit Opening: The Spanish Lady in the City of Brotherly Love: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 @ Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHRC) 6740 Roosevelt Blvd
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Description: To mark the 100 year anniversary of the Spanish Flu, CHRC is hosting an opening reception for its new exhibit “The Spanish Lady in the City of Brotherly Love: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919.” The exhibit examines the effect of the flu on the city and the work by the nuns and seminarians to help combat it. The event will included a behind the scenes tour of the CHRC’s new location and a reception, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

CHRC has a large free parking lot for all visitors located off of Calvert Street.

William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture @ Library Company of Philadelphia
Oct 5 @ 8:15 am – 5:00 pm

William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture explores the visual, cultural, and social themes elicited from the work of Philadelphia artist William Birch (1755-1834) in celebration of the anniversary of VCP.  The symposium in collaboration with William Birch, Ingenious Artist: His Life, His Philadelphia Views, and His Legacy aims to promote broad discussions on the continual resonance in American visual culture of the work of this premier enamel miniaturist, aspiring gentleman, and artist of the first American viewbooks.

What can be learned from works conceived and executed by a non-native artist parallel to constantly (and infinitely) evolving fields and definitions of art, and means of art production, distribution, innovation, and appreciation?