Teaching About Culture and Society in a New Atmosphere @ Towsend University Northeast Campus
Jun 1 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

The polarization of social and political discourse, ongoing debates about the “truth,” a devaluation of expertise, and increased levels of anxiety among our students are just a few of the dynamics currently complicating our work in the classroom. The contentious quality of the moment makes it particularly difficult to address many of the topics that are at the heart of our disciplines including culture, identity, diversity, globalization, immigration, religion, and government. How can we engage our students, bridge divisions, and create spaces that foster deep reflection and open-mindedness? What strategies can we use to encourage and empower our students, particularly those who feel threatened or marginalized? Our conference theme invites attendees to address the challenges and rewards of teaching about culture and society in the current environment. We hope to provide a forum for faculty and students to share insights about what is working in the classroom and the community.    

This conference is a partnership between Harford Community College, the Community College of Baltimore County, and the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.

15th National Communications Ethics Conference @ Duquesne University Power Center
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm

The 15th National Communication Ethics Conference will be held June 6-8, 2018 (Wednesday through Friday), at the Duquesne University Power Center in Pittsburgh, PA–sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Communication Ethics Institute.

The theme for this year’s conference centers on Communication Ethics in an Age of Dispute with keynote speakers addressing four content areas:

Kenneth Andersen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Content Area: Communication Ethics and Argument
Susan Petrilli, University of Bari
Content Area: Communication Ethics and Semiotics
Patrick Lee Plaisance, The Pennsylvania State University at University Park
Content Area: Communication Ethics and Communities of Practice
Andre E. Johnson, University of Memphis
Content Area: Communication Ethics and Crisis

As always, we welcome papers both consistent with and outside of the above communication ethics content themes.

Building a Place for History: NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference @ Passaic County College
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day

It’s going to be an exciting and packed two-day event in Paterson, home to Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

The NJ History and Historic Preservation conference is the annual state-wide educational and networking opportunity for history and historic preservation professionals and volunteers in the fields of architecture, planning, heritage site and museum management, public history, archaeology, municipal preservation commissions, county heritage offices, developers, students, and more.

Registration will be open March 1.

Beyond Mass Incarceration: How Best to Reform American Criminal Justice @ Eastern State Penitentiary
Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Violent crime rates today are within 1% of those in 1970. The percentage of Americans incarcerated for crime, however, has skyrocketed, with the United States now leading the world in both the percentage of our people and absolute numbers of people behind bars.

What are the best alternatives to incarceration? How can the United States reform its criminal justice system in ways beneficial to the full diversity of our people?

Eastern State Penitentiary partners with the World Affairs Council to present a panel discussion of distinguished thought-leaders in the field.

Byways to the Past: Cultural Resources Management Workshop @ Keystone Building
Jun 14 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

In partnership with PennDOT, Preservation Pennsylvania is sponsoring a one-day workshop on preservation, archaeology and transportation issues in Pennsylvania on June 14th, 2018, in Harrisburg. We’re envisioning this day-long gathering as an abbreviated version of the old Byways to the Past conferences that were held at IUP in the early and mid-2000’s. The program will feature sessions and speakers that highlight innovative technological approaches to heritage resource inventory, protection, preservation and mitigation in transportation.

This all-day workshop is an opportunity for CRM consultants and PennDOT staff to learn about new policies and procedures, innovative technologies, and best industry practices. The opening plenary session will focus on the future of transportation in Pennsylvania. The remainder of the day will offer a two-track program for archaeologists and architectural historians.

Fractured Paradigms: Rethinking the Study of American Jews @ National Museum of American Jewish History
Jun 17 – Jun 19 all-day

The 2018 Biennial Scholars’ Conference on American Jewish History offers an occasion to reflect on the state of our field. Which narratives, temporal frameworks, and spatial boundaries serve as its controlling paradigms? How and why have these paradigms experienced fracture, disruption, or revision? And, finally, which paradigms deserve to be abandoned? We seek nothing less than a critical rethinking of our field. We invite scholars to enter into debate as they engage in meaningful and respectful ways with the terms of the field of American Jewish Studies and the new paradigms that might guide it into its next several decades. In these efforts, we particularly seek contributions from scholars engaged in transnational research and those who study non-American Jewish communities, as well as scholars working in a variety of disciplines.

New Jersey Association of Museums Annual Meeting @ The Newark Museum
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Keynote Address:
Museums, Cultural Change and the #Metoo Movement
with Monica Zimmerman
Director of Museum Education
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

-Networking Luncheon & Business Meeting

-Professional Development:
Controversial Works of Art/Tours and Conversations
with Noaa Stoler
Assistant Director, K-12 Learning and Gallery Interpretation
Montclair Art Museum

-Tours of Current Exhibitions

Teaching Artist Symposium: Working in Alternative Spaces @ Caplan Auditorium, Terra Hall
Jun 23 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Teaching artists have brought their creative knowledge to K–12 classrooms, but there are many new opportunities for artists to engage communities that are outside of the traditional classroom. This symposium will introduce practitioners to experts in the fields of restorative practice, inclusion, creative aging, and even municipal government. Reconsider how your artistic practice can be transferred into these new learning settings. We will showcase practical tools and skills to support your development in these areas; through panel discussions and breakout sessions, we’ll explore the ways that you can expand your network and build your teaching toolkit.

The Symposium will feature a keynote address from Eric Booth and a day of programming at The University of the Arts. The event is made possible by The University of the Arts, Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation.

The Ladies of Trenton: Women’s Political and Public Activism in Revolutionary New Jersey @ Paulsdale, Alice Paul Institute
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The NJSAA and the Alice Paul Institute will welcome Catherine Hudak on Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 p.m., when she discusses “The Ladies of Trenton: Women’s Political and Public Activism in Revolutionary New Jersey.”

The Ladies of Trenton were a group of elite New Jersey women who refashioned gender roles for women and entered male-dominated spaces of politics and print culture by organizing a fundraising campaign to assist the Continental Army and a public tribute honoring newly-elected President George Washington.

Using the Ladies of Trenton as a case study, Ms. Hudak will discuss the extent and forms of women’s public and political activism in the early national period, and the pivotal roles women played in the formation of the vibrant political culture that emerged in late 18th-century America.

Catherine Hudak teaches at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, New Jersey. She holds a Master’s degree in history from William Paterson University.

New Directions in the Humanities International Conference @ Houston Hall
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day

The Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities features research addressing the following annual themes:


2018 Special Focus: Reconsidering Freedom