The Center supports CCHS graduate conferences convened by Breen Fellows, CCHS global graduate exchanges and symposia organized in collaboration with peer institutions abroad, as well as co-sponsored conferences at NU.

I. CCHS Graduate Conferences

The T.H. Breen Graduate Fellows of the Center organize one or two one-day conferences which bring together panels of graduate student papers with an eminent keynote speaker from outside NU and faculty commentators to discuss important topics in history. These workshops are free and open to the public.


  • Conference on "The Popular and/in History" convened by Breen Fellow Mariah HEPWORTH--Friday, APRIL 14, 2017: PROGRAM
  • Conference on"Punishments and Its Discontents" convened by Breen Fellow Matt JUNE--Friday, May 19: PROGRAM



Conference convened by Nathaniel MATHEWS on “The Power of the Past:Tradition, Myth and History”tradition myth history
Friday, April 1, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with keynote speaker Yael ZERUBAVEL (Rutgers University), author of Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition (University of Chicago, 1995). 


Conference convened by Alexandra LINDGREN-GIBSON on “Intimate Histories: Intersections between the Global and the Personal”
Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with keynote speaker Mary Lou ROBERTS (University of Wisconsin), author of D-Day through French Eyes: Memoirs of Normandy 1944, (Chicago, 2014), What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American G.I. in World War Two France, 1944-1946, (Chicago, 2013), Disruptive Acts: The New Woman in Fin de Siècle France, (Chicago, 2002), and Civilization without Sexes: Reconstructing Gender in Postwar France, 1917-1927 (Chicago, 1994).  


Past CCHS conferences range from "Environmental History" (2008), "The Promise and Perils of Biography" and "Emotions as History (2010) to "Insurgencies" and "Parks and Recreation: Histories of Leisure" (2015).

II. CCHS Global Exchanges (International Doctoral Workshops)

III Co-sponsored Conferences
CCHS supports conferences at Northwestern University on appropriate topics. Anyone interested in presenting a proposal should contact the director. The Center has co-sponsored numerous conferences, symposia and workshops, from a major international conference on "The Middle East in the 1950s: Historical Perspectives--Israel, the Arab World, and the Great Powers" (April 2010) to the interdisciplinary symposium "Imagining the Public in Colonial India: Print, Polemics and the People" (May 2014) and “Bridges of Memory” documentary film screenings and discussion of historical memory of resistance to colonialism among descendants of African and Native Americans (March 2015). In November 2015 we hosted a very well attended conference on "Denial and Memory: 100 years after the Armenian Genocide."   In 2017 the Center supported the Illinois Medieval Association meeting at NU and the Renaissance Society of America  convention in Chicago.