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Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate History Conference

On April 19, 2008, Georgia State’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, hosted the annual Georgia Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate History Conference. Undergraduates from across the Southeast presented original historical research on a variety of topics, from the intersection between archaeology and history to the history of sport. The theme of the conference was History, Consciousness and Urbanism. Jared Poley gave the keynote speech, “Greed and the History of Emotions.” In addition to the 11 panels, which included 40 undergraduate papers, the conference included three workshops on the National Archives, getting a job with a history degree, and getting into graduate school. About 50 Georgia State undergraduate and graduate history students attended the conference. Pictured is Christina Chiknas (at right), Georgia State history major and recipient of the award for best cultural history paper, along with Professor Lauren Ristvet, conference organizer.