Rowan to host conference for research by top history students

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Top undergraduate and graduate history students from a dozen colleges throughout New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, and metropolitan New York will come together at Rowan University on Saturda

Top undergraduate and graduate history students from a dozen colleges throughout New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, and metropolitan New York will come together at Rowan University on Saturday, April 1, to present their research at the 2006 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.

Student panels will include discussions on research topics ranging from New Jersey-based abolitionist William Still's work with the Underground Railroad to the impact of Woodstock on American culture to the aftermath of the Vietnam War's My Lai massacre.

Spelman College historian and Vietnam veteran James Gillam, author of the new book Life and Death in the Central Highlands, will give the lunch keynote address. Gillian's talk, which begins at 11:30 a.m. in Enyon Ballroom of Rowan's Student Center, will focus on his book.

The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University's Education Hall.

In addition to Rowan students, panels will include presentations by students from the following colleges and universities: Maryland, King's, Immaculata, Susquehanna, Ursinus, Ramapo, Fordham, Centenary, Millersville, Lehigh, and Farleigh Dickinson.

The national honor society in history, Phi Alpha Theta has over 800 chapters in 50 states. Rowan's Psi Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was founded in 1977.

The panel presentations are free and open to the public. There is a $15 registration fee for those who wish to attend the presentations and luncheon.

For more information on the conference, visit the Psi Iota web site at http://www.rowan.edu/history/PATWebpage.htm and click on upcoming events.

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