Draper Conference & Workshop Series

Organized by the Draper Chair in American History, a position currently held by Professor Manisha Sinha, the Draper Conference and Lecture Series features bi-annual scholarly events to encourage a dialogue between visiting scholars and graduate students on topics ranging from early colonial America to the mid-nineteenth century.

Established in 2007, the Draper Conference and workshops are funded by the generous donation of James Draper, ’41, to honor the memory of his wife, Shirley Draper, ’41.


Upcoming Conference:

“The Greater Reconstruction: American Democracy after the Civil War”
April 19-20, 2019

This two-day national conference made possible by the Draper Chair endowment brings together leading as well as exciting new scholars to explore the nature and the political, legal, social, and cultural legacies of emancipation. It employs the “Greater Reconstruction” framework to broaden our conventional chronological and spatial understanding of this period. Panels will address topics that range from the grassroots history of southern Reconstruction and racial terror and violence to western and Native American history and political economy.

President Susan Herbst of the University of Connecticut will inaugurate the conference. Professor Eric Foner, the preeminent historian of Reconstruction, shall deliver the keynote on Friday April 19 evening followed by a reception for all attendees. On Saturday April 20, the conference will conclude with a plenary panel with historians David Blight, Amy Dru Stanley, Steven Hahn, and James Oakes.

To register or for more information, please visit: s.uconn.edu/draperconference

Draper Conference Poster


Previous Workshops:

October 2018
Professor Manu Bhagavan (Hunter College and the City University of New York), Professor Samuel Moyn (Yale University), Professor Glenn Mitoma (University of Connecticut), and Professor Amy Dru Stanley (University of Chicago)
“The History of Human Rights”

April 2018
Professor Ariela Gross (University of Southern California), Professor Timothy Fisher (University of Connecticut), Professor R. Kent Newmyer (University of Connecticut), and Professor Martha S. Jones (The Johns Hopkins University)
“History and the Law”

November 2017
Professor David Blight (Yale University), Professor Nina Silber (Boston University), and Professor W. Fitzhugh Brundage (University of North Carolina)
“Recasting the Confederacy: Monuments and Civil War Memory”

October 2014
“American Lives and American Studies”