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GVSU to host 2012 Great Lakes History Conference October 12 – 13

September 24, 2012

The Women’s and Gender Historians of the Midwest (WGHOM) and Grand Valley State University’s History Department will host the Great Lakes History Conference, which began in 1975.

The focus for much of the conference this year is on women and women’s struggles. The description of the conference theme and information on both Friday and Saturday night’s keynote speakers is as follows:

“Born in Revolution”: History, Gender and the Power of Conflict

Where else can you see previews of a new documentary about the 97-year old Detroit-based activist/philosopher Grace Lee Boggs by its award-winning filmmaker and a keynote on the history of healthcare reform in the US by its leading historian all in one weekend? Join us for this year’s Great Lakes History Conference, October 12th and 13th, Eberhard Center, Pew Campus, Grand Valley State University.

Friday, October 12th, 7:30 p.m.. Eberhard Center, 2nd Floor, Pew Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Director Grace Lee will present highlights from American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.” The biographical work-in-process film explores the life and work of centenarian Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit activist and feminist.


Saturday, October 13th, 12:30-1:45, Eberhard Center, 2nd Floor, Pew Campus

Dr. Beatrix Hoffman (Northern Illinois University) will speak about her forthcoming book, Health Care for Some, that investigates the history of health care in the United States in a talk entitled Health Care for All! Women, Activism, and the Human Right to Health“.

If you would like to attend this keynote and/or panels, please contact Gretchen Galbraith at so that we may put you on our special guest list. For details on all the panel discussions go to this link.

2012 Great Lakes History Conference

October 12 – 13

GVSU – downtown campus – Eberhard Center

For details

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