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Wofford student attends National History Conference

Monday, June 07, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College student Allison Cook, a senior government and history major from Appling, Ga., attended The Historical Society’s fourth national meeting June 3-7 near Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Cook is a dean’s list student and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha social sorority. She studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, in the spring of 2004. Cook plans to attend graduate school in the field of history.

The conference, whose theme was “Reflections on the Current State of Historical Inquiry,” was designed to be a “conversation about what makes history a discipline.” This area of the conference will focus on the “challenges created by the nature of available sources, and by the issues that arise when one borrows theoretical approaches from other disciplines.”

The meeting also hoped “to cast a critical eye on traditional chapters in (various grand narratives of history’s European origins).” It included multiple historical sessions, a lecture on Christopher Lasch, and a concert titled “An Ear Can Break the Human Heart.” The concert presented musical and theatrical renditions of poems by Frost, Dickinson, and Millay.

For more information, visit http://www.bu.edu/historic/