North Carolina Association of Historians bring cultural trends to the forefront

Kesha Williams
April 04, 2011


Historians and history buffs crowded the aisles of the Ridley Student Complex last week for the annual conference of the North Carolina Association of Historians. ECSU's Department of History and Political Science collaborated with the Museum of the Albemarle for presentations related to North Carolina history, British Imperial history, Civil War and Reconstruction-era history and urban history. Panelists included more than 35 historians from North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Washington.

Dr. Beccie Seaman, an ECSU history professor and the second vice president of the NCAH, said the conference was informative and drew a wide range of people.

"Our undergraduate student panel presentations were of the caliber of graduate students. The topics were well researched and the students were able to answer the questions  that came their way," Seaman said. 

"The poster presentations were also impressive. I was impressed with the level of technology the students from UNC Chapel Hill used. They did a presentation on historical geography. They actually created their maps. To create a digital map is quite an undertaking,"

The conference session topics included "The Politics of Neo-Colonialism in the 20th Century and Beyond,"  "Heroes, Adulterers and Scoundrels: Masculinity and Honor in World History,"   "Rethinking the Political and Cultural Currents of the "Black Atlantic," "African-American Lives in the New South."

Dr. James Martin from the Department of Government, History and Justice at Campbell University is secretary of the association. Martin declares North Carolina has a wealth of topics to interest history buffs of all ages. He was pleased to bring the membership that included members from regional public institutions, liberal arts institutions and public schools. He has been in the organization since the late 70s and has been encouraged by its growth.

"We are a diverse organization drawing people with many different interests in history. We were happy to bring the conference here this time because we try to vary our locations from the east, central and west," Martin said.

For more information on the conference or its topics contact Dr. James Martin, or Dr Beccie Seaman,