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grad student caucus: message from 2017 graduate student liaison

Greetings, ASEH Graduate Students,

2017 saw some changes in our caucus: after a number of years of slowly growing, the caucus’ work had expanded to the point of not being able to be done by just one person. I applaud both the Herculean task that Rachel Gross had to coordinate all the caucus’ various activities, as well as the aseh Executive Committee in recommending that the number of caucus’ leadership positions rise from one to three. Temporary presidential appointees Jessica DeWitt and Camden Burd have been instrumental in creating new programs and outreach and in continuing those that previous caucus liaisons and members had already set up.

Theirs is much to be done this summer to prepare for next year’s conference. I will be contacting Los Angeles-area graduate programs—not only History departments, but also American Studies, Chicano Studies, History of Science, and Geography departments—to encourage graduate students to submit proposals that will expand the content of the next conference. This month I’ll also be soliciting candidacies for the new positions of President-Elect and Media Officer. The two people elected will help coordinate not only the graduate panel at Riverside, but also the Writing Workshop, the Graduate Reception, the Caucus Meeting, and even more prosaic tasks like organizing ride-sharing from LAX, a Happy Hour, and group rooming options. Even if you’re not an officer, there are many ways you can be involved—drop me an email if you’re interested (znowak AT fas DOT harvard DOT edu).

The caucus also has several digital initiatives that members can participate in. The first is a monthly blog series between the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) and Edge Effects. This series, Seeds: New Research in Environmental History, is designed to specifically highlight the research of members of the ASEH grad caucus. Former liaison Rachel Gross and Media Coordinator Jessica DeWitt are now designing a second “Seeds” series. If you have any suggestions for how the grad caucus should use the Twitter account (@ASEHGradCaucus) or if you are interested in helping to run it, please contact Jessica (jessicamariedewitt AT gmail DOT com). Lastly, join the Facebook group for other updates about the caucus.

I look forward to meeting more of you at next year’s conference!

Zachary Nowak

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