Lynne Curry served as chair and commentator for two panels at a conference on the history of constitutional rights sponsored by San Francisco State University, September 18-19. The panels featured recent scholarship exploring new perspectives on the history of bodily autonomy rights, including compulsory vaccination laws, constitutional protections for parents who choose faith healing over traditional medicine, and litigation strategies using the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Historical Administration students and faculty traveled to Indianapolis the first week of classes for the annual fall study trip and to attend the American Association for State and Local History annual conference. The behind the scenes tours at Conner Prairie and the Indiana State Museum provided insight into the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of museum work. The students volunteered at the conference (thus receiving waivers on registration), met loads of HA alums, and attended a wide variety of sessions.