Conference: Fall 2017


The Fall 2017 Conference, “Uncomfortable Conversations: Religion and Politics in New England” was held on November 4, 2017, at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. The day ran approximately 900 until 3.

Please find the program below. A pdf is also available for download: F2017 Program pdf

900:  Breakfast and Registration, Rotunda

945:  Welcome

Jennifer Cote, President, ASCH

ASCH Awards

1000: Keynote. Tom Carty, Springfield College. 

1100-1230: Concurrent Sessions

All concurrent sessions are on the second floor. Stairs and elevator are available.


Politics, Justice, and Connecticut’s Catholic Church

Room AST – C201

Ronald Schatz `I Know My Way Around a Little Bit’: Bishop Joseph Donnelly and American

Labor, 1941-1977

Carl Antonucci + Kenneth DiMaggio The 1948 Letters to Italy Campaign –   International

Politics, Local Politics and the Catholic Church in Connecticut

Mark Jones Between Roman Catholic Condemnation of Sterilizations and U. S. Supreme

Court’s Approval: “Frederic C. Walcott and the Connecticut Eugenics Survey, 1936-1938

(It is recommended that session attendees examine the following before the conference:

“Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement” by the Dola DNA Center at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island. )


Challenges to Religious Orthodoxy in Colonial and 19th-Century Connecticut

Room AST – C202

Beth Caruso Uncovering the Identity of Alice ‘Alse’ Young and the Politics Behind the First

Colonial Witch Hanging

June-Ann Greeley To Speak Difficult Truth to Power in 19th c. New England: The ‘Settled

Conviction’ of Quaker Elizabeth Buffum Chace

Marie Basile McDaniel  Puritan Predators

1230-130: Lunch—Rotunda


130-3: Concurrent Sessions

Protecting the Vulnerable in 18th, 19th, and 20th-Century Connecticut

Room AST – C201

Britney Murphy The Fall of Mount Trashmore and the Rise of Community Activism:

Environmental Justice and the Politics of Inclusion, Bridgeport, Connecticut (1991-Present)

Mary Lycan Orphans, Bastards, the Deranged, the Sick, the Old, and a “Squaw”: Values and

Budgets in Thompson’s Poor Records, 1786 – 1810

Winifred R. Maloney “More love for the souls of these dear children:” The Connecticut

Soldiers’ Orphans Home Through Reconstruction


Church and State in Early Connecticut

Room AST – C202

Michael Besso  Thomas Hooker and Connecticut’s Early Political Development

Robert Imholt  Standing Disorder: The Evolution of Church-State Relations in Connecticut,


Steve McGrath  King or Congress? The Dilemma of Fairfield County’s Loyalist Clergy

MCC closes at 345, so we are not able to have our usual closing cookie reception this year.