Conference: Fall 2016

“The Land of Steady Innovation: Connecticut and the New” was held at Southern Connecticut State University on November 5, 2016.

 Opening plenary                              9:00 to 9:30                                     EN B121 A-B

Welcome:        Nancy Steenburg, President, ASCH

 Troy Paddock ,History Department, Southern Connecticut State University

Presentation of Homer D. Babbidge, Jr., Betty M. Linsley, and Bruce Fraser Awards: Eugene Leach, Trinity College

 Break                                      9:30 to 9:45

Concurrent Session I 9:45 to 11:15

Panel 1: Innovations in Medicine and Mental Health                         EN B121 A-B

Chair: Mark Jones      Connecticut State Library retired

Lawrence Goodheart, University of Connecticut: “Insane Acquittees and Insane Convicts: The Rationalization of Policy in 19th-Century Connecticut”

Emily Leonard, Trinity College: “Beyond Bedlam: The Hartford Retreat: Connecticut’s Singular Contribution to Mental Health”

Allen Ramsey, Connecticut State Library: “Jean Kieffer: Inventor of the Kieffer Laminagraph X-Ray Machine to “See Around Bones”


Panel 2: Activism and Social/Cultural innovations                              EN C112

Chair: Stephen Amerman, Southern Connecticut State University

Rebecca A. R. Edwards, Rochester Institute of Technology: “Education as Innovation: The Case of the American School for the Deaf”

Steven S. Berizzi,      Norwalk Community College : “John Brown: From the Land of Steady Habits to the “Meteor” of the Civil War”

Evan Turiano, City University of New York: “‘Every Effort and Sacrifice:’ Reverend James W. C. Pennington and Community Improvement Activism in Hartford’s African American Community, 1840-1841”

Buffet Luncheon                      11:30 to 1:00                                                   EN B121 A-B

 Concurrent Session II 1:00 to 3:00

Panel 3: Innovation in the Arts                                                                              EN B121 A-B

Chair: Guocun Yang, Manchester Community College

Martha LoMonaco, Fairfield University: “Bridgeport: Theater Mecca U.S.A.”

George Lechner, University of Hartford: “War and Anti-War in the Art of Kerr Eby”

Stephen T. ShymanskyFairfield University: “The Federal Theater Project: Hartford, Connecticut and the ‘Living Newspaper’ Stars and Bars”

Panel 4: Innovation in technology and manufacturing                                     EN C112

Chair: Siobhan Carter-David, Southern Connecticut State University

Janet M. Conner, Avon Historical Society“Farmington Textile Milling Operations: the Transition from Domestic Manufacturers to Innovative Manufactories”

Robert Foley, Independent historian: “Gustave Whitehead: Connecticut’s Aviation Pioneer”

Kristen Keegan, Fairfield University: “Cleaning Up: The Progressive-Era Laundry Revolution in Connecticut”

Robert Klancko and Dan Wizneski, Housatonic Community College: “Three Years of Recognizing and Identifying Connecticut’s Innovation and Invention Leaders”

Closing Reception                  3:00 to 3:30                                                     EN C112