Propose a Session

Are you planning on coming to the upcoming unconference? You will soon be able to propose a session topic. You can also give people feedback on their session proposals to help shape your ideas before the big day.

What kinds of topics do we discuss in sessions? Everything from the Fine Line Between Access and Exploitation to How to Help Others Seek, Support and Share Their Own Story to the Depiction of LGBTQ Characters in YA Novels. The best unconference topics are open-ended, have a question or issue at their heart, and invite multiple perspectives. You can see last year’s unconference schedule here.

What to include when you propose a topic:

  • Your name
  • Your Twitter user name (if you have one)
  • A brief session description, including the specific topic(s) or issue(s) you’d like to discuss.



One Comment

  1. April 3, 2018

    Last October, Dana Canedy and Darcy Eveleigh, published a significant and revealing book on historic race relations in America, “Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives.” They searched through thousands of photographs in the New York Times photo morgue and uncovered unpublished photographs of significant black personalities and events. They raised the question, “Why weren’t these photographs published?”

    May 10, 1869 marked the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Point, Utah. It was constructed by two railroad companies: the Union Pacific working westward from Omaha, Nebraska and the Central Pacific Railroad working east from Sacramento, California. Critiques said the Central Pacific would never be able to surmount the 15,000 ft. Sierra Nevada mountains. With a labor force of 10,000 Chinese and 1,000 whites, the Central Pacific achieved the impossible.

    Published photographs of the Golden Spike completion ceremony do not show any Chinese, only whites. In the method of Dana Canedy and Darcy Eveleigh, I have uncovered unpublished photographs of the Chinese present at the Golden Spike event. Excluding the Chinese from the published photographs excluded them from America’s historic memory. Exclusion of Chinese from America became official with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It and subsequent acts against the Chinese were not repealed until 1965.

    May 10, 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. I wish to present the untold story of the Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Workers to finally give them a place in American history and to dispel myths about them that have persisted for 149 years.

    I am a PhD student in History at St. John’s University (NYC). Prior to matriculating at St. John’s last fall, I was an independent scholar conducting research since 1985 on Chinese Americans during the Chinese Exclusion Era (1849 – 1965). This is the subject area of my dissertation. My 65 oral histories have been digitized and archived by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

    the late Dr. Clement Price and I served together on the New Jersey Governor’s Commission for the Preservation and Use of Ellis Island. He was my mentor until his untimely death.

    Richard A. Cheu



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