Academic Symposiums

pa_0.jpgBecause of our vibrant academic and community network, we are able to bring people together (e.g. scholars, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students, local historians, etc.) to present research, art, music, and exhibitions around specific subject areas. We endeavor to host symposiums every two years.

Symposium 2018: The History & Future of Public Health in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Beyond
On April 7, 2018, the Lawrence History Center will host a symposium focusing on Public Health in Lawrence and Similar Communities to mark the centennial anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. This symposium is designed for exploration and dialogue, thinking broadly about public health issues through the perspectives of the humanities. The day-long effort will look back at one of the most significant health crises in the history of the United States and open the door to considering contemporary health crises in the country and most particularly in greater Lawrence. Childhood obesity, asthma, diabetes, homelessness, poverty, the opioid crisis, etc. all require civic responses. Taking a careful look at what was done in 1918 and 1919 with respect to the influenza, as well as other important advancements made in sanitation, water filtration, disease control in Lawrence in the early 20th century, allows us to think about how we handle the health crises we face today.

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Previous Symposiums

In May 2016, we held a symposium on "Reclaiming Urban Renewal: Community Efforts and Impacts in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Other Industrial Cities."

In April 2014, we held a symposium on post Second World War immigration into Lawrence and similar communities.

In April 2012, we held an academic symposium that focused on the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike:


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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.