Graduate Student Programs

College Hill (courtesy Rhode Island Commerce Corporation)
The Society of Architectural Historians is expanding its graduate student programming at the SAH 2019 Annual International Conference in an effort to better serve our student members. In addition to paper sessions, roundtables, tours, and other conference events, SAH will offer the following programs to provide graduate students with opportunities for professional development, job preparation skills, and career networking.
SAH is grateful to the Gill Family Foundation for its generous support of these programs. 

All programs are free, but registration is required to attend. Early Registration for the conference will open at 3 pm CST on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Graduate Student Book Group – NEW!
Wednesday, April 24, 4:00–6:00 pm 

Jonah Rowan, Columbia University, Moderator
Kathryn O’Rourke, Trinity University, Author

SAH’s new Book Group provides graduate students the opportunity to engage with SAH Publication Award winners about the subject of their book and the process of writing it. Our inaugural book group speaker will be Dr. Kathryn E. O’Rourke, Trinity University, who will discuss her book Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital, winner of the 2017 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Mentoring Café
 – NEW!
Thursday, April 25 & Friday, April 26, 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Jessica Varner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Facilitator

SAH is providing a dedicated space with coffee and tea for graduate students to meet one-on-one with a mentor or established professional. Contact the scholar you would like to meet with and arrange a face-to-face conversation in the Mentoring Café.

Graduate Student Roundtable: Publishing and Professional Development
Thursday, April 25, 1:30–2:30 pm

Jennifer Tate, University of Texas at Austin, Moderator
Keith Eggener, University of Oregon, JSAH Editor

Graduate students in architectural, urban, and landscape history face many hurdles in their career trajectory. Nearly all of them involve writing and self-presentation. This roundtable aims to provide a degree of guidance and context and to offer an opportunity to engage in a discussion focused on the transition from student to junior faculty member. The session will focus on the making of a good essay, from the perspective of JSAH, and on ways to create compelling grant narratives with input from recent winners of SAH’s H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship.

Connections: Graduate Student Coffee with Joan Ockman – NEW!
Thursday, April 25, 3:00–4:00 pm

Graduate students are invited to have coffee with the 2019 Eduard F. Sekler Talk speaker, Joan Ockman, to discuss her path through the field of architectural history. Students are encouraged to be familiar with Dr. Ockman’s scholarship prior to the meeting.

Graduate Student Lightning Talks
Friday, April 26, 11:00 am–1:10 pm

Graduate students will give five-minute talks and get real-time feedback on their research and presentation skills.

Graduate Student Reception
Friday, April 26, 5:15–6:15 p.m.

This invitation-only, ticketed event is an opportunity for graduate students to get together and network with their peers and meet members of the SAH Board of Directors.


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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