Posted with permission of the New Netherland Institute.

--Moderator, NYHIST-L

The State University of New York at New Paltz, under the auspices of
Center for Regional Research, Education, and Outreach (CRREO) and the
Department of History will host two-day international symposium on
“The Worlds of Henry Hudson” on FRI.-SAT. SEPT. 25-26, 2009.

This will be the premier intellectual event held in conjunction with
the celebration of the
quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River. 
Leading historians from the Netherlands, France, and Germany, as well
the United States will present papers on a series of topics related to
Hudson and his times.  The cost of registering for this conference
be $20/day and $15 per luncheon session.

Conference Format and Program (subject to change): 

The program will include panel discussions, teaching workshops, and
luncheon addresses over two days to be held on the campus of SUNY New
Paltz., as set forth below.  At each session, two-to-three presenters
will give talks on topics closely related to the character of the
European exploration and colonization of the Hudson Valley, which
from Hudson’s voyage, and the historical significance of the issues
generated by these phenomena. 

After each day’s symposia, Dr. Maika would lead a workshop in
conjunction with the presenting scholars and registrants. These
endeavors would discuss strategies for teaching the significance of
Hudson’s explorations and for incorporating a transatlantic
perspective into classrooms in elementary and secondary schools.

We have quite consciously chosen a largely geographic organizing focus
for this conference.  Such a focus most effectively incorporates the
work of the leading scholars on the areas which contributed to the
exploration, settlement, and character of New Netherland.  Papers
organized in this manner, we judge, would provide the best platforms
audience discussion and curriculum ideas.

Day I (Friday, Sept. 25)

1. 10.45 am - 12.15 pm  First symposium: The European World of Henry
(all symposia will be held in Lecture Center 100)

a. Jaap Jacobs (independent scholar, Dutch Republic)
b. L.H. Roper (SUNY-New Paltz, England)
c. Kees Zandvliet (Amsterdam Historical Museum, cartography)

12.30 - 1.45 pm Luncheon w/Keynote Address: TBA

2.  2.00 - 3.30 pm Second symposium: American Indians, Henry Hudson,
and the Interaction of Worlds

a. Paul Otto (George Fox University, Munsees/Algonquians)
b. Jon Parmenter (Cornell University, Iroquois)
c. Donald Johnson (independent scholar, Hudson)

3.  3.45-5.15 pm Teaching Workshop 1
(Lecture Center 103, 107, and 109)

Dennis J. Maika (Fox Lane High School) and presenters of first and
second symposia
Day II (Saturday, Sept. 26)

4.  9.30-11.00 am  Third symposium: The establishment of
colonial worlds

a.  Leslie Choquette (Assumption College, New France)
b.  Firth Fabend (independent scholar, New Netherland)
c.  Lauric Henneton (Université de Versailles-St. Quentin, New

11.00-11.15 am Coffee break

5.  11.15 am-12.45 pm Fourth symposium: The formation of
Atlantic networks

a.   Willem Frijhoff (Free University of Amsterdam, religion)
b.   Claudia Schnurmann (University of Hamburg, trade)
c.    Joyce Goodfriend (University of Denver, migration)

1.00-2.15 pm Luncheon w/Keynote Address: Charles Gehring
(New Netherland Project)

6.  2.30-4.00 pm Teaching Workshop 2
(LC 103, 107, and 109)

Dennis J. Maika (Fox Lane High School) and presenters of third and
fourth symposia

Potential Audience

These sessions will be of interest to history professionals in the
region, including elementary school, secondary school, AP World
and AP United States History teachers (in-service ‘credit’ will be
available through Ulster BOCES).  The program will also appeal to
undergraduate and graduate students in history and social studies in
region, as well as others with an interest in history.


1.  edited volume (collected papers of conference through SUNY
2.  teaching materials/guide connected with NYS curriculum, vetted
and distributed through the New York State Education Department 
and at social studies association conferences.

Materials may be print or web-based. Video and radio presentation
(see below) may be incorporated into the instructional package.


Teachers who wish to attend, with the exception of those in Ulster,
and Orange Counties,should register through the Center for Regional
Education, and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz.  The cost of attending the
symposium will be
$20 per day payable directly to CRREO.

Teachers in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange Counties who wish to attend
one or both days should register via MyLearningPlan.  Teachers in
counties should register through the Center for Regional Research,
Education, and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz.  Professional development
hours are available for approval.

The first fifty teachers who sign up and who have been participants in
Ulster BOCES Teaching American History Summer Institute for at least
week will have their registration fee paid by the TAH grant. Ulster
will notify those registrants that their fee has been paid.  For
further information,
please contact Lou Roper of the Department of History at

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Project Goals:
Advancing a transatlantic historical perspective  

The emergence of the transatlantic perspective during the last two
decades is a major development in the study of the history of Europe,
Africa and the Americas during the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th
The scholars who would be invited to this conference are among the
figures in advancing this perspective. The conference program is
designed to provide an opportunity for the further integration of
work, and its advancement through publication of the papers it
and by providing a means for secondary and elementary school teachers
incorporate this scholarship into their own classrooms. 

Advancing Knowledge of the Hudson Valley in the early seventeenth

Informing and Enriching the Teaching of History within and beyond New
York State

A second goal, equally important, is to further the integration of the
African, American Indian, and European contexts (“the transatlantic
perspective” or “Atlantic history”) into teaching and learning
about exploration and “colonial America” in our schools. The
conference structure provides for interaction in each session among
leading scholars of early modern Africa and Europe and of American
Indian societies and current and future elementary and secondary

Project Leadership:

L.H. Roper: The project is led by Dr. L.H. Roper, Professor of History
at SUNY New Paltz and a scholar of international reputation in the
of Atlantic History.  Professor Roper is the author of The English
Empire in America, 1602-1658: Beyond Jamestown (London: Pickering and
Chatto, 2009) and Conceiving Carolina: Proprietors, Planters, and
1662-1729 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and is the co-editor
(with Bertrand Van Ruymbeke) of Constructing Early Modern Empires:
Proprietary Ventures in the Atlantic World, 1500-1750 (Leiden and
Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007).  He is also one of the
editors of The Journal of Early American History and the related book
series, ‘The American Colonies, 1500-1830’, published by Brill
Academic Publishers.

Dennis J. Maika: The lead in developing substantive materials for use
in the schools will be taken by a specialist in social studies
Dr. Dennis J. Maika.  Dr Maika is a professional historian and scholar
of New Netherland, a teacher at Fox Lane High School (Bedford, N.Y.)
Westchester County and, with Professor Roper, a member of the
International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard

Marilyn E. Douglas, NNI/NNP Coordinator
New Netherland Institute
Cultural Ed Center, Room 10D45
310 Madison Avenue
Albany NY 12230-0001
Phone 518.408.1212 (w) 
           Tues, Wed
            518.489.0418 (h)
Fax      518.473.0472
Mobile: 518.495.5993
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