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2017 SSEC Annual Conference

Social Science Education Consortium Annual Conference Review
June 7 – 11, 2017
Salem, Massachusetts

Conference Theme:  W(h)ither Democracy
(Sub-Themes:  Has Democracy Withered?  Where is Democracy Going?)

            Charles S. White, Independent Scholar, Conference Planner/Coordinator
            Michael J. Berson, University of South Florida, President, SSEC
            James E. Davis, Executive Director, SSEC

We were housed at the Salem Waterfront Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts.  On our first evening of June 7, we were treated to an open bar with superb appetizers.  More importantly, our host and conference coordinator, Charles S. (Charlie) White, and his lovely wife, Deborah (Deb), greeted us and provided extensive information about our upcoming conference.

Minute Man

Our first stop on June 8 was Lexington and Concord, called the Birthplace of American Liberty. 

Lexinton GreenCharlie White, center in white shirt, introduced us to Lexington Green. 

A highlight of our Lexington and Concord visit was a tour of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord. 

Sleepy Hollow

Authors Ridge

Hawthorne Grave

We were able to organize our group for a photo on the Concord Bridge - no small task.  We still wonder who or what side fired the first shot of the Revolutionary War near this bridge – the shot heard around the world! 
2017 Conference Group
Can you recognize any of these folks?

On June 9, our second conference day, we toured Boston.  Our first stop was the City of Boston Department of Archaeology. 
City of Boston Archaeology

We were treated to an insightful description of the work of the archaeology department by Joseph Bagley, Boston City Archaeologist.  Mr. Bagley impressed on us that his office has many lifetimes of work backed up, even though he has several highly qualified volunteers. 
Joseph Bagley, Boston City Archaeologist

After a brief tour of downtown Boston, we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Edward Kennedy Institute and the John F. Kennedy Library.  The lunch was the second picnic coordinated by Deborah White, and we are grateful for her wonderful contribution. 

Charlie White introduced Walter Parker, keynoter
At the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Charlie White introduced Walter Parker, our keynoter from the University of Washington, whose paper was entitled Going for Depth in Civic Education.   

JFK Library
Following the keynote, we had the opportunity to tour the John F. Kennedy Library. 

JFK Library
The special treat at the JFK Library was viewing photos, narratives, and artifacts commemorating the 100th year of President Kennedy’s birth. 

Our third conference day, June 10, was devoted to member papers, the annual SSEC corporation meeting, and a wonderful dinner tour of the Salem Harbor. 
SSEC Corp. meeting

Of special interest were the papers presented by our four Nicholas and Suzanne Helburn Young Scholars.
Nicholas and Suzanne Helburn Young Scholars
Photo from left to right:  Jim Davis, SSEC Executive Director; Stephanie Schroeder, University of Florida; Mark Kissling, Pennsylvania State University; Jacob Bennett, University of Virginia; Jing Williams, University of South Dakota; and Michael Berson, SSEC President from the University of South Florida. 

Interestingly, one Young Scholar, Jing Williams, received some nice credit at her university, the University of South Dakota, for her Young Scholar award.  The following link will get you to the article about Jing.

Michael Berson, President, chaired the SSEC annual meeting
Michael Berson, President, chaired the SSEC annual meeting.  At that meeting the following long time SSEC scholars received Irving Morrissett awards for excellence in social science education:  Charlotte Anderson and Lee Anderson (in memory), and Charles S. White. 

The Salem Harbor Cruise was a fitting conclusion to a well-organized and informative 2017 SSEC annual  conference. 
Salem Harbor Cruise

Salem Harbor Cruise

All attendees marveled at the glorious sunset as we completed our cruise. 
Sunset over Salem Harbor

A listing of Conferees and their Institutions is shown below. 
Conferees & Institutions

Narrative:  Jim Davis
Photography:  Michael Berson, Fred Risinger, Charles White

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