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Friday, October 13, 2023
Fayerweather, Beckham Hall, 2nd floor (55 Wyllys Avenue)

11:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.  Conference Check-In

11:30 a.m.—1 p.m.  Lunch

1:15 p.m. Welcome Remarks
Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Dean of Social Sciences/Professor of Religion
Jennifer Tucker, Founding Director, Center for the Study of Guns & Society/Professor of History at Wesleyan University

1:30—2:30 p.m.  Session 1: Museums and Firearms History
Moderator: Leah Glaser (Central Connecticut State University)
Kelly Fellner (Springfield Armory National Historic Site)
“Expanding the Audience Beyond the Museum”
Nathan Jones (Independent Curator, former Curator at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK)
“Re-introducing Firearms to Their Social Contexts”
David Kennedy (United States Marshals Museum, Fort Smith, AR)
“The United States Marshals Museum: When a ‘Gun Exhibit’ is Not About the Guns”
Francesca Liuni (Rhode Island School of Design), Steven Lubar (Brown University) and
Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University)
“Lessons From Teaching a Course on Exhibit Designs for the Coltsville National Historical Park”                                                                                                                                                                            

2:30—2:45 p.m.  Break and Student Poster Sessions

2:45—3:15 p.m. Session 2: Data Sources for Firearms History
Presenter: Maryam Gooyabadi (Assistant Professor of the Practice in Quantitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis Center, Wesleyan University)

3:15—3:30 p.m.  Break and Student Poster Sessions

3:30—4:30 p.m. Session 3: Use and Abuse of History in Second Amendment Litigation Moderator: Darrell A.H. Miller (Duke University School of Law)
Andrew Canter (U.S. District Court-Greater Jackson Mississippi Area)
Brian DeLay (University of California, Berkeley)
Brennan Rivas (Historian & Independent Scholar)       

4:30—5:30 p.m.  Session 4: How Journalism, the “First Draft of History,” Informs the Gun Debate
Moderator: Richard Galant (CNN)
Fairriona Magee (The Trace)
Mike McIntire (The New York Times)
Iain Overton (Action on Armed Violence)

5:45 p.m.  Dinner

7 p.m. Session 5: Film Screening: “Good Guy with a Gun” (2023), College of Film and Moving Image (Powell Theater), 301 Washington Terrace
Welcome and introduction by Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan University, and Randall MacLowry, The Film Posse/Wesleyan University
Audience discussion with filmmaker/director John Mossman and actor David Stobbe follows the film.

Saturday, October 14, 2023
Fayerweather, Beckham Hall, 2nd floor (55 Wyllys Avenue)

9 a.m.  Conference Check-In and Breakfast

9:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Session 6: Guns in Colonial and Antebellum U.S
Moderator: Kevin Sweeney (Amherst College)
Jonathan Obert (Amherst College)
“Bifurcation in the Nineteenth Century U.S. Small Arms Industry”
Antwain Hunter (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
“‘To Restore Their Guns to Them Again’: Firearms, Race, and Community in North Carolina, 1840-1861”
Lindsay Schakenbach Regele (Miami University)
“Guns and Westward Expansion”

10:45—11 a.m.  Break

11 a.m.—12 p.m. Session 7: Policy Implications of a Lethality Index
Moderator: Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University)
Stephen Hargarten (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Chris Lawrence (The Dupuy Institute)
Darrell A.H. Miller (Duke University School of Law)
Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University)

Noon—1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30—2:45 p.m. Session 8: God and Guns: Faith in Firearms History
Moderator: Joseph Slaughter (Associate Director, Center for the Study of Guns & Society/Assistant Professor of History, Wesleyan University)
Jessica Dawson (United States Military Academy at West Point)
“Anti-Government Patriotism in the American Rifleman 1980-2023″
Michael Grigoni (Wake Forest University)
“Christian-Protectors: Notes from the Field”
Jenny Legath (Princeton University)
“Pastoral Discourse Following the Uvalde School Shooting”

2:45 p.m.—3 p.m.  Break

3—4:15 p.m. Session 9: Guns in Later 19th Century U.S. History and Law
Moderator: Roberto Saba (Wesleyan University)
Brian DeLay (University of California, Berkeley)
“How and Why to Count Winchesters in 1868” 
Brennan Rivas (Historian & Independent Scholar)
“Going Armed: Nineteenth Century Views on Open-Carry”
Caroline Light (Harvard University) 
“Where Gun Rights and Fetal Rights Collide”     

4:15—4:45 p.m. Session 10: Roundtable on Current and Future Initiatives
Moderators: Jennifer Tucker and Joseph Slaughter (Wesleyan University)
Stephen Hargarten (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Matthew Miller (Northeastern University, Harvard Firearm Injury Prevention Research)
“Summary of Current Projects Including Effects of Extreme Risk Protection Orders on Recipients”
Renee Romano (Oberlin College)
“Firearms Impact Project: Activating Exhibits to Address Gun Violence”

4:45 p.m. Closing Reception

6 p.m. Departure

Questions? Contact Deidre Goodrich at or 860.685.2856.