2018 Milwaukee Conference

[photo of Milwaukee Art Museum]

The World History Association’s 2018 conference will be a joint meeting with the Midwest World History Association in Milwaukee, 21–23 June 2018, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Marquette University, and other partners.

Check this space for updates as the conference date draws closer.

Program & Schedule

The draft program (PDF) for the 2018 conference in Milwaukee is now on line (updated 18 May 2018). This draft program will be updated every week or so until the program is finalized. The 27th Annual WHA Conference officially commences on Thursday, June 21 at 16:00 hours at Marquette University, Marquette Hall, 1217 W. Wisconsin Avenue for our Keynote Speaker followed by the Opening Reception.

Important Dates

  • 20 December 2017: Deadline to submit individual paper and panel proposals
  • 31 January 2018: All early submitters will be notified regarding the acceptance status of their proposals
  • 1 March 2018: Last day to register at the early registration rate
  • 15 April 2018: All scheduled participants must be registered for the conference or have their names withdrawn from the program
  • 15 May 2018: Preliminary schedule will be published online and last day to register at the regular registration rate
  • 21 June 2018: Conference begins


[photo of Gregory Cushman]

Gregory T. Cushman, associate professor of international environmental history at the University of Kansas, will deliver the 2018 keynote address. Prof. Cushman earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas and has been a member of the faculty at KU since 2003; he has also taught at Southwestern University in Texas and Pannonia University in Hungary. His most recent book, Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Cambridge, 2013) has received multiple awards, including the AHA’s 2014 Jerry Bentley Prize.


The easiest way to register for the 2018 WHA Annual Conference in Milwaukee is to use the on-line form.

A printable form (PDF) is available for those who wish to register by post or fax.

The conference registration rates are:

(through 1 March)
(2 March–15 May)
(16 May & after)
Nonmember $350 $440 $470
WHA member $195 $325 $355
WHA student member $125 $170 $190
Guest pass $75 $90 $100


The 2018 WHA conference will be held at the UWM School of Continuing Education building at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave in downtown Milwaukee. Thanks to this facility’s size and amenities, we will be able to hold all conference sessions, vendor displays, and breaks under one roof this year.


Discounted parking at the conference venue (a $6 daily rate) is available to conference attendees. Validation instructions will be available at conference registration.

Tours and Outings

A variety of organized tours and other outings will be available to conference participants. The following tours are confirmed, and tickets are available for purchase; further outings will be posted here as they are confirmed.

  • Docent-led tour of the Crossroads of Civilization exhibition at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Thursday 21 June, 11:00–12:00, $17 per person
    Crossroads of Civilization explores how the ancient civilizations of Africa, Europe, and Asia came together to form an epicenter of complex cultures, creating not just a physical crossroads, but an intellectual one as well. Ticket price includes free admission to the museum all day Thursday.
  • Pabst Mansion tour, Thursday 21 June at 13:30, $8 per person
    Featuring 37 rooms, 12 baths, and 14 fireplaces, sea captain and beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst’s beautiful home was built in the early 1890s in the Flemish Renaissance style on Milwaukee’s historic Grand Avenue and contains elegant furnishings and interior decorations from around the world.
  • Behind-the-scenes visit to the Anthropology lab at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Thursday 21 June, 13:00–14:00, $25 per person
    Run by Dawn Scher Thomae, the Curator of Anthropology at the Milwaukee Public Museum, this engaging, up-close and personal program will focus on material culture and how museums handle and interpret objects. The collection in the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Anthropology department consists of over 400,000 archaeological items from around the world and ethnographic material from the indigenous Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. Ticket price includes free admission to the museum all day Thursday.
  • Downtown Milwaukee walking tour (through Historic Milwaukee), Thursday 21 June at 19:00, $10 per person
    The tour offers highlights of Milwaukee’s history and architecture downtown. Attendees will learn about Milwaukee’s early founders while viewing iconic buildings including the Mackie Building, Gimbles, the new Northwestern Mutual, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and many more along Wisconsin Avenue.
  • Turner Hall tour, Friday 22 June at 16:00, free (but tickets must be reserved)
    Join UW–Milwaukee history professor Aims McGuinness in historic Turner Hall for an exploration of Milwaukee’s rich history of radical politics from 1848 to 1960. With a focus on the history of socialism in the city, we will read Turner Hall’s architecture, paintings, and stained-glass windows for evidence of Milwaukee’s changing place in the history of revolution. Topics will include the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Civil War, and the struggle for an eight-hour work day. Constructed in 1882, it is the only building in Milwaukee that currently holds the three following honorary architectural and historical designations: a National Landmark, a listing on the National Registry of Historic Places, and a local Historical Landmark.
  • Macmillan Event at Brew City MKE, Friday 22 June, 18:00–20:00, free (but see below)
    Bedford/St. Martin’s (an imprint of Macmillan Learning) is hosting a happy hour on Friday evening, with drinks and bar snacks (BBQ sliders, veggie potstickers, etc.). Admission is free, but space is limited, so “tickets” (WHA/Macmillan Learning commemorative coasters) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can reserve your coaster on line ahead of time and pick it up from the Bedford/St. Martin’s table at the conference on Friday.
  • City Sunset Skyline Cruise, Friday 22 June at 20:00, $19 per person
    Enjoy the summer solstice in Milwaukee on a boat cruise on the river at sunset, and view the city’s skyline. Departs from the dock at 205 W. Highland Ave.
  • Tour of the North American Indian hall with the Curator of Anthropology at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Saturday 23 June, 16:00–17:00, $17 per person
    This material culture focused tour of the North American Indian hall will highlight A Tribute to Survival, the introductory area for the exhibition hall as well as the Woodlands, Southwest, and Northwest coast culture areas. Beyond the fascinating artifacts on display, learn how the museum uses the exhibits to support and enhance learning for grade school through university students. Tour led by Dawn Scher Thomae, MPM Curator of Anthropology. Ticket price includes free admission to the museum all day Saturday.
    Please note that the time of this tour has changed; it was originally scheduled for 15:30 but was moved back to allow conference attendees time to get to the museum after the early afternoon session.
  • Brew City MKE, Saturday 23 June, 19:00, $7 per person
    Guided tour of the new museum that celebrates Milwaukee’s history and persona as the beer capital of America, Brew City MKE. The price includes a beverage at its tavern, which features a rotating mix of hometown brews, plus the local gourmet craft soda, Sprecher. This will also serve as the beginning of a tour of brew pubs and breweries, led by local guides in the know.


InterContinental Milwaukee

Our host hotel in Milwaukee is the InterContinental Milwaukee, located at 139 E. Kilbourn Ave in downtown Milwaukee. Centrally located, the hotel is 0.4 mile (650 m) from the conference venue, a 0.6 mile (900 m) from the Milwaukee Public Market, and one block from the Milwaukee Riverwalk. In addition to the fine dining restaurants in the hotel, they also offer an experience restaurant concept called Table 75. All of the ingredients at Table 75 are sourced within 75 miles (120 km).

A special conference rate of $149 per night ($99 per night for students) is available:

Marquette University

As a hotel alternative, we are offering lodging at Marquette University’s Straz Tower at 915 W. Wisconsin Ave. This building sits on the eastern edge of the Marquette University campus and is 0.6 mile (900 m) from the conference venu. These single rooms are spacious and air-conditioned with private bathrooms. Furnishings include extra-long twin beds, dressers, desks, and chairs. Bed and bath linens, an alarm clock/radio, and complimentary Wi-Fi are also provided. The building boasts 24-hour front desk services, common areas on each floor, coin-operated laundry, and vending machines. Room rates are $56 per night. To book, contact Carrie Enea at <carrie.enea@marquette.edu> or by telephone at +1.414.288.7887.

Exhibitor Information

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available, including (inter alia) receptions, focus groups, and publishers’ tables. For more information, see the 2018 exhibitor form (PDF).