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April 10, 2019 Central Penn Hosts EASA's Annual Conference

Members of the Eastern American Studies Association (EASA) and the Society of Americanist recently gathered at Central Penn College for their annual academic conference. The conference theme––building upon the college’s location near the Susquehanna River––was “Currents of American Culture and its Study.”

This year more than 90 participants attended the event representing colleges throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including Rutgers, Ramapo College, Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson College, LaSalle University, Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Mont Alto, Eastern Mennonite College, West Virginia University, Brandeis University, Bronx Community College and others.

Dr. John Kasson (pictured with Dr. Brant Ellsworth) delivered a plenary address titled, “The Democracy of Ice Cream,” in which he traced the evolution of ice cream from its elitist American origins through the present. Along the way, he described how the process of manufacturing, producing and distributing ice cream frequently intersected with race and gender and raised questions which warrant further research, analysis and discussion. Kasson is a professor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Central Penn College was well-represented at the conference. Drs. Melissa Wehler and Matthew Vickless and Profs. Tom Davis, Jared Rife and Aaron Rovan all presented their research. Ellsworth, president of EASA, organized the event.