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Thursday, March 12, 2020

The selection process for the 2020 Gayarre Conference is under way.

Results will be posted to this website on Friday, February 14. 


8th Annual Gayarre Conference


Turning Points in History


Paper Proposal Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020


The Gayarre History Club of C.E. Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana,

a chartered member of the National History Club,

is pleased to announce and invite submissions

for the 8th annual Gayarre Conference for secondary students.


Papers should be based on primary and secondary sources and provide innovative perspectives on the theme. If selected, the author will be given the opportunity to present his/her paper at the Conference.


Proposals should consist of abstract of the proposed paper of no more than 200 words.

Include a biography of the author of no more than 100 words written in the third person.


Submit proposals at www.gayarre.org/proposals


Possible approaches to the theme (Others encouraged):


A watershed event is a turning point in history. All approaches should engage in clear historical argumentation and defend a position. Students may examine the underlying causes of watershed events or the immediate and lasting effects of watershed events. The focus should be on the event and its historical significance. Students may select well-known major turning points and examine them from unique perspectives. Students may also research relatively unknown minor events and argue their historical significance. Comparing watersheds may be an interesting approach to analyze similarities. Events to be examined may be from any location or time period.


Some questions to consider:

  • What causes a watershed event to occur in any given moment?

  • Are there minor watershed events that occur within major ones? Can many minor events add up to a major watershed?

  • Are people aware of watershed events as they occur, or do historians only recognize them in hindsight? Why?

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