Willimantic, CT — Miles Wilkerson, a senior history and social sciences major from Mansfield Center, was chosen to present at the New England Historical Association’s (NEHA) fall conference in Rindge, NH on Oct. 18. His presentation, titled “Nunca Olvide: Reframing Historical Discourse on Cuban Exile Terrorism,” focuses on Cuba’s right-wing exiles and the effects that their terrorism and extremist acts had in shaping Cuban government.
NEHA was founded in 1965 in order to promote professional discourse and bolster education and scholarship in the field of history. The name implies that the association prioritizes New England, however, they encourage scholars from all regions and walks of life to submit proposals on any subject, period or geographical area.
Wilkerson recently presented his research at the Phi Alpha Theta New York Upper Regional Conference and saw it as an opportunity to hone his craft. As an undergraduate student, presenting at NEHA’s fall conference should be viewed as an outstanding achievement. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend the NEHA conference alongside graduate students and professors,” he said. “As one of two undergraduates presenting a paper at this conference, I am proud to be representing Eastern at a professional history meeting once again.”
He acknowledged Dr. Joan Meznar, who is a history professor and Wilkerson’s staff mentor, as someone who deserves recognition for making his achievement possible, as well as the Eastern History Club for offering transportation to the event.