Each year the Barnes Club hosts the James A. Barnes Graduate Student History Conference in Philadelphia. The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world. The annual two-day conference takes place in March during the spring semester. It gives rising scholars the opportunity to present their projects, receive critical feedback, and network to establish and expand their academic communities. Select conference papers are awarded cash prizes in various geographical and scholarly categories. The conference welcomes submissions of papers relating to humanities research from both M.A. and Ph.D students.

The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University’s graduate student history organization, is pleased to announce the 24th Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference to be held on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Temple University’s Center City campus.

Don’t forget to share your pictures and thoughts from the conference on social media with #JABConference2019!


Registration for the full conference is $50 dollars, but attendees are also welcome to attend just Friday’s professional development event and/or Saturday’s keynote address for $25 each. If you plan to attend without presenting, click here.


Click here to view the Program for the 24th Annual James A. Barnes Conference 2019

This year’s keynote address will be presented by Dr. Marc Gallicchio, Associate History Professor at Villanova University and Co-Author of the 2018 Bancroft prize-winning bookImplacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945.

Marc Gallicchio, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova , PA, US

Dr. Gallicchio is an expert on World War II, U.S. foreign relations, East Asia, modern military history and modern U.S. history.


The Temple University Center City Campus (TUCC) is located in Center City, Philadelphia, at 1515 Market Street. It is located within close proximity to numerous bus lines as well as both major SEPTA subway lines. Directions to TUCC via public transportation are available here, or you can use this map to plan your trip.

The two closest pay-to-park garages are located at:

Laz Parking
1500 Market Street (Centre Square building)
(entrance on 16th Street near Ranstead Street)

1700 Market Street


The Barnes Conference is made possible by the following sponsors:

The Myer and Rosaline Center for American Jewish History at Temple University

The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

Society for Military History