Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach

Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach

Henry Hudson, New Netherland, & Atlantic History

September 25-26, 2009

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The State University of New York at New Paltz, under the auspices of its Center for Regional Research, Education, and Outreach (CRREO) and the Department of History will host two-day international symposium on “The Worlds of Henry Hudson”.  This will be the premier intellectual event held in conjunction with the celebration of the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River.

Leading historians from the Netherlands, France, and Germany, as well as the United States will present papers on a series of topics related to Hudson and his times.  The cost of registering for this conference will be $20/day and $15 per luncheon session payable to CRREO. 

Teachers who wish to attend, with the exception of those in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange Counties, should register through the Center for Regional Research, Education, and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz. 

Teachers in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange Counties who wish to attend one or both days should register via MyLearningPlan.  Teachers in other counties should register through the Center for Regional Research, Education, and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz.  Professional development hours are available for approval.  The first fifty teachers who sign up and who have been participants in the Ulster BOCES Teaching American History Summer Institute for at least one week will have their registration fee paid by the TAH grant. Ulster BOCES will notify those registrants that their fee has been paid.  For further information, please contact Lou Roper of the Department of History at

Day I (Friday)

  1. 10.45 am - 12.15 pm First symposium: The European World of Henry Hudson
    (all symposia will be held in Lecture Center 100)
    • a. Jaap Jacobs (independent scholar, Dutch Republic)
    • b. L.H. Roper (SUNY—New Paltz, England)
    • c. Kees Zandvliet (Amsterdam Historical Museum, cartography)

    12.30 - 1.45 pm Luncheon w/Keynote Address: TBA
  2. 2. 2.00 - 3.30 pm Second symposium: American Indians, Henry Hudson, and the Interaction of Worlds
    • a. Paul Otto (George Fox University, Munsees/Algonquians)
    • b. Jon Parmenter (Cornell University, Iroquois)
    • c. Donald Johnson (independent scholar, Hudson)
  3. 3. 3.45-5.15 pm Teaching Workshop 1
    (Lecture Center 103, 107, and 109)
    Dennis J. Maika (Fox Lane High School) and presenters of first and second symposia

    Day II (Saturday)
  4. 4. 9.30-11.00 am Third symposium: The establishment of colonial worlds
    • a.  Leslie Choquette (Assumption College, New France)
    • b.  Firth Fabend (independent scholar, New Netherland)
    • c.  Lauric Henneton (Université de Versailles—St Quentin, New England)

    11.00-11.15 am Coffee break
  5. 5. 11.15 am-12.45 pm Fourth symposium: The formation of Atlantic networks
    • a. Willem Frijhoff (Free University of Amsterdam, religion)
    • b. Claudia Schnurmann (University of Hamburg, trade)
    • c.  Joyce Goodfriend (University of Denver, migration)
    1.00-2.15 pm Luncheon w/Keynote Address: Charles Gehring (New Netherland Project)
  6. 6. 2.30-4.00 pm Teaching Workshop 2
    (LC 103, 107, and 109)

Dennis J. Maika (Fox Lane High School) and presenters of third and fourth symposia

Project Goals:

Advancing a transatlantic historical perspective 

The emergence of the transatlantic perspective during the last two decades is a major development in the study of the history of Europe, Africa and the Americas during the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The scholars who would be invited to this conference are among the major figures in advancing this perspective. The conference program is designed to provide an opportunity for the further integration of their work, and its advancement through publication of the papers it generates and by providing a means for secondary and elementary school teachers to incorporate this scholarship into their own classrooms.

Advancing Knowledge of the Hudson Valley in the early seventeenth century

Informing and Enriching the Teaching of History within and beyond New York State

A second goal, equally important, is to further the integration of the African, American Indian, and European contexts (“the transatlantic perspective” or “Atlantic history”) into teaching and learning about exploration and “colonial America” in our schools. The conference structure provides for interaction in each session among leading scholars of early modern Africa and Europe and of American Indian societies and current and future elementary and secondary school teachers. 

Project Leadership:

L.H. Roper: The project is led by Dr. L.H. Roper, Professor of History at SUNY New Paltz and a scholar of international reputation in the field of Atlantic History.  Professor Roper is the author of The English Empire in America, 1602-1658: Beyond Jamestown (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009) and Conceiving Carolina: Proprietors, Planters, and Plots, 1662-1729 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and is the co-editor (with Bertrand Van Ruymbeke) of Constructing Early Modern Empires: Proprietary Ventures in the Atlantic World, 1500-1750 (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007).  He is also one of the general editors of The Journal of Early American History and the related book series, ‘The American Colonies, 1500-1830’, published by Brill Academic Publishers.

Dennis J. Maika: The lead in developing substantive materials for use in the schools will be taken by a specialist in social studies pedagogy, Dr. Dennis J. Maika.  Dr Maika is a professional historian and scholar of New Netherland, a teacher at Fox Lane High School (Bedford, N.Y.) in Westchester County and, with Professor Roper, a member of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University.

Conference Format and Program (subject to change):

The program will include panel discussions, teaching workshops, and two luncheon addresses over two days to be held on the campus of SUNY New Paltz., as set forth below.  At each session, two-to-three presenters will give talks on topics closely related to the character of the European exploration and colonization of the Hudson Valley, which arose from Hudson’s voyage, and the historical significance of the issues generated by these phenomena.

After each day’s symposia, Dr. Maika would lead a workshop in conjunction with the presenting scholars and registrants. These endeavors would discuss strategies for teaching the significance of Hudson’s explorations and for incorporating a transatlantic perspective into classrooms in elementary and secondary schools.

We have quite consciously chosen a largely geographic organizing focus for this conference.  Such a focus most effectively incorporates the work of the leading scholars on the areas which contributed to the exploration, settlement, and character of New Netherland.  Papers organized in this manner, we judge, would provide the best platforms for audience discussion and curriculum ideas.

Potential Audience

These sessions will be of interest to history professionals in the region, including elementary school, secondary school, AP World History, and AP United States History teachers (in-service ‘credit’ will be available through Ulster BOCES).  The program will also appeal to undergraduate and graduate students in history and social studies in the region, as well as others with an interest in history.


  1. edited volume (collected papers of conference through SUNY Press)
  2. teaching materials/guide connected with NYS curriculum, vetted and distributed through the New York State Education Department and at social studies association conferences. Materials may be print or web-based. Video and radio presentation material (see below) may be incorporated into the instructional package.