V.W. Starr History Across the Humanities Conference (HATH)

V.W. Starr History Across the Humanities Conference is a two-day event sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Beta chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the YSU History Program. It is organized and run by students at Youngstown State University. HATH was founded by Valerie Waksmunski-Starr, a master's student in History at YSU from 2013 to 2015. She served as the first chair of the conference before passing away from breast cancer on June 29, 2015. The conference was named in her memory. 

Students and faculty of all levels of study, disciplines, and academic institutions are welcomed to attend the conference. 

2023 Conference

Date: February 23-24-25, 2023

Location: virtually and at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor

Keynote Speaker: Meghan Wood, Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection (OHC) 

2022 Theme:

Memory, Identity, and Community

For questions, contact:


Dr. Amy Fluker

Advisor of Phi Alpha Theta

Youngstown State University