Book Reception: Remember Little Rock – Dr. Erin Krutko Devlin (2/21)

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Reception with Refreshments

Wednesday, February 21

4:00 pm

Monroe 210

All are welcome!

Remember Little Rock explores public memories surrounding the iconic Arkansas school desegregation crisis of 1957 and shows how these memories were vigorously contested and sometimes deployed against the cause. Delving into a wide variety of sources, Erin Krutko Devlin reveals how many white moderates proclaimed Little Rock a victory for civil rights and educational equality even as segregation persisted. At the same time, African American activists, students, and their families asserted their own stories in the ongoing fight for racial justice.

February Events at The James Monroe Museum

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Internship Workshop – 2/14

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Give your future a little love!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a workshop on internships for History Majors

February 14

4pm / Monroe 233

For more information contact

 Dr. Poska aposka@umw.edu

 

Talking History – Woodie Walker and Jason Sellers, Monday (2/12)

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Welcome Back! 485 Meeting and More…

4100755141_861eb9de24_oWelcome back for the Spring 2018 Semester! We hope Winter Break was relaxing for all.

485 mandatory meeting: All 485 students should come to a meeting at 5 pm on Wednesday in Monroe 210 (note: location subject to change–keep an eye on your umw email). Information about the syllabus, standards for completion–and tips for success–and more will be discussed. You’ll also have an opportunity to share questions and meet fellow thesis writers. For current syllabi, see our 485 sites for History and American Studies.

Interested in past topics UMW students have presented? See our recent symposium schedules here and here.

Also, don’t miss the excellent Internship Diary post shared by Claire Goode (2017) this past December — Claire created an online exhibit of James Monroe’s 1818 tour of the Chesapeake Bay area in work for The Papers of James Monroe documentary editing project hosted right here at the University of Mary Washington.

Image: Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., 8/28/1963. Image from National Archives still picture records section, National Archives, College Park, MD. Via Flickr Commons – link.

Internship Diary: Claire Goode (2017)

This semester (Fall 2017), I interned with the The Papers of James Monroe, creating an online exhibit for James Monroe’s 1818 tour of the Chesapeake. Having taken the class “The World of James Monroe” offered by the UMW History Department a couple years ago, I had a fairly thorough grounding in the history surrounding Monroe’s presidency. During Monroe’s first term in office, beginning in 1817, he undertook a series of tours to scope out new sites for military fortifications and strengthen America’s system of defense in the wake of the War of 1812. These tours, originally designed for the sole purpose of assessing military potential, took on another role as citizens desired to meet the president, exhibit their patriotism, and celebrate the potential of their cities. With this in mind, I began researching the shortest of his tours, which lasted a little under three weeks, and encompassed the Chesapeake Bay area.

Claire at the Roman Forum

Claire at the Roman Forum

For this research, I used transcriptions of primary sources collected in the James Monroe Papers. From these documents, including letters, memoirs, diary entries, and newspaper articles, I had to recreate a spotty timeline of events. Having determined Monroe’s exact agenda as nearly as possible, I began searching for pictures that were relevant to the information I had gathered. I found this one of the more difficult processes. I spent almost a month tracking down images that could be in anyway related to the topics, people, or places I was discussing. While I often found this process very frustrating, I profited massively from the help and instruction of my supervisors. Some of the things I learned included the acceptability of substituting the image you want to find for the image you can get, especially when the former isn’t forthcoming, and the necessity of using digitized local archives. I was able to use my general knowledge of a subject or place, as well as my researching capabilities, to my advantage. While this process was the most foreign to me, it was also the most exciting, especially when I finally found the exact image I wanted.

When I had completed my search for images, I began crafting my tour. This was another aspect I found difficult. As a history major, I am used to using sources and facts to support and explain my projects or papers. But in creating an exhibit, I had to be very aware of what images I could use to craft an acceptable narrative. It was very difficult for me to adjust to this style where every statement doesn’t have to be justified and every subject researched doesn’t have to be included. When I finished crafting the text, pairing relevant images with significant points, I used TimelineJS to display the exhibit. While the system is difficult to adapt to specific needs, it fit my project well and I found it easy to figure out after an initial explanation. Overall, this process has been incredibly informative, allowing me to expand my knowledge of both digital history and museum studies. I’ve enjoyed learning a new set of skills, and adapting my capabilities to a new way of presenting history.

Fall 2017 Symposium – Friday, 12/8

Fall 2017 Symposium
Department of History and American Studies
Friday, December 8, 2017
9 am – 2 pm, Monroe 210 and 111

All are welcome!

 

SESSION ONE. 9:00 AM. Monroe 210 – Selected Papers: Culture, Gender, and a New Military History
Moderator: Susan Fernsebner

Elisha Sese-Khalid – “The War Theatre of Jazz and Jim Crow”

Emily James – “Girls in 2-D with Real Significance: Paper Dolls and Girlhood in the 1940s and 1950s”

Clenda Membreno – “Guerillas: How the Salvadoran Civil War Impacted the Lives of Women”

 

SESSION TWO. 9:00 AM. Monroe 111 – New Looks at the Second World War
Moderator: Steve Harris

Jacob Carter – “Steel Behemoths: Evolution of Tank Combat and Design, 1919-1943”

Buffy Schilling – “Churchill and Roosevelt: Common and Conflicting Interests that Helped Win World War II”

Joshua Hunt – “Chemistry and Collaboration: The Nuremberg Trial of the IG Farben Executives”

 

SESSION THREE. 10 AM. Monroe 111 – Race, Gender, and Education
Moderator: Krystyn Moon

Steven Albright – “The Role of the G.I. Bill in Changing Higher Education and Society in America”

Kierra Wormley – “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: Black Women, the Black Press and White Beauty Standards, 1960-1980”

Raven Sharrieff – “Shades of Femininity: Colorism in Adolescence in the 21st Century”

 

SESSION FOUR. 11 AM. Monroe 210 – Selected Papers: History and Media
Moderator: Bruce O’Brien

Nicole Spreeman – “The Representation of the Armenian Genocide in The New York Times in 1915”

Darron Lockett – “Perception: Understanding Thomas Edward Lawrence and His Effect on Historical Literature”

Samuel Goad – “Bandits, Billionaires, and Bombers: A Historical Analysis of Western Film Depictions of the Middle East”

 

SESSION FIVE. 11 AM. Monroe 111 – Creating and Destroying Group & National Identities in American History
Moderator: Erin Devlin

Kasey Mayer – “The Cherokee and Their Reactions to the Dawes Act of 1887”

Christopher Noebels – “The Boy Scouts of America and Wilderness”

 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break

 

SESSION SIX. 1 PM. Monroe 210 – Spouses, Asylums, and the Stage: Papers in US History and American Studies
Moderator: Will Mackintosh

Claire Gunnell Goode – “The Husbands of the Women’s Movement: James Mott, Theodore Weld, and Henry Stanton”

Anna Brooks – “The Women of the Western State Lunatic Asylum”

Lindsey McCuiston – “For America: The Story of Hamilton and its Message to the World”

 

SESSION SEVEN. 1 PM. Monroe 111 – Topics in Global History
Moderator: Nabil Al-Tikriti

Kyle Powers – “Napoleon: Revolutionary or Betrayer to a Nation?”

Curtis Smedley – “The Middle Path”

John Guidon – “The Sakartvelian Charade: An Investigation Into the Use of Media as Russian Soft Power and the Involvement of Organization Crime Syndicates in the Coup of Zviad Gamsakhurdia”

 

SESSION EIGHT. 2 PM. Monroe 210 – Rivers and Bays: Environmental History in the Chesapeake Watershed
Moderator: Allyson Poska

Woodie Walker – “Land of Transition: A Bioregional Discussion of the Fall Line of the Rappahannock River, From Pre-contact through the Early Colonial Era”

Neil Sargent – “The Battle of the Bay: Humankind versus the Chesapeake”