Mt. Vernon Historic Trades Summer Internships (deadline 2/26)

Summer Internship Application Deadline – February 26, 2016
Each year, Mount Vernon’s Historic Trades accepts a select number of applicants for summer internships. With focus on the Pioneer Farm and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, these internships provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th-century history, agriculture, and industry.

After completing a brief training program, interns will work as full-time Historic Trades Interpreters for a period of 10 weeks under the direction of our professional interpretive staff. Interns live on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate during the internship. In addition, interns participate in special field trips to other historic sites and museums in the region.

For more information see this link.

Senior Thesis Info Session Today, 1/11, 5 pm

14963598520_59399548a3_zHappy New Year and welcome back for the Spring 2016 semester!

Dr. Bruce O’Brien will be hosting an Information Session for Senior Thesis (HIST and AMST 485) enrollees at 5:00 pm today.

Location: Monroe 346.

Please plan on attending if you are engaged in your senior thesis this spring semester.

 Image: “All female band performing at New Year’s celebration – Fort Lauderale.” State University and Archives of Florida. #pr21340. Link:


History & American Studies Department Symposium – Friday, 12/4

Our History and American Studies Symposium is this Friday, December 4. Students will be presenting their senior theses on a variety of topics. All are welcome to attend! The full schedule follows below:

University of Mary Washington
Department of History and American Studies Symposium – Friday, December 4
Monroe 210 and 11
9 am – 3 pm


SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210 – Military History
Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Benjamin Allen – “The Greatest Battle Never Told: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 1918”

David Hommer – “How the Wehrmacht Command Structure and Organization Ensured German Victory in the Battle of France, 1940”

Katie Mayo – “‘Keep mum… she’s not so dumb!’: Gender Roles and Female Allied Intelligence Agents in World War II”


SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 111 – Local and Global Histories
Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Brexton O’Donnell – “The Safavid Transformation: Religion and Power in Fifteenth-Century Persia”

David Wright – “Slavery’s Evolution: Sudanese Slavery, Nineteenth-Century to Today”

Allison O’Connor – “The Role of Irish Immigration on American Urban Politics and the Evolution of the Democratic Party”


SESSION THREE. 10 AM. Monroe 210 – East Asian Cinema and Visual Culture as History
Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore

Mia Serpas – “The Politics of Entertainment: Portrayals of Inter-Korean Conflict in South Korean Film, 1955-Present”

Alli Leibowitz – “On the Ground vs. On Display: Women’s Experience during the Cultural Revolution”

Jasmine Garner – “In the Name of the Moon, I Will Punish You: Girl Power, Gender, and Sexuality in Sailor Moon


SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 111 – Selected Papers in US History
Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska

Mareta Bailey – “Catholic Conversion and its Effects on the Iroquois and Huron Marital, Familial and Sexual Practices”

Zach White – “The Short-Lived Popularity of the Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania Quakers”

Kimberly Humphries – “‘Sounds like a Spy Story’: The Espionage Thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock in Twentieth-Century English and American Society, from The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) to Topaz (1969)”


SESSION FIVE. 11 AM. Monroe 210 – Topics in U.S. History
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey McClurken

Nate Levine – “Law and Risk in Nineteenth-Century America: The Farwell Case”

Zoe Page – “Women of the Civil War: Female Soldiers and Spies”

Phillip Buterbaugh – “Uplifting Hampton, Virginia:  Harris and Janie Porter Barrett’s Contributions to Saving the Race during the Nadir of African American History (1865-1915)”


SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 111 – European History: Crusades, Class, and Gender
Moderator: Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt

Patrick Ammirati – “Piety or Booty: The Reason for the Early Crusades”

Abigail Fleming – “Living through the Black Death: How Access to Resources Affected Class Survival”

Imani Tinter – “Intelligent Women? Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Italian Humanists on Women’s Intellectual Capacity”


Noon – Lunch Break


SESSION SEVEN. 1 PM. Monroe 210 – 20th Century Topics in U.S. History and American Studies
Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Rachael Piazza – “Wireless Communication System Failure on Board the Titanic”

Grace May – “‘If all these revelations make Me lose my simple faith in dinner!’: Public Reaction to The Jungle


SESSION EIGHT. 1 PM. Monroe 111. – Selected Papers in U.S. and Soviet History
Moderator: Dr. Steven Harris

Tyler Houston – “Birth of the American Penitentiary System” (Mackintosh)

Michael DeVito – “The Evolution of American Nuclear Weapons Strategy from 1945-1963” (Blakemore)

Brooke Tyrrell – “The Long Journey Back: Gulag Prisoners’ Reintegration into Soviet Society” (Harris)


SESSION NINE. 2 PM. Monroe 210 – Mid-Century U.S. History & American Studies: Cold War, Counter-Culture, and Food Deserts

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Brandon Altamirano – “Guatemala in 1954”

Alexander Privitt – “Ellis, D and LSD: Dock Ellis, the Counterculture Movement, and Major League Baseball In the 1970s”

Sharon Curd – “Food Deserts and Urban Farming in 21st Century American Cities”


HISA Resume workshop (11/9)

Resume workshop

Join the Department of History and American Studies and Office of Academic and Career Services for a

 Resume Workshop

Monday, November 9 at 3 p.m.

Monroe Hall 210

We’ll have chips, cookies and soda to snack on.

Questions? Contact Jason Sellers,

Talk Thursday (11/4): Dr. Donald DeBats

F691BC2C-0AB1-47C4-8B69-1D542351489D“The (Almost) Secret History of the (Sometimes) Secret Ballot” – a talk by Dr. Donald DeBats,

Head of the Department of American Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

— Thursday, Nov. 5th at 7 pm, Lee 412

— For more information, visit Dr. DeBats website:

“Voting Viva Voce: Unlocking the Social Logic of Past Politics” –

All are welcome!


Upcoming Career Services events

Academic and Career Services is sponsoring a number of events this fall, including Resume and Cover Letter Workshops October 14 and 15, plus drop-in Resumania the following week.

Students can see the full calendar on the Academic and Career Services website

Videography internship with the National History Center

The National History Center of the American Historical Association seeks a videographer to film a weekly seminar on Monday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the academic year. Location is near the Federal Triangle Metro. Videographer must have own equipment. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Amanda Moniz at Compensation: $20/hour. For more information, email or call 202-450-3209.