Summer Internship at Mount Vernon



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Lecture: Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily (Wed, Jan. 28)

Ambassador-Faily-Photo-300x199This Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 pm in Monroe 346, UMW will host a lecture by Ambassador Lukman Faily, the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States. The ambassador’s lecture, entitled “Challenges of Iraqi Foreign Policy, Status and Prospective,” will outline the new Iraqi government’s approach to foreign policy. Ambassador Faily will focus on Iraq-U.S. relations and regional cooperation to confront the threat of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). He also will offer an assessment of current developments in the Middle East and Iraq’s recent initiatives to foster security and stability with its neighbors.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Ambassador Faily during a brief reception immediately following the program. The event is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Faily has held the position of Iraq’s ambassador to the United States since July 2013, and previously served as Iraq’s ambassador to Japan for three years. Prior to joining the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Faily spent 20 years working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies while living in the United Kingdom. Ambassador Faily was an active leader within the large Iraqi exile community in the U.K., and served as a trustee for several non-governmental Iraqi organizations. He also played an active role in opposing Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, and advocated for democracy and the rule of law in Iraq.

This event will be sponsored by the departments of History and American Studies, Political Science and International Affairs, and Geography, the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please see the university press release here:

Talk: Prof. Edward Pompeian (Wed., 1/21, 4 pm)


Talking History with Professor Edward Pompeian


“Crying ‘Famine!’: Venezuela and Atlantic Trade in the Age of Revolution, 1797-1808”


Wednesday, January 21st, 4:00-5:00 PM, Monroe 210


Join the Department of History and American Studies as we continue our series of conversations about faculty research. Questions? Email

Internship: Collection Management (Deadline 1/23)

Collection Management Internship at the John J. Johnson Archives Center

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church

Spring 2015

The John J. Johnson Archives Center of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church consists of official documents, papers, photographs, recordings, books and artifacts. The church, founded in 1802, is located at 308 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg’s Historic District. The mission of the Center is to catalog and index this collection. The Center will make these items accessible to church members, scholars, educational institutions and the general public for study and research. The Center’s dedicated, climate controlled work area comprises a work room with a scanner, printers and computer equipment, as well as a storage closet with approximately 30 cardboard boxes of papers, photographs, artifacts, etc.

Intern Duties:

The intern will index the collection’s documents and objects using PastPerfect 5.0 software. PastPerfect is a leader in collection and contact management software. Several local museums use PastPerfect, including the Central Rapphannock Heritage Center, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and the James Monroe Museum (operated by the University of Mary Washington). Training CDs will be available for learning how to use the software. Opportunities exist for collaboration with other local museums familiar with PastPefect.

Learning Outcomes for the Intern:

  1. Understand the importance of preserving documents and objects and making them accessible to the public.
  1. Become familiar with PastPerfect software and learn how to attach images, keep data safe, focus on efficiency, and maintain consistent collections data entry.
  2. Understand the role of technology and reformatting collections in modern archival management.

The intern should have keyboarding and computer skills, with a demonstrated ability to perform detailed work.

A member of the church’s Heritage Committee will be available to supervise the intern during the fall semester. Internships for 1 credit require 42 hours’ work; 2 credits require 84 hours; 3 credits require 126 hours. Academic credit is available through the History and Historic Preservation departments. Academic credit is not available through the Museum Studies program.

To apply for the internship, send a cover letter and resume to Margaret Mock, Co-Director, John J. Johnson Archives Center, Deadline for the 2015 spring semester is January 23.

Fall Symposium This Friday (12/5)

Department of History and American Studies

Senior Thesis Symposium

December 5, 2014
9 am – 1 pm

Open to all, light refreshments will be served!



9:00 am

SESSION ONE: Topics on Race & Gender in U.S. History

Monroe 210
Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore

Chris Macko, “‘A caravan of wild beasts could bear no comparison with it’: Female Camp Followers and Their Motivations in the American Revolution”

Carla Williams, “The Sportman: White Masculinity in the Late 19th Century”


SESSION TWO: Military History

Monroe 111

Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey McClurken

Will Rogers, “The Saga of John Elphinstone: An Analysis of his Naval Expedition and Service to the Russians in the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774″

Jack Hylan, “Black Officers in the Great War and the Division within The African American Community”


10:00 am

SESSION THREE: Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Room 210
Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska

Katelyn Lewis, “Peace-weaving Wives and Warrior Women: Measuring Mutual Impact on Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian Women in the Viking Age”

Gwendolyn Buyze, “Hernando de Solarte: The Spanish Inquisition and the Basque Witch Persecution”

Kaitlyn Connolly, “Gender, Drinking, and Violence in Early Modern England”

SESSION FOUR: Topics in U.S. History and American Studies: Then & Now

Room 111
Moderator: Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt

Joanna Jourdan, “‘In Remembrance of His Goodness and Truth’: American Contemporary Mourning for President James Garfield”

Trevor Pennington, “The Silent Participant: Study of the Symbiotic Relationship between the Ku Klux Klan and  the Baptist Church in 1920s America”

Margaret D’Amico, “Women: The Forgotten Victims of the War on Drugs”

11:00 am

SESSION FIVE: Cultural History of the United States

Room 210
Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Drew Seymour, “The Grand Ole Opry Insurance Company: How Synergy Between Radio and Insurance Transformed ‘The Athens of the South’ Into Music City”

Morgan Hayes, “The Battle between Two Women: Nancy Drew as an extension of Mildred Wirt Benson and Harriet Adams Stratemeyer”

Jess Reingold, “Mount St. Helens: A Tourist Hot Spot”

SESSION SIX: U.S. Civil War History

Room 111
Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Andrew Masters, “‘Deception is the Ethics of War’: An Analysis of the Campaign of John Singleton Mosby and His Partisan Rangers”

Ryan Quint, “’You snatched Washington out of our Hands’: The Battle of Monocacy and the Redemption of Lew Wallace”


1:00 pm

SESSION SEVEN: 20th Century U.S. Military History

Room 210
Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Elizabeth Henry, “Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye: The Organization and Public Opinion of the Evacuations of Schoolchildren in Great Britain During the Second World War”

James Moore, “Tank Design from the Interwar Period to 1950”

Steven Roper, “Bullets and Brushstrokes: American Military Equipment Art’s Culture Connotations, 1917-1975”

SESSION EIGHT: Topics in United States History

Room 211
Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Lauren Garcia, “To Cultivate Cordial Peace and Friendship: The Evolving Views of Thomas Jefferson Toward Native Americans”

Ronald Vest, “1887: A Year in the Press – The Cherokee Nation, The Dawes Act, and the Local, Regional, and National News”


SESSION NINE: European History – Two Studies
Room 111

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

James Eichner, “The Devolution of Carolingian Statehood”

Emily Hummel, “The Jews of Europe and Germany on the Eve of the First Crusade”


Talk (Wed, 11/19): “The Big Bad Wolf: Male Sexual Aggression in Popular Culture During WWII”

Talking History
with Professor Michaele Smith 
“The Big Bad Wolf: Male Sexual Aggression in Popular Culture during WWII”
Wednesday, November 19th, 4:00-5:00 PM, Monroe 210
Join the Department of History and American Studies as we continue our series of conversations about faculty research.
Questions? Email