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”

 

Talking History (M, 11/13): Dr. Steve Harris, “Airscapes and Archives”

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Book Reception: Dr. Allyson Poska (Wed, 11/1)

bookcoverap Please join the Department of History and American Studies to celebrate Dr. Poska’s newest book! We will host a reception with refreshments on Wednesday, November 1, at 4 pm in Monroe 213.

The event celebrates the publication of Dr. Poska’s award-winning book, Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire.

Between 1778 and 1784 the Spanish Crown transported more than 1,900 peasants, including 875 women and girls, from northern Spain to South America in an ill-fated scheme to colonize Patagonia. The story begins as the colonists trudge across northern Spain to volunteer for the project and follows them across the Atlantic to Montevideo. However, before the last ships reached the Americas, harsh weather, disease, and the prospect of mutiny on the Patagonian coast forced the Crown to abandon the project. Eventually, the peasant colonists were resettled in towns outside of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, where they raised families, bought slaves, and gradually integrated into colonial society. Gendered Crossings brings to life the diverse settings of the Iberian Atlantic and the transformations in the peasants’ gendered experiences as they moved around the Spanish Empire.

Allyson Poska Awarded Book Prize

bookcoverap Dr. Allyson Poska has been awarded the prize for best book of 2016 from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for her work Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2016).

In its recognition of the work’s achievement, the award committee noted their appreciation for how this book “complicates our understandings of masculinity, femininity, honor and sexual norms in showing how Spain tried to use families and migration to advance its imperial goals.” At the same time, they praised Gendered Crossings as it also presents “a careful study of many different historical subjects — women as well as men, poor and rich, and enslaved and free — that offers a powerful example of how histories of the early modern Atlantic world are enriched by weaving gender together with class, race, and European and Colonial politics.”

For more information on this study, see the link above. The Department of History and American Studies is delighted to extend its congratulations to Dr. Allyson Poska on her award.

 

Fall Job and Internship Fair, and Health and Law Professions Graduate School Fair

UMW’s Center for Career and Professional Development will be hosting several events in the next few weeks. Students looking for internships and full-time jobs will find a wide range of employers and graduate schools at these events.

Job & Internship Fair

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

University Center, Chandler Ballroom

Fair Information and Registration: https://adobe.ly/2yz4ruF

Promotional Video: https://adobe.ly/2yTIxDv

 

Health & Law Professions Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

University Center, Chandler Ballroom

Fair Information and Fair Registration:  https://adobe.ly/2yy0RRl

Promotional Video: https://adobe.ly/2l2nmsO

 

Prepare for the Fair Student Resources:

Internships: The Valentine (Richmond, VA)

The Valentine museum is currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 internships. They are accepting applications from students interested in working in one of the following departments:

Archives
Costumes & Textiles
Education & Public Programs
General Collections
Fundraising and Development
PR & Marketing

Intern descriptions can be viewed here and students are encouraged to use their online application: https://thevalentine.org/programs-tours/college/college-internship-application/

Position: Visitor Engagement Specialist, Dumbarton House (Georgetown)

Dumbarton House, a Federal period historic house museum in Georgetown, seeks a a part-time Visitor Engagement Specialist to manage visitor center operations on weekdays and weekends. Dumbarton House, headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, offers visitors an opportunity to enhance their appreciation of early American history.
The Visitor Engagement Specialist runs the museum visitor center, including greeting visitors, collecting admissions, overseeing the gift shop, and supporting visitor center volunteers and docents. This position is managed by the Education Manager.

For full information, see here.