Friday 4/25 Symposium – Schedule

History and American Studies Symposium

Preliminary Program


University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies

Friday, April 25, 2014


SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—Histories of World War II

Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore

Grace Christenson—In It All the Way: Propaganda of World War II

Jason J. Ellington—Interservice Rivalries and the World War II Unification Battle

Conner Allen—A Fleet for a Fleet: The Struggle for Mediterranean Dominance from Djerba to Lepanto, 1560-1571


SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 211—Explorations in American Mass Media and Television

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Leah Tams—The Korean War in the 1960s and 1970s: A Cultural Analysis of the First Six Seasons of M*A*S*H

Jason Milton—Black, White, and Read All Over: The Month Following the Wounded Knee Massacre through the Lens of American Newspapers

Daniel Russell—Ho Chi Minh: Through the Lens of TIME


SESSION THREE. 9 AM. Monroe 111—Studies in American Life

Moderator: Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt

Kearsten Lehman—Female Scientists Through the Ages: Focusing Primarily on Dr. Sara Josephine Baker

Amanda Vercruysse—The Good Eats Fandom: An Analysis of Audience Participation in the Digital World

Rebecca Sherman—Dorothy Mae Taylor and Anti-Discrimination in Mardi Gras


SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 210—Totalitarian Regimes and Mass Death in Modern Times

Moderator: Dr. Steven E. Harris

Andrew Broedel—The Assyrian Genocide

Ian Millar—Felix Dzerzhinsky: Father of The Soviet Secret Police

Maxwell Reinhardt—The Pink Triangle behind the Iron Curtain: Social Policy and the Treatment of Gay Men and Lesbians in Communist East Germany


SESSION FIVE. 10 AM. Monroe 211—Explorations in American Society and Culture

Moderator: Dr. Al-Tikriti

George Hareras—The Native American Mascot Controversy: A History of Racial Stereotyping

Emily Broton—Black and White Newspapers: Loving or Not Loving?

Frank Zare—Navy SEALs in Hollywood


SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 210—Women in American History

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Courtney Collier—“The Almost Perfect First Lady”: Jacqueline Kennedy and How She Strategically Promoted the Kennedy Administration and Her Image as a First Lady

John Gordon Crowell-Mackie—Sensationalism and Societal Standards: How Female Serial Killers Were Depicted in Newspapers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Carly Winfield—The Last of the Ladies: The Ladies Memorial Association of Fredericksburg and the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg


SESSION SEVEN. 11 AM. Monroe 211—Topics in European and American History

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Meaghan Sullivan—Guardians of Culture: The Significance of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division of the Armed Forces During the Second World War

Rebecca Hoehn—Abominations of Nazi Medicine

Arthur Deegan—Basque Influences: Societal Changes in Eleventh-Century Navarra


SESSION EIGHT. 11 AM. Monroe 111–Topics in American History

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Katherine Tryon–Patriarchy in Virginia’s Female Education in the Nineteenth Century

Kristina Rader—Blood on the Cobblestones of Kings Street: Media after the Boston Massacre

John Ball—Foundations of the Fifth Amendment: Just Compensation for Expropriated Property in Colonial America


SESSION NINE. 1 PM. Monroe 210—Histories of Slavery, Incarceration, and Civil War

Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Stephen Campbell—Colonial South Carolina’s Heart of Darkness: The Indian Slave Trade

Stefanie Lilly—“God Is a Spirit, Ain’t He?” The Intersection of Conjure and Christianity in Antebellum Slave Resistance

Sean Redmiles—“Meade’s Position Proved Embarrassing To Me If Not To Him”: The Relationship between Grant and Meade during the Campaigns of 1864-1865


SESSION TEN. 1 PM. Monroe 211—Examining American Politics and Culture

Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska

Kasey Moore—Alcatraz: A Defensive Narrative

Candice Roland—Acres Made Sacred”: Ferry Farm, the Cherry Tree, and the Manipulation of Memory

Mary Wendt—Advertising “America” in the 1964 Presidential Campaign


SESSION ELEVEN. 2 PM. Monroe 210—Troubled Times in American History

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Chelsea Chin—Two Distinct and Hostile Forces: American Imperialism and the Debate on the Chinese Exclusion Act

Samuel Taylor— “American Progress”: The Frontier, Gender, and the Spanish-American War

Kevin Parker–Roger Sherman’s Religion and its Effect on his Politics


SESSION TWELVE. 2 PM. Monroe 211—Adventures in Digital History

Moderator: Dr. Jeff McClurken

Then and Now: Images from the Past and Present

Alexandria Parrish

Carly Winfield

Conner Allen

Jessica Reingold

Meaghan Sullivan

1960s Scrapbooks from MWC

Alex Young

Ellen Peiser

Jessica Chrisman

Laura-Michael Balderson

Ronald Vest

3D Scanning and the James Monroe Museum

Amanda Vercruysse

Eric Greenlaw

Ike Copperthite

Victoria Skaggs

Century America

Candice Roland

Jack Hylan

Julia Wood

Leah Tams



Dr. Allyson Poska Interviewed in USA Today

Poska_Allyson_170Dr. Allyson Poska, Professor of History and a specialist in the histories of Spain and Latin America, was interviewed recently for an article in USA Today. See “Study: Crew that Sailed with Columbus Suffered Scurvy” for a look at the challenges faced by colonizers in the Caribbean’s Spanish settlements of the 1490s.

Cancellation: 4/14 Brown Bag Lunch

Notice: Today’s brown bag lunch with Rachel Elfenbein has been cancelled due to illness.


Today (Mon, 4/14): Rachel Elfenbein

Women’s and Gender Studies – Brown Bag Lunch Series:

Rachel Elfenbein
PhD candidate in Sociology at Simon Fraser University and former Fulbright fellow to Venezuela

“They Want Our Work, But Not Our Power: Women’s Unpaid Labor in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution”

In 1999, Venezuela became the first country in the world to constitutionally recognize the value of unpaid housework and specifically entitle homemakers to social security. She will discuss how this landmark constitutional provision affected poor homemakers and gender relations in Venezuela under Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian government.

Monday  April  14  12-1pm
Lee 414

Bring your own lunch and we will provide water and soft drinks

Talking History – Wednesday, April 16th, 4 pm

MackintoshTalking History with Leah Tams, Julia Wood and Professor Will Mackintosh

“Representing the Print Culture of Geographical Knowledge in the Early American Republic: A Cliometric Odyssey”

Wednesday, April 16th

4- 5 pm

Monroe 210

To learn more about the project, see Professor Mackintosh’s blog post on the topic here.

All are welcome. Questions? Email:

Congratulations to Brexton O’Donnell

Brexton O’Donnell, a history major in Dr. Kimberly Kutz’s Civil War in Popular Culture course, is going to have his book review of Bruce Levine’s The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South published in The Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era, Volume 4, Issue 1 (2014).

Cheers to Brexton on his forthcoming publication!

Secret Cities and Nuclear Cities–Thursday, April 10 at 5pm

On Thursday, April 10 (5pm in Monroe 116), two international scholars–Xenia Vytuleva and Anna Veronika Wendland–will present their research on the history of two kinds of cities that shaped Soviet social life in the 20th century: secret cities and nuclear cities. Their presentations will focus on a range of issues including Soviet urban history, the current state of Russian and Ukrainian cities, and anti-nuclear activism.

For more information on this event, click on the flyer below: