Vance Award and Phi Alpha Theta Inductees

The Department of History and American Studies was very happy to celebrate the University of Mary Washington’s 2018 Commencement with seniors this past weekenDrew Mesa and Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti at Commencement, sharing Vance Awardd, both at our departmental reception on Friday and at the grand event on Saturday. Congratulations to all!

We also were happy to announce this year’s Joseph Carroll Vance Award for Excellence in Historical Research, which was presented to Drew Mesa for composing the best senior thesis this past 2017-2018 academic year.

Our Department also recently celebrated the 2018 induction of new members to the History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta, including Marianne Brokaw, Jessie Cavolt, Lauren Frey, Claire Goode, Paige Hildebrand, Sarah Jones, Maggie Lewandowski, Andrew Snead, and Joshua Hunt. Officers Nicole Spreeman and Madeline Coughlin presided at the initiation at our April Department banquet.

UMW Phi Alpha Theta 2018 Initiates

Images:

Vance Award-Winner Drew Mesa and Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti (above)

Phi Alpha Theta 2018 Initiates (right)

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Talking History (4/9): Kerri Kline, “UMW History Training and the National Museum of the U.S. Army”

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Dr. Will Mackintosh Named to Bright Institute Cohort

wmackint@umw.edu faculty photographDr. Will Mackintosh has been named to the inaugural class of scholars at the Bright Institute of Knox College. He will join fourteen liberal arts professors in receiving a $9,000 award of research support over three years. This honor will support his research on the Loomis Gang.

For more, see this link.

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

 

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.

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”