Talking History – Spring ’17 Schedule


Mt. Vernon Internships (deadline 2/17/17)

Spend a Summer Immersed in the 18th Century at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Each year, Mount Vernon’s Historic Trades accepts a select number of applicants for summer internships. With a 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.

    • Live on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate during the internship.
    • Participate in special field trips to other historic sites and museums in the region.
    • Receive reimbursement for travel expenses to and from Mount Vernon, accommodations on the estate, and estimated biweekly wages of $450 (based on hours worked, accommodations in addition, all before taxes).



      • Have a background in history or museum studies.
      • Be comfortable with public speaking.
      • Be available during the entire internship period of June 5 – August 11, 2017. Interns will be expected to work a five-day, 40-hour workweek that will include every other weekend.

We are looking for highly motivated students who will enjoy the challenges and benefits of participating in this program. We will be happy to discuss the internship in more detail with you and any students who are interested in applying.

Completed applications must be returned to Mount Vernon by February 17, 2017 for consideration.


Application Deadline: February 17, 2017

Please find the application and FAQs below or visit the Mount Vernon website.

If you have any questions, contact, or call Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades, at 703-799-8611.


Welcome to the Spring ’17 Semester!

4265614785_92d7fff5b2_mHello All,

Happy New Year! Our semester begins on Tuesday, January 17th.

We have new classes added this this semester–including two with seats still remaining: Dr. Erin Devlin’s AMST 303: Museums in the U.S., and Dr. Susan Fernsebner’s HIST 324: Chinese History through Film.

Also, a reminder to Senior Thesis (HIST & AMST 485) students! Don’t forget to attend the introductory meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 pm. Department Chair Dr. Bruce O’Brien will introduce you to the Senior Thesis process, standards, and also provide helpful strategies for success.

Best of luck on the coming semester!

Image: Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963. Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday and classes will start on Tuesday, January 17. Image: U.S. National Archives / Flickr Commons



HISA Research Symposim – Friday, 12/9

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies

Friday, December 9, 2016


SESSION ONE. 9:00 AM. Monroe 210 – Gender and Immigration in U.S. History
Moderator: Jeff McClurken

Katelynn Matragrano – “‘Serial Killers, Gender, and the Media! Oh My!’: How Media Coverage of Jane Toppan and H.H. Holmes Differed Based on Gender”

Jamie Battles – “Review of Immigration Reform During the Progressive Era of the United States: The Futile Dillingham Commission”

Malin Serifs – “A Long, Long Way to Go: Gender Discrimination in Employment in the United States from the 1960s to the 1980s”


SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 211 – Of King Arthur and Carolingian Counts

Moderator: Susan Fernsebner

Gunnar Gardner – “Arthurus, Rex Quondam, Rex Futurus: Unveiling the Historical Arthur”

Maximilian Starr – Carolingian Counts: A Regional Approach to Their Increased Autonomy during the Eight to Eleventh Centuries”


SESSION THREE. 9 AM. Monroe 111 – Topics in Early American and British History
Moderator: Allyson Poska

Jennafer Payne-Hall“British Accusations against Native Americans During the French and Indian War”

Kevin Sullivan – “Aruba, Jamaica, I Don’t Wanna Take Ya: Economic Causes of the British Abolition of Slavery, 1776-1807”


SESSION FOUR. 10:00 AM. Monroe 211 – The State, Propaganda, and Memory in Mao’s China

Moderator: Porter Blakemore

Catherine Liberty – “‘Pessimism is wrong’: A Critical Analysis of State Sponsored Visual and Verbal Culture during China’s Great Leap Forward”

Shannon Keene – “‘What’s Done Cannot be Undone’: An Understanding of the View of the Chinese Government by Former Red Guards Through an Analysis of Red Guard Memoirs”


SESSION FIVE. 10 AM. Monroe 111 – Legends and Myths of 19th Century U.S. History

Moderator: Jason Sellers

Callie Morgan – “The Donner Party Legend”

Jeffrey Conger – “Custer’s Last Stand: The Myth and Memory of the Battle of Little Bighorn


SESSION SIX. 11:00 AM. Monroe 210 – Gender, Text, and Identity

Moderator: Will Mackintosh

Megan Connor  – “Royal Midwives, Manuals, and the Creation of the ‘Ideal’ Midwife in Seventeenth-Century Europe”

Andrew Muchnick – “Agency Building and Identity Formation: Abigail Levy Franks’ Negotiation of Gender and Commerce in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Economy”


SESSION SEVEN. 11 AM. Monroe 211 – Topics in U.S. History and American Studies

Moderator: Erin Devlin

Nicholas Houff – “Pearl Harbor: The Event that Triggered 60 Years of Prior Prejudice”

Philip Bordone  – “Cartoon Warfare: The Cold War in Political Cartoons 1949-1964”

Julia Peterson – “How To Get Away With Stereotypes: An Analysis of Tropes of Gay Asian American Men and the Character Oliver Hampton”


12-1 pm LUNCH


SESSION EIGHT. 1 PM. Monroe 210 – Photography and the Press in American History

Moderator: Krystyn Moon

Ethan Tobin – “Knights of the Pen: The Politicization of News Coverage at the Battle of Fredericksburg”

Kristen Lambert – “Photographs as Propaganda: Selling the Success of Native American Boarding Schools”

Courtney Squires – “Lewis Hine: The Impact of Social Photography on Child Labor Laws in the United States”


SESSION NINE. 1 PM. Monroe 211 – New Looks at Military History

Moderator: Claudine Ferrell

Andrew Steele – “Constancy or Cowardice? The Trial and Execution of Admiral Byng”

Kelly Haynes – “I’ve Already Been to Hell: American POWs in Berga Concentration Camp”

Natalie Griffitts – “Accommodation or Collaboration: Examining Policy and Life in France During World War II”


SESSION TEN. Monroe 111 – 20th Century Global Topics
Moderator: Nabil Al-Tikriti

Dakota Thompson – “The Effect on Changing Missionary Work on Relief During the Armenian Genocide”

Courtney Burrows – “Expression Under Repression: Women Producing Arpilleras in Pinochet’s Chile”

Eric Sundberg – “Alfabetizacion es Liberacion: the Role of Education and Literacy in Sandinista Nicaragua”


Talk: “Eco-Tourism and National Parks” (Mon, 10/24)

vasquezflyer “Eco-Tourism and National Parks: Another Way to Make Cuba and USA Closer” –

A Talk by Dr. Jose Vasquez

Speaker Dr. Vasquez is emeritus professor at San Geronimo College at the University of Havana

Monday, October 24th — 7:00 pm — Combs, Room 149

Co-Sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences, History & American Studies, Historic Preservation, and Modern Languages & Literatures. For more information, contact Dr. Krystyn Moon (


Talking History Series


Fulbright Meeting, Wednesday Aug. 31 – 7 pm, Monroe 210

Would you like to teach English in Korea, India, Germany, Japan, Italy, or several other countries? Would you like to study arachnids in Columbia, opera in Italy, modern bridge architecture in Venice, or Flemish Renaissance painters in Belgium?  Would you like to research migration patterns into Western Europe, Nile River Valley irrigation methods, mathematics in Ukraine, chess in India, or the effects of global warming on tropical rain forests in Brazil?  These and several other possibilities exist under the Fulbright/IIE program.

If you are unsure what to do after graduation, and would like to spend next year teaching and/or conducting research abroad, consider submitting an application to the Fulbright Graduate and Research Abroad Program.  This year’s national application deadline is October 11, 2016. The campus submission deadline is October 3.  Interested students and advisors are invited to a Fulbright information meeting this Wednesday, Aug, 31 at 7 p.m., in Monroe Hall, Room 210.

This year our Fulbright Campus Evaluation Committee [Dianne Baker (co-Faculty Program Advisor), Melina Patterson, Rosemary Jesionowski, Pat Reynolds, Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, and Ann Witkowski] will assist all potential applicants with their statements, and their total applications.  This same committee will interview and rate each applicant for further consideration by the Institute of International Education, and Ms. Lisa Patton of the History Department will help track all applicants’ application status. UMW graduates have won 20 Fulbright grants total, which shows that it can be done.  You, too, can do it — you need only a good idea, a solid GPA, and strong recommendation letters.

Although grantees must have obtained their bachelor’s degree by the time of their award, students who are not graduating this year — as well as interested alumni — are also encouraged to attend this meeting because successful applications often require advance preparation.  At the meeting I will discuss Fulbright informational materials, and discuss strategies for successful applications.

Prior to attending Wednesday’s meeting, I encourage interested students to research the Fulbright website: While considering applying, remember the following factors and tips for successful applications:

1) Research the odds of winning a grant in the country of your interest.  There are radically variant odds between different countries, ranging from the highly competitive (UK) to the eminently attainable (Gabon, Congo, Moldova, etc). To research these odds, check this link:

2) Successful applicants normally demonstrate some previous interest in the country and/or project of their choice.  Try to design a project proposal which is consistent with your prior interests.

3) Successful applicants often have a letter of support originating from within their country of interest.  Please consider how to obtain such a letter by the deadline. If you have any questions about the program or the deadline, please call Dr. Al-Tikriti at 540-654-1481 or email him at

General Information About the Fulbright Program

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.  Preference will be given to applicants whose higher education was received primarily at educational institutions in the United States.  Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered disqualifying.

Preference will usually be given to candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months.  Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.

Applicants must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application, unless otherwise noted.

Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.

In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.

Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of host country to communicate with the people and to carry out proposed study.  Such proficiency is especially important to students wishing to undertake projects in the social sciences and humanities.  [This is not always the case for applicants considering arts or science projects not requiring language knowledge.  It is also not true for English teaching assistantships].

Good health.  Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.

Frequently asked questions:

Can grantees obtain credit for their year abroad?
Because most foreign universities do not use the credit system, there is no guarantee that a student will receive credit for work done abroad. If a student desires credit for work done abroad, he or she must arrangements with the home institution, preferably in advance of departure.

How does one apply for a grant?
Students enrolled in a U.S. academic institution at the time of application must apply through the Faculty Program Advisor (FPA) on their campus. To apply, contact Dr. Al-Tikriti at  Applicants who are not enrolled should obtain application forms and information from IIE/New York.  Here is the link:

Are younger students at a disadvantage in the competition?
Absolutely not.  The H. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has recently stated its intention to give preference to qualified graduating seniors, who need not have formulated specific career plans.

What types of forms are required?
The same application form is used for all types of grants: Fulbright full and travel grants, teaching assistantships, etc.  Since candidates may apply generally only to one country, one application suffices for all awards to that country for which an applicant is eligible.  For example, candidates applying to Germany will be considered not only for the Fulbright full and travel grants, but also for the Bavarian State Government Grants, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Grants, or the Germanistic Society of America-Quadrille Awards, provided they meet all the qualifications for each of the awards.  There is no need to file a separate application for each award.  Applications are available in two forms: paper and on-line.  A hard copy of the completed form must also be submitted when applying on-line.  To apply on-line go to:

What is the application deadline?
The applications deadline is October 11, 2016, at 5 p.m. for all grants.  The campus deadline is October 3– this deadline is slightly more flexible than the national deadline.

How can one apply for summer grants?
There are no summer grants available under the IIE-administered portion of the Fulbright Program.

What does the national screening committee look for in reviewing application?
In general, screening committee members review all documents and supplementary material (in the arts) pertaining to an application.  It is important that all required transcript, letters of recommendation, and language report forms be available for consideration.  In addition to these documents, the Statement of Proposed Study is reviewed very carefully.  The committee takes into consideration the nature of the project, its originality, the academic preparation for completing the project described, including language proficiency, and the interest of the student as evidenced by any advance research he may have done to determine that the resources he will need to accomplish his proposed project are in fact available in the potential host country.  It is important also that the Curriculum Vitae be completed carefully, since it is through this essay that committee members obtain a picture of the student as a person.  Applicants, especially graduating seniors, should include information concerning their future career plans and the effect a Fulbright Grant might have on those plans.


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