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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Volunteer at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

George Washington’s Ferry Farm is always looking for volunteers (and sometimes interns), but at the moment is especially interested in finding help for its 4th of July events. If you’re interested, please contact Susan Sherman, or 540.370.0732 ext. 22. Click to get the Ferry Farm volunteer flyer

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HISA Research Symposium – Friday, 4/22

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 22, 2015

Senior thesis and digital history project presentations. All are welcome!


SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210— Race and Ethnicity in American Life

Moderator:  Dr. Porter Blakemore

Ashlyn Dacey—Domestic Violence on Indian Reservations in the United States

Shannon Ball—“Woman Must Have Her Freedom”: Birth Control Activism as Viewed Through The Birth Control Review and the Influence of Margaret Sanger

Lila Spitz—The Depiction of African Americans in Six High School United States History Textbooks from the 1980s and the Early 2000s


SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 111—Representations of Women in History

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Francesca Dinger—Sky High Standards: Female Flight Attendants of the 1960s

Carolyn Ann Kowalewski—From Wives to Public Conduct: Protestant Reformer’s Views on Women in the Sixteenth Century

Ashley Jenkins—Portrayal of Republican Era Chinese Women in Popular Culture


SESSION THREE. 10 AM. Monroe 210—20th Century German History

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Dana Baumgartner—Jugend Dient Dem Fuerher: Growing Up in the Hitler Youth

Zach Young—The German Nuclear Program: How Germany’s Technological Progress Failed to Produce the Atomic Bomb

Kathleen MacIndoe—The Forgotten Faces of Operation Valkyrie


SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 111— Forging and Breaking Social and Economic Bonds in Times of War and Peace

Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Victoria Bond—Captivity and Native American Customs during the Seven Years War

Corey Dyke—Under Siege: The Struggle to Form and Maintain Allegiances in the American Civil War

Lydia Hope Jones—The Demise of a Town with Promise: A Comparative Look at the Towns of Dumfries and Alexandria and Their Varied Responses to Colonial Pressures


SESSION FIVE. 11 AM. Monroe 210—Women in American History and Contemporary Life

Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Mercia Spicer—Choosing to Stay: Seeking to Understand the Choices of Women Captives

Mary Fesak—“The Ideals of Pine Mountain”: Gender, Progressive Thought, and the Built Environment at Pine Mountain Settlement School


SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 111—Cultures of Food and Sports in American History

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Jenna Williams—“It’s Going, Going, Gone”: The Policies and History Surrounding Cuban Baseball Defections in the 1990s

Elizabeth Eiseman—Lacrosse the Nation: How Sport Benefits Native Americans

Peyton Brown—Big on the Pig: Pork Culture and Barbecue Culture in North Caroline History


SESSION SEVEN. 1 PM. Monroe 111—Representations of Sexuality and Gender Relations

Moderator: Dr. Jeff McClurken

Emily Bostaph—Stuck in Their Ways: The Portrayal of Homosexuality in Popular Sitcoms and News Segments from the 1950s to the Late 1980s

Bailey Ivancic—“Are You Popular?” The Depiction of Women in Postwar Social Guidance Films

Megan Rebennack—Feminist Reading on Amy Schumer


SESSION EIGHT. 1PM. Monroe 210—Explorations in Late Antique, Byzantine, and Medieval European History

Moderator: Dr. Steven E. Harris

Barry Lucero II—Constantine: The Driving Force of a Christian Revolution?

Edward Harold Scheirer III—Ideal Kingship and the Legitimacy of the Anglo-Saxon State

Shane Carlson—Early Byzantine and Arab Naval Organizations, 655 CE-717 CE


SESSION NINE. 1PM. Monroe 211—War and Nationalism in Colonial America and the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Heidi Scanlon—King Philip’s War: The Attack on Medfield

Megan Bannon—Pioneer Farmer: An Analysis of George Washington’s Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Practices at Mount Vernon

Jake Rieder– Nationalism and the Fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire


SESSION TEN. 2 PM. Monroe 111—Narratives of Exclusion and Inclusion in American History

Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Shannon Green—AIDS: A Catalyst for Queer Representation in the Media

Daniel Webb—Is It Because I’m Black: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In and Its Effects on the Civil Rights Movement

Marie Clifford—Reinterpreting the Civil War: Creating a Narrative with the Voices of Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans at National Park Service Sites


SESSION ELEVEN. 2 PM. Monroe 210—Adventures in Digital History Project Presentations

Moderator: Dr. McClurken

3D Scans from the James Monroe Museum

Mary C. Fesak

Jonathan A. Hernandez

Lila B. Spitz


The Slaughter-Murray Papers

Kimberly A. Carbajo

Matthew R. Gaughan

Kathleen M. MacIndoe

Brexton L. O’Donnell


History of the ITCC/Hurley Convergence Center

Jonathon A. Baker

Andrew B. Boswell

Marissa I. Feldman

Andrew C. Steele


Diary of Civil War Soldier Stephen Gordon

Michael C. Black

Catherine A. Liberty

Alexander C. Privitt

James T. Stewart


Upcoming career event: Mon., April 11, 3-4pm

 Come meet Zac Cunningham,

Manager of Educational Programs

The George Washington Foundation

Monday, April 11 from 3-4 p.m.

Monroe 210


Zac will be discussing his path to museum education and his experiences as an educator and public historian at Ferry Farm

Questions? Contact Jason Sellers,

Majors Banquet – Friday, April 22, 5:30 pm

The Sixteenth Annual Department of History and American Studies MAJORS BANQUET will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Brock’s Riverside Grill.

Come and join your friends and professors to celebrate the end of the year at this festive gathering featuring:

  • Cash bar and delicious dinner in a great location in downtown Fredericksburg
  • Recognition of majors’ achievements
  • Announcement of scholarship recipients
  • Presentation of Department’s annual awards

Cost: $15 majors & prospective majors; $20 faculty & guests

Payment: See Mrs. Patton in Monroe 228 by April 15th

Dress: Business attire recommended