History and American Studies Symposium–April 21, 2023

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 21, 2023


SESSION ONE. Monroe 111. 9 AM—Foreign Wars, Imperial Entanglements, and US Foreign Relations in Historical Perspective

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Jordan Leahey, “Ferdinand Marcos and the U.S. Congress: Power vs. Ideals”

Ricky Muñoz, “An Empire to Be: American-Dominican Relations and the Spectre of Imperialism”

Daniel Walker, “One Percent Ideology and the War in Iraq”

SESSION TWO. Monroe 213. 9 AM—Foreign Views on Chinese, German, and Japanese History

Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska

Spencer Johnston, “British Views on Qing 1898 Reform: Imperial Politics Through Print”

Cegan Hinson, “Caron’s Japan: Tokugawa State and Society through a European Lens”

Alexander Keuerleber, “Heidelberg, Germany from 1880 to 1960: American Media Perceptions of a University City in Germany”


SESSION THREE. Monroe 111. 10 AM—History through Film and Television in Japan, South Korea, and the United States

Moderator: Dr. Erin Devlin

Shantel A. Yarborough, “Gwangju Through the Looking Sandglass: A South Korean Example of the Portrayal of Historical Events in Television and Cinema”

Logan Kurtz, “From Otherness to Acceptance: The Evolution of Jewish Representation in American Cinema: 1929-1947”

Neonya Garner, “Product of War: A Study of Storm Over the Pacific and 1960s Japan”


SESSION FOUR. Monroe 210. 10 AM—Histories of Genocide and World War II

Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Lauren Phillips, “The Forgotten Slaughter: Transnistria and the Romanian Holocaust”

Annika Sypher, “The Irish Genocide”

Matthew Jones, “Broadcasting the Turning Points of the Second World War: A Comparative Analysis of London Can Take It and Moscow Strikes Back


SESSION FIVE. Monroe 110. 11 AM—Education in Virginia History

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Kathleen Martin, “The Parental Nature of Mary Washington College, 1911-1945.”

Karlie Jahn, “Virginia Indians and SOLs”

Sarah Sklar, “Normal Girls: The Experiences of Virginia Normal School Students, 1884-1935”


SESSION SIX. Monroe 111. 11 AM—Explorations in Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Minoan Civilizations

Moderator:  Dr. Steven E. Harris

Jared Vick, “”The Phalanx:  A Reflection of Ancient Greek Society””

Madeleine Gulbransen, “From Daimones to Demons: Exorcisms and Cultural Constructions of the Demonic in Late Antique Egypt”

Elizabeth Rybarczyk, “Demythologizing Homer: Investigating Religion in Minoan Crete”


SESSION SEVEN. Monroe 210. 1 PM—How Mass Media Represents and Shapes the Past and the Present

Moderator:  Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Tyler A. Carnohan, “How News Media Impacted the Black Panther Party and Black Lives Matter”

Lauryn Bailey, “Cocaine, Conspiracy, and Cover-Ups: Public Perceptions of the CIA from the 1950s to the Present”

Taylor Coleman, “‘We’ve Got a Lot to Lose and a Lot to Win’: Radio Free Alcatraz, Media Portrayals, and How Occupiers Used Their Voice”


SESSION EIGHT. Monroe 213. 1 PM—Slavery in US and Ottoman History

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Helen Dhue, “From Enslaver to White Savior: The Blackford Family and the Memory of The American Colonization Society”

Laura Baldwin, “Culture as Capital: Slavery as an Instrument of Cultural Exchange in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Ottoman Empire”


SESSION NINE. Monroe 210. 2PM—Popular Culture, Labor Relations, and Mental Health in US History

Moderator Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Lyndsey Clark, “Mental Health in M*A*S*H: An Analysis of the Changing Portrayal of Mental Health opics in the 1970s and early 1980s”

Jesse Frye, “State of the Union”

Sara M Gross, “Not Your Grandmother’s Cookbook: An Examination of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbooks through the 20th Century”


SESSION TEN. Monroe 213. 2 PM—Explorations in Gender and Women’s History

Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

April Holmes, “Behind the Gift: Motivation and Reciprocity in the Elizabethan New Year’s Gift Exchange”

Andrew Hudgins, “Women Reformers and Authority during the Protestant Reformation”

Sophie Weber, “The Bloody Monday Riot: How the Quest for Manhood Led to Political Turmoil.”