History and American Studies Symposium–April 26, 2024

History and American Studies Symposium 

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Cedric Rucker University Center, Friday, April 26, 2024


SESSION ONE. Colonnade Room. 9 AM—Religion and Sports in US History and Culture

Moderator: Dr. Erin Devlin

Margaret Jones, “Norman Vincent Peale and His Capitalistic Venture”

Joey Welch, “Bill Russell, Sports, Race, and Media: Examination of the Media Narratives Surrounding One of Basketball’s Legends”

Darian James, “The Recovery of New Orleans and The New Orleans Saints Post Katrina”

Anna McCandless, “The Media Portrayal of NCAA Transgender Student-Athlete Participation”


SESSION TWO. Capital Room. 9 AM—Cultural Representations of Rural Life, Food, and Mental Illness in Chinese, Japanese, and US Culture

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Trey Reid, “Inaba, Reimagined: An Analysis of Persona 4’s Rural Setting in a Neoliberal Context”

Daniel Childers, “Chinese Restaurants and Oriental Opulence: The Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century in Chicago’s Exclusion Era”

Bridget Sears, “Depictions of Mental Illness in Japanese Animation; Karoshi (過労死), Ijime (虐), and Hikikomori (引きこもり)”


SESSION THREE. Colonnade Room. 10 AM—Exploring History and Memory through National Parks and Film

Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Ben Kline, “Shrines of Reconciliation: The Establishment of National Military Parks and the Evolution of the Lost Cause”

Taymar Gorelick, “Chronological Analysis of National Park Service Promotional Campaigns”

Ruth Curran, “Expectations of Women During China’s War of Resistance”


SESSION FOUR. Capital Room. 10 AM—Servitude, Slavery, and Their Legacies in US History

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Savannah Alexander, “Transformation of White Unfreedom: Indentured Servitude in Colonial Virginia”

Grace Lefcourt, “The History of Elk Hill and How Slavery Should Be Remembered”

Evan Salp, “‘Mutual Confidence and Reciprocal Fidelity’: Race Relations in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, during the Reconstruction Era”


SESSION FIVE. Colonnade Room. 11 AM—Histories of Empire and Cultural Subjugation

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Evelyn Tillinghast, “How the Role of a State Determines a People’s History: Considering the Roma”

Frances Chiarello, “The Urabi Revolt: Did the British Accidentally Take Over Egypt?”

Sebastian Melin, “Archaeology and the Relationships between Explorers and the People”


SESSION SIX. Capital Room. 11 AM— Adventures in Digital History – Digital Project Presentations

Moderator:  Dr. Jeffrey McClurken

Adventures in Digital History – Digital Project Presentations

MWC in World War II
Haley Gosman, Eliza Vegas, Neonya Garner, Savannah Alexander, John McDowell

Mary Washington Student Scrapbooks
Becca Cotton, Jake Martin, Rickie Berger, Maye Strack

PlaceBased Local Histories of the Mary Washington Campus
Max Steinbaum, Leah Perdue, Lexi Jackson, Maggie Copeland