Computer Science major Pratima Kandel’s AMST 201 project on modern-day slavery has received some well-deserved coverage from the Free Lance-Star. Check out the Domain of One’s Own website that she built here.
Click here for information about this internship.
Brexton O’Donnell, a history major in Dr. Kimberly Kutz’s Civil War in Popular Culture course, is going to have his book review of Bruce Levine’s The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South published in The Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era, Volume 4, Issue 1 (2014).
Cheers to Brexton on his forthcoming publication!
As reported earlier, History major Leah Tams (’14) spent this summer working as an intern with the Smithsonian Institution Archives in Washington, D.C. She worked with the Institutional History Division, assisting in the development of public exhibits, programs, and archival collections. Leah also composed reports for the Smithsonian’s public blog, including an intriguing account of her own work on an online exhibit of historical postcards and—a classic archival mystery—the challenges of dating them. For more, see Leah Tams, “The Mystery of the Undated Postcards,” at The Bigger Picture – Exploring Archives and Smithsonian History (23 July 2013).
Image: Postcard of Continental Uniforms, 1942, by Curt Teich & Co., Linen, Record Unit 65, Box 16, Folder: Postcards, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Neg. no. SIA2013-07812. From Leah Tams’ post, cited above.
As part of our ongoing series this summer on student internships, Lindsay Cutler (class of 2012) is happy to share her own story of internships during her time as an American Studies major at UMW. She also discusses her steps in coursework and career-building since graduation in her letter below. Many thanks, Lindsay!
“As a student at Mary Washington, I was able to develop my personal passion for American Indian history and policy through the History and American Studies Department interdisciplinary course offerings. In the summer of 2011, I had the unique opportunity to attend Sinte Gleska, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal College on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. I completed courses in the Lakota Studies Department and completed a senior research project on contemporary cultural politics, for which I interacted directly with University faculty and Rosebud Tribal Leadership.
When I returned to Mary Washington in the fall of 2011, I was awarded an Office of Undergraduate Research grant for my senior American Studies thesis to travel to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Connecticut. My research and thesis examined the relationship between the politics tribal gaming at the Foxwoods Casino and Mashantucket Pequot cultural identity.
In my final semester at Mary Washington, I was able to directly pursue my academic background and passions through an internship with the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. As a communications intern with the newly formed policy program, I drafted and edited Center publications and letters, connected with American Indian initiatives and programs across the country, and assisted with general program development.”
I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer on the Laguna Pueblo in Laguna, New Mexico with the Elev8 New Mexico grassroots community schools initiative. I hope to further pursue my interest in Native American policy by attending law school in the fall of 2014 with a focus on American Indian law and public health.”
Professor Jess Rigelhaupt and three history students, Josephine Appiah, Kelsey Matthews, and Kendall Simonpietri, presented papers at the joint meeting of the Society for the History in the Federal Government (SHFG) and Oral History Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) on April 4, 2013. The panel, “Rosie the Riveter Revisited: Oral History, Digital History, and Memories of the World War II Home Front,” was based on work from Professor Rigelhaupt’s fall 2012 oral history course. The panel discussed the public history website, rosietheriveter.umw.edu, that was built as part of the course and students presented research based on their interviews. Professor Rigelhaupt presented a paper on teaching oral history. Dr. Lu Ann Jones, a historian with the National Park Service served as the commentator.
Professor Rigelhaupt introduces the panel.
Josephine Appiah, “Reevaluating Our Cultural Understanding of World War II”
Kelsey Matthews, “A Personal Perspective: Oral Histories of the World War II Homefront”
Kendall Simonpietri, “Not Everyone’s Rosie: Different Reactions to the Interview Process”
Jess Rigelhaupt, “Born Digital: Teaching Oral History to Create Public History”
Commentator and Audience Q & A