History and American Studies Symposium – Friday, December 3rd


History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington — Department of History and American Studies
Friday, December 3, 2021. All sessions will be held in Monroe Hall.

Seating will be limited and all audience members will be required to wear face masks for the event in keeping with campus safety policies.

 

SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210 – Early Modern Perspectives: The Grim Sultan, 16th c. Kitchens, and Gift Giving at the Queen’s Court
Moderator: Professor Allyson Poska

Jarod Markle. “Yavuz Selim: Rise of the Grim Sultan”

Nancy Couturier. “Sixteenth Century Kitchens and Dining at Topkapı Palace and Hampton Court Palace: A Comparison”

Shannon Kehoe. “Gift Giving at the Court of Elizabeth I”


SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 111 – Education: Then and Now
Moderator:  Professor Erin Devlin

Morgan Gilbert. “The Pupil Placement Board Records and Desegregation of Chesterfield County Public Schools”

Haylie Stevenson. “The Best Practices to Effectively Teach African American History in Virginia Public Schools with the Standards of Learning”


SESSION THREE. 9 AM. Monroe 110 – Giving the Middle Kingdom the Middle Finger?: ‘New Women’s’ Memoirs and Activist Blogs in China
Moderator: Professor Bruce O’Brien

Erica Banks. “New Women in 20th Century China”

Chris O’Neill. “Seeking Justice in Ai Weiwei’s Citizen Investigation”

 

SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 210 – Civil Rights
Moderator: Professor Claudine Ferrell

Ashleigh Eileen Liang Foster. “The Fearsome Power of Love: Interracial Love as a Weapon Against White Supremacy”

Samuel Hartz. “’Under Color of Law’: Housing Segregation and Perpetual Poverty in Norfolk’s St. Paul’s Quadrant”

Sophia Hobbs. “Gum Springs, Then and Now: The Fight for a Hidden Treasure in Fairfax County”

 

SESSION FIVE. 10 AM. Monroe 111 – Witch Trials and Inoculation Controversies
Moderator: Professor Jason Sellers

Allison Love. “Diabolical Witches and Wizards: How the Devil Reinforced the Patriarchy in the Salem Witch Trials”

Emma Whitaker. “The 1721 Boston Inoculation Controversy”

 

SESSION SIX. 11 am. Monroe 210 – Selected Papers in U.S. History
Moderator: Professor Will Mackintosh

Hunter Dykhuis. “Perspectives on the Battle of Hampton Roads”

Janis Shurtleff. “A Sign of the Times: An Analysis of the Creation and Significance of the 1946 Film The Best Years of Our Lives

Ashley Dimino. “History, Culture, and the Contributions of Animated Film with an Exploration of Indigenous Cultures Represented in Disney Animated Films”

 

SESSION SEVEN. 11 am. Monroe 111 – Cultural History and Global Perspectives
Moderator: Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti

Sydney Morrison. “Making Russian Music: Uncovering Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Musical Ideas through His Letters”

Patrick Mackay. “Blokadniki Experiences and American Media Coverage on the Siege of Leningrad”

Antonio DeGeorge. “International Perspectives on the Soviet War in Afghanistan”

 

History and American Studies Symposium–Friday, April 30

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 30, 2021. All sessions will be on zoom.

 

SESSION ONE. 9 AM—Court Politics and Education in Medieval Europe and the Ottoman Empire

Moderator: Dr. Erin Devlin

Nic Ford, “Education in Medieval Europe: Influences, People, and Institutions”

Dalton Harley Coffey, “Capitularies of the Carolingian Period and their Impact on Carolingian Governance”

Jean-Pierre Maldonado, “The Spanish Monarchy: Campanella’s Blueprint for World Empire laid out by the Ottoman Sultanate”

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History and American Studies Symposium – December 4, 2020

 

Department of History and American Studies
University of Mary Washington
Fall 2020 Symposium – Friday, December 4

The Department of History and American Studies will present its Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium on Zoom on Friday, December 4, 2020. For more information, please contact Dr. Susan Fernsebner (sfernseb@umw.edu).

 

9:00-9:50 AM

SESSION ONE. “The American Dream, Social Injustice, and Ideologies of Dissent: Selected Papers” –  Moderator: Dr. Erin Devlin

Mariah Morton. “I Love Lucy: Family and Gender Roles in the 1950s”

Gianna Banish. “Exploring the Transformation of Malcolm X Ideology”

Cody Bowler. “Watts and Rodney King: More Than Riots”

 

SESSION TWO. “Historical Studies on World War I and II” – Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore

Sarah Pietrowski.A Comparative Analysis of the Responses of the United Kingdom and the United States to the Jewish Refugee Crisis Prior to World War II”

Michael Mallery. ““The Experiences of Thomas Callaway in the Second World War”

Megan Mydlow. “Admiral Nimitz: His Strategic Mindset and Leadership Role in the Pacific Theater”

 

10:10-11:00 AM

SESSION THREE. “Dragon Myths, Medieval Literacy, and the Role of the Tournament: Selected Papers in European History” – Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Kassie Phillips. “The Conceptual Evolution of the Dragon: The Convergence of Greek, Germanic , Celtic, and Christian Mythologies and the Modern Dragon”

Matthew Abbot.  “Early Medieval European Literacy: Francia and England”

Daniel Noel. “The Role and Effects of the Tournament in Medieval Western Europe”

 

SESSION FOUR.  “Of Bound Feet and Flying Witches: Topics in East Asian Studies” – Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Katie Molina. “Western Influences in the Anti-Footbinding Movement, 1860-1912”

Alison Poisson. “Gender & Miyazaki’s World: Witches, Feminists, and Other Scary Things”

 

11:20 AM – 12:10 PM

SESSION FIVE. “Gender, Race, and the Environment: Themes in U.S. History” – Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Christina M. Cowart. “Breaking Through the Barriers: Women in Early Jazz”

Thomas Bascom. “Race, Citizenship, The Frontier, and American Identity in 20th Century Scouting Movements”

Justin L. Binns. “Undamming America: A Regional Case Study”

 

SESSION SIX. “Selected Papers in United States History” – Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska

Jordan Petty. “Glass Nast: How Nineteenth-Century Cartoonist Thomas Nast Is a Window into Postbellum America”

Paul Hogue. “Tulsa Race Riot: Accessing Economic Envy and Fear of Interracial Sex in Jim Crow Era Oklahoma”

Kimberly Eastridge. “The Patriarchy Discussed Through I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, and Leave It to Beaver.”

 

SESSION SEVEN. “New Military Histories: Local and Global” – Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Lauren Frye. “Culpepper, VA: Caught in the Crossroads”

Maddie Shiflett.  “‘On the Verge of Liberty’: The Impact of Advocacy and Federal Policy at the Point Lookout Contraband Camp”

Dennis Gill. “NATO’s Long, Bloody Road to the Kosovo War”

 

12:30-1:20 PM

SESSION EIGHT. “The Inscribed Canvas of History: Sweethearts, Notorious Dictators, and Prison Tattoos” – Moderator: Dr. Steven Harris

Shannon Payne. “London’s Sweethearts or Most Notorious Criminals: The Kray Twins”

Tara Scroggins. “Converging Lives: A Comparative History of Hitler and Stalin”

Cathryn Kinde. “Sex, Stars, and Stalin: An Examination of Russian Prison Tattoos in the Soviet Era”

 

SESSION NINE. “Topics in 19th and 20th Century History” – Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Amanda Huber. “Dr. Charles West and the New World of Pediatric Medicine”

Anne-Marie Guelcher. “‘Something Beautiful’ – The Horses, Heroes, and History of Operation Cowboy and Race to Save Austria’s White Gold”

Corey Harrison. “American ‘Devil Dogs’: Newspapers and Perceptions of the Marine Corps in World War I”

 

History and American Studies Symposium–December 6, 2019

 

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Friday, December 6, 2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210 – Writing, Texts, and History
Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Carolyn Stough. “Gender and Perspective in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Travel Writing”

Justin Curtis. “Performing Imperialism: Dime Novel Representations of Wild West Folk Heroes”

Kyle Moore. “Shanghai as a Representation of China in 1930s Chinese Fiction”

 

SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 111 – Infernos and Fevers in United States History
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey McClurken

Connor Carmichael. “The Great Conflagration of 1871: A Social History of the Great Fire’s Aftermath in Chicago”

Nicole Stell. “Presidential Illnesses of the Twentieth Century and the Role of the White House Physician”

 

SESSION THREE. 10 AM. Monroe 210 – Selected Papers in American Studies and U.S. History
Moderator: Dr. Erin Devlin

Cassiel Haynes. “Migrant Labor through the Eyes of Braceros”

Courtlyn Plunkett. “Americanization at Hull House”

Rebecca A. Akers. “Dolley Madison: The Real First Lady”

 

SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 111 – Military History and World War II
Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Jack Hagn. “Early United States Military Aviation: How American Aviation Stalled Out”

Devin Wright.  “Moral Courage: German Resistance against Hitler and the Nazis during World War II”

 

SESSION FIVE. 11 AM. Monroe 210 –  Religious History:  Of Mothers, Converts, and the Messiah
Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska

Samantha Hampton. “Khadija: The Mother of the Believers”

Jacob Spencer. “Conversos and the Spanish Inquisition”

Alec Cameron. “Sabbatai Sevi: Kabbalah and the Messiah”

 

SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 111 – New Perspectives in American Studies
Moderator: Dr. Steven Harris

Ellora Larsen. “‘Only a Footnote in History’: Native Americans in Decline of the Western and the Rise of Red Power, 1950-1970”

Ginny Bixby. “The Complicated Legacy of a Segregationist: The Renaming of Mills E. Godwin Middle School”

Sherronda Robinson. African American Involvement in the ‘Just Say No’ Campaign.

 

SESSION SEVEN. 1 PM. MONROE 210 – Environment and U.S. History
Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore

Cole Hogan.  “History of the Rappahannock River”

William Roszell. “Urbanna Oyster Festival: A History of Celebration through the Festival”

Nick Skibinski. “Secessions in Succession: Contrasting South Carolina and Virginia in the Secession Crisis”

 

SESSION EIGHT. 1 PM. MONORE 111 – Famine, War, and Labor
Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Erica Piper. “Ukranian Resentment: The Famine of 1932-33 Recounted by Ukranian Peasants” [S. Harris]

Timothy Shinkle. “Soviet-Afghan War: Understanding the Complexity Surrounding the War through the Soviet Perspective”

Will Everett.  “A Long and Bitter Fight: The Interplay of Socialism, Organized Labor, and Nationalism during the Irish Revolution, 1912-1923”

 

History and American Studies Symposium–April 26, 2019

 

History and American Studies Symposium 

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 26, 2019

 

SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—Fashion, Feminism, and Female Quakers

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Allison McCrumb, “Fashion in the Confederacy during the Civil War: A Case Study of Richmond”

Kira Lampani-McElfresh, “Feminism in the National Florence Crittenton Mission, 1883-1930”

Maddie Coughlin, “Eighteenth-Century Female Quaker Ministers and Colonial Quaker Women’s Culture”

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Fall 2018 History and American Studies Symposium


Fall 2018 – History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington: Department of History and American Studies

Friday, December 7, 2018

 

 

SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210 – From World War II to Wonder Woman: Military and Cultural Histories
Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Francisco Palomo – “Aircraft Carrier Development of the Royal, United States, and Imperial Japanese Navies”

Madeleine McCullough – “The Codebreakers of World War II: The Talented Minds that Led to an Allied Victory in 1945”

Khayla McGowan – “Wonder Woman: How She Went from a Superheroine to a Superhero”

 

SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 111 – Japan and China in the 20th Century: Gender, Media, and Animation
Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Alyssa Ruhlen – “The Power of Perspective: Investigating the Empress Dowager Cixi and the Role of Print Media from 1898-1914”

Elise Trommer – “‘Does the Steel Princess Need an Escort?’ Representations of Gender in Japanese Animation, 1988-1995”

Kaylee Tye – “Women in the 1960s Depicted Through Chinese Cinema”

 

SESSION THREE. 10 AM. Monroe 210 – American Nativism: New Ideas of the Body Politic at the Turn of the Century
Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

McKenzie Dowdy – “The 1891 New Orleans Lynchings of Italian Immigrants: Racism, Nativism, and the Notion of Whiteness”

Kelsey Phillips – “Typhoid Mary: An Analysis of the Stereotypes of Female Irish Immigrants”

Sarah Jones – “Denis Kearney and His Impact on the Anti-Chinese Movement in Late-Nineteenth Century California”

 

SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 111 – Selected Papers in U.S. and Global History
Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Margaret Lewandowski – “Different Experiences of the Same Atrocity: A Multinational Comparison of Comfort Women Experiences”

Alex Friedrich – “A Failure in Justice: William Calley and the My Lai Massacre”

Maya Watson – “Racialized Notions of Beauty in the 20th Century”

 

SESSION FIVE. SESSION. 11 AM. Monroe 210 – The Middle Ages: Medicine, Gender, and Feuds
Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore

Jessie Whitmer – “Shifts in Medieval Medicine: The Progression of Medical Practices Throughout the Middle Ages”

Jason Elms – “Fixing the Feud: The Relation between Royal Authority and Feud in Medieval England, Iceland, and Norway”

Paige Hildebrand – “The Empress Matilda: Sex, Gender, and Leadership in Twelfth Century England”

 

SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 111 – Selected Papers on Colonialism and Diplomatic History
Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Lakelyn Wiley – “Intercolonial Conflict in West Africa: Sierra Leone and Liberia”

Nicole McCormick – “Queen Lili’uokalani’s Resistance to U.S. Colonization and Influence on the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement”

Zhen Chen – “Only Nixon and Mao: Framing U.S.-Chinese  Rapprochement Through the Individuals”

 

SESSSION SEVEN. 1 PM. Monroe 210 – Topics in U.S. History: Late 19th and 20th Century
Moderator: Dr. Erin Devlin

Nathan Harpine – “Voice in a Segregated Church: African American Clergy and Ministry in the Episcopal Dioceses of Virginia and Southern Virginia, 1870-1915”

Kaitryn Evans – “The 1920 New York State Assembly: A Case Study of the Undemocratic Expulsion of Five Socialist Members”

Allison Griffith – “African American Educational Opportunities in Prince Edward County: 1959-1964”

 

SESSION EIGHT. 1 PM. Monroe 111 – Medicine, Motion Pictures and Urban Spaces: Topics in U.S. History
Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Andrew Snead – “Confederate Medicine: The Struggle to Save Lives”

Benjamin Masse – “Independent Cities: Why They Were Created and Kept, to Help Citizens”

History and American Studies Symposium–April 27, 2018

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 27, 2018

 

SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—Gendered Histories of Romance, Revolution, and Science Fiction

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Sophia Gutkowski, “’Two Hearts in Counsel:’ Romantic Friendships and Female Love in Antebellum America” (KM)

Gillian Miller, “A Vessel for Change: How Revolutionary Cuba and Nicaragua Influenced Women’s Lives” (AP)

Megan Lindsey, “Powerful Women and Toxic Men: Gender Issues as Represented in Nausicaä and the Valley of the Wind and Akira” (SF)

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