students with awards

Each spring, the Department of History holds an induction ceremony for Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society. 

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NEWS and EVENTS


2014-2015

Faculty Presentations

Bucciantini, Alima. "National Museums, Changing Nations: The Case of Scotland." 7th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Los Angeles, CA, August 3-8, 2014.  

Dwyer, John. "Pollution along the U.S.-Mexico Border." Mid-West World History Association Conference, Chicago, IL, September 26-28, 2014.

Parsons, Elaine. "How Klan Victims Explained their Attacks." Association for the Study of African American History and Life Conference, Memphis, TN, September 27-28, 2014.

Sienkewicz, Julia. "Beyond the American School: Placing Art in the 1790s." Society of Early Americanists Conference, London, England, July 15-21, 2014. 

Stelzel, Philipp. "Arguing about World War I: A Transatlantic Story, 1920-1970," German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City, MO, September 18-21, 2014.

EVENTS

On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Department of History will host its annual History Forum, "The American Civil War: Conflicting Views of Faith and Freedom," featuring guest speaker Barbara Franco, President and Excecutive Director of the Gettysburgh Seminary Ridge Museum. For more information, visit our History Forum page.


2013-2014

Faculty Presentations

Bucciantini, Alima. "GenNext: The Future of Public History Programs Working Group." National Council on Public History, Monterey, CA, March 18-22, 2014.

Dwyer, John. "Environmental Regulation for Southern California." Western History Association, Tuscon, AZ, October 9-13, 2013.

Fenichel, Emily. "Michelangelo's Portait Medal: Self-Fashioning the Religious Artist." Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, New York, NY, March 26-30, 2014.

Hyland, Matthew. "Historic Preservation and New Deal Key West." Florida Conference of Historians, Saint Augustine, FL, January 30-February 2, 2014.

Li, Jing. "Three China-Naysayers and American Media: The Cases of Chang, Peter Navarro, and Ping Fu." The International Conference on the Comparative Study of China and the West: Bringing Disciplines Together, Beijing, CHINA, July 16, 2013.

Parsons, Elaine. "The Kuklux and the Rise of the Detective in the Reconstruction-Era." Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, GA, April 9-12, 2014.

--. "Representing the Ku-Klux Klan in History Textbooks, 1882-2010." Association of State and Local Historians Convention, Jacksonville, FL, October 3-4, 2013.

Parsons, Jotham. "État de vie, Morals, and Education in the Seventeenth Century." Western Society for French History 2013 Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 24-26, 2013.

Sienkewicz, Julia. "Epic, Ode, Image?: Classical Reference in the Watercolors of Benjamin Henry Latrobe." Classical Association of the Midwest and South, Waco, TX, April 4-6, 2014.

--. "At Sea without a Guiding Star: Uncertain Selfhood in the Atlantic Watercolors of Benjamin Henry Latrobe." American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, March 20-23, 2014.

--. "Of Place and Displacement: Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Immigrant Landscapes." Poignant Prospects: Landscape and the Environment in American Visual Culture, 1750-1890, CHAVIC, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, October 31-November 4, 2013.

Simpson, Andrew. "'We will gladly join you in partnership in Harrisburg, or see you in court': The Growth of Large Not-for-Profits and Consequences of Renaissance in the New Pittsburgh." Society for City and Regional Planning History, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, October 4-6, 2013.

Steinmetz, Charles. "The Aulihan Rebellion 1916 and the Fate of Jubaland." Kenya Scholars and Studies Association Conference, Bowling Green, OH, September 5-7, 2013.

Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony

On Friday, April 11, 2014, we inducted 23 new members into the Epsilon Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society. You can view the photo album from the day's events on our Facebook page.


Student Awards

On Friday, April 11, 2014, we presented the Jean E. Hunter Writing History Award and the Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History to two outstanding students, Gesue Staltari and Gannam Rifkah, respectively. For more about our student awards, visit our Undergraduate History Program Awards page. You can also view photos from the award ceremony on our Facebook page.

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Gesue Staltari, 2014 recipient of the Jean E. Hunter Writing History Award


Student Presentations

Western PA Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference

On Saturday, March 25, 2014, three of our graduate students attended and presented papers at the Western PA Regional Phi Alpha Theta Student Conference at Slippery Rock University. Aaron O'Data (Public History), Carrie Hadley (Public History), and Lauren Van Zandt (Public History) all received awards for their papers. Their paper titles:


Hadley, Carrie. "'History' Painting? The Fictional Literary Influences of John Gadsby Chapman's Baptism Pocahontas."

O'Data, Aaron."Disguising Northern-ness: Confederate Commemoration and Northern Ambitions in Richmond, Virginia."

Van Zandt, Lauren. "Slavery and Sentimentality: the Columbus Doors."

6th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, four of our undergraduate students presented their work at the 6th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium. Participating students were:

Maggie Betschart -

presented a poster session with Justine Huber entitled, "Home Sweet Home," as a result of work completed in Dr. Julia Sienkewicz's American Home course in Spring 2013. 

Justine Huber - 

presented a poster session with Maggie Betschart entitled, "Home Sweet Home," as a result of work completed in Dr. Julia Sienkewicz's American Home course in Spring 2013.

Abigail Jones -

presented a poster session as well as a public presentation on "John Vanderlyn's Visual and Political Representation of George Washington" from a paper written in her American Painting and Sculpture course in the fall 2013 semester.

Michael Praskovich - 

presented a poster session entitled, "55 Dixie Hippies: Hippies and their search for Nirvana in the Southern United States." In his abstract, he argues that in 1970 the countercultural "Flower Children" and "New Left" movements of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood combine into one and migrated from the "Haight" with the goal of "Saving the World." Hippies had spread throughout the United States settling down in communes founded largely independent of the mass-mediated image of Hippie "free-love" and drug-experimentation; instead, post-Haight-Ashbury Hippies opted for self-sufficiency and living of the land. Given the South's history as a bastion of tolerance, it would seem futile for Hippies to have settled and start communes throughout the Southern states. This research analyzes the mechanics, and also presents the narrative of three Southern Hippie communes: The Farm in Tennesse, the "Tight Squeeze" in Georgia, and the Long Branch Hotel in Louisiana. These communes are of particular interest because of the bold decision to settle in the part of the nation notoriously known for stubbornly defending antiquated ideologies throughout the 20th century.

You can view the photo album for the event on our Facebook page.

 

EVENTS

A Model for Aslym: An Exhibition of the Series by Andrew Hairstans

On March 25, 2014, the Art History Program, in collaboration with the Dean's Office of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, hosted its inaugural exhibit opening and artist's lecture, featuring artist Andrew Hairstans, Associate Professor of Art at Auburn University Montgomery. The exhibit ran from March 25, 2014, to April 12, 2014, in the University's Les Idees Gallery in the student union. 

For more information about this particular exhibit, as well as plans for future exhibits, visit the Art History Program's Exhibits page.