They Came, They Saw, They Presented--SHUR CONFERENCE MAY 1-2 at MSU

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 1, 2015 - May 2, 2015

This year's Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR) has come and gone from Mississippi State University.

Students from across the nation had the opportunity to present and discuss their work in the format of an academic history conference. The theme of the symposium this year was “Reconnecting the Dots: Fresh Perspectives on History.”

Drs. Julia Osman and Matt Lavine were conference organizers. The History Department offset the costs of one night’s lodging for presenters and provided a BBQ banquet on Friday night.

Many of the participants went for a tour of Noxubee Refuge at the conclusion of the conference.

The Program was as follows:


The More Things Change: Continuity and Disruption in History


History Department

Mississippi State University

May 1-2, 2015





         Colvard Student Union 330


FIRST ROUND OF PANELS, 5:00-6:15 p.m.


Panel 1A: Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times

            Colvard Student Union, room 328

Sierriana Terry, North Carolina Central University

Sisters Of The Holy Family: Afro-Creole Nuns Educating Young Girls in Antebellum New Orleans

Nathan Siegel, Swarthmore College

Basque Women and Boardinghouse Work: How Immigrants and Their Children Constructed Livelihoods in Idaho

Kristen Johnson, Midwestern State University

Henrietta’s Fate: Rural Community Decline and Local Persistence on the Northwest Texas Plains

Comment: Dr. Shalyn Claggett



Panel 2A: European Politics in the Modern Age

            Colvard Student Union, room 329 

Richard Bordelon, Fordham University

“Yes, of course there are problems…”: Margaret Thatcher’s Objection to German Reunification and its Effects

Steven Vickers, Auburn University

A Different Shade of Green: the Rise of the Green Party in Ireland, 1981-1992

Comment:  Dr. William Anthony Hay







         Mitchell Memorial Library Auditorium


Dr. Tabetha Ewing

Finding the Archive of Extradition: on Runaway Wives, Fugitive Slaves, Spies, Counterfeiters, & Dissident Writers in the Age of Kings



Little Dooey BBQ

complimentary to participants, $20 for guests






         McCool Hall Atrium, First Floor




Panel 1B:  20th Century War and Propaganda

            McCool Hall, room 126

Nathan Maulorico, Drury University

How Propaganda Filmmaking from the Great War Era Influences the Modern World

Andrew Ring, University of Saint Thomas

Eliminating the Last Capitalist Class: An Analysis of Kulak Stereotypes in Soviet Animated Propaganda

Rachael Damms, Mississippi University for Women

A Gendered Analysis of the Imagery and Metaphor in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove

Comment: Dr. Stephen Brain





Panel 2B:  Building Communities and the Environment

            McCool Hall, room 128

Emily Moses, University of Montevallo

“Spark in The Magic City”

Danny Russell, Arkansas State University

Seeds of Success: Weiner, Arkansas and the Birth of the Northeast Arkansas Rice Industry

Heidi Coon, Boise State University

Man Made Paradise: The Boise Water Project

Comment: Dr. Mark Hersey


Panel 3B: Gender and Politics in the 1960s

            McCool Hall, room 130

Brett Leigh Bennett, University of Georgia

The Forgotten Radical: Southern Women and the New Left Student Protests of the 1960s

Tierra Melvin, Grambling State University

“I will fight until I can’t fight anymore. I don’t mind the challenge”: Shirley Chisholm and Battling Inequality in America

Rachel Christine Fulk, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

“I don’t think I’m bad, although I do things she would probably frown upon”: Tensions between a mother and daughter in the transformative society of the 1960s

Comment:  Dr. Marsha Barrett




Panel 1C: Many People, One State: Texas in the 19th Century

            McCool Hall, room 126 

Christopher Freeman, Midwestern State University

Two Worlds, One Big Pasture:  Quanah Parker and Burk Burnett – the Social, Economic, and Cultural Implications of Anglo/Indian Associations in the Oklahoma and Texas Borderlands

Conisha Hackett, Tougaloo College

“To Protect and Serve”: An Examination of Mississippi Murders during the Culture of Lynching from 1930 to 1956

Comment: Dr. Peter Messer


Panel 2C: Liberty and Lipstick: American Women Escaping their Boundaries

            McCool Hall, room 128

Benedict Gerard Chatelain, Western Michigan University

Rebellion through Religion:  Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family University

Kelsey Lamkin, Middle Tennessee State University

The Desperate Drive for Perfection: Changing Beauty Ideals of the 1920s

Comment:  Dr. Julia Osman


COFFEE BREAK, 10:30-11:00




Panel 1D: History through the Ages: from Thucydides to the Digital Humanities

            McCool Hall, room 126

Carl Garris, University of South Carolina

Medieval Identity Theft: Using X-ray Polarization to Read an Erased Ownership Inscription in a Thirteenth-Century English Bible

Sami Slenker, Colorado State University

An Evolving Lens: How the Digitalization of Cartography Redefines Central American History

Eryn Pritchett, Murray State University

What is History?  An Investigation into the use of Rhetoric in Thucydides

Comment:  Dr. Judith Ridner




Panel 2D: Atrocity and Reconciliation in War

            McCool Hall, room 128 

Kevin McPartland, University of Alabama

"Heart-Rending Spectacle": Executions and Morale in the Confederate Armies

Nathan Parsons, University of St. Thomas

Fatal Progressivism: How The Movement’s Conflicting Views Justified American Atrocities in the Philippines

Brianna E. Kirk, Gettysburg College

Jeff Davis, A Sour Apple Tree, and Treason: Fear in the Post-Civil War North

Comment: Dr. Richard Damms


LUNCH, 12:30-1:30

Box lunches, McCool Hall

         Complimentary for participants; $10 for guests

Transportation available to Comfort Suites and back




Panel 1E: Behind the Scenes: Training, Nursing, and Researching in American Wars

            McCool Hall, room 126

Laura Galbraith, Joseph Hadwal, Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls At War: Call Field Pilot Training During The Great War

Krista Mehrl, University of St. Thomas

American Women and Their Significance in Vietnam: “Not Just a Nurse”

Lauren Elizabeth Cole, University of Georgia

The Tests at Bikini Atoll: A History of Complex Legal Repercussions

Comment:  Dr. Matthew Lavine


Panel 2E: 19th Century American Wars

            McCool Hall, room 128

Phillips, Daniel, Hastings College

They Also Bled: Native and African-Americans in the Kansas Territory, 1840-1860

William Barron, Murray State University

1812: The Forgotten War

Comment: Dr. Andy Lang and Dr. Kathryn Barbier





Panel 1F: African American struggles and triumphs in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

            McCool Hall, room 126

Zachary Hoffman, Ashland University

Not a Killer, Solider, or Subject: Frederick Douglass and American Citizenship

Emily Smith, Mississippi State University

Mississippi School Integration: Choices and Consequences

Walton Chaney, Mississippi State University

Civil Rights in Mississippi, Espionage and Neshoba County.

Comment: Dr. Jason Ward


Panel 2F: Not always what they seem: Redefining Slavery and the Military

            McCool Hall, room 128

Scott Cardwell, University of Idaho                       

Myths and Misconceptions in the United States Military: Redefining the Traditional Roles of African-American, Women and Homosexuals

Andrew Prignano, Elmhurst College

Capitalistic Slavery

Comment: Dr. Julia Osman



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