April 1, 2018 at 7:15 pm

12th Annual Undergraduate History Conference, April 20

The Ohio University History Department hosted its 12th Annual Undergraduate History Conference on Friday, April 20, 9:30am – 5pm in Bentley Annex 402.

College of Arts & Sciences Department of History artwork with civil war cannonThe conference featured three panels of student presentations. It will conclude with an awards ceremony that will announce this year’s inductees into the Phi Alpha Theta honor society as well as the 2018 winners of the Randolph Stone Historical Writing Contest and a variety of departmental scholarships and fellowships.

Conference Program

Friday, April 20

9:15 a.m.: Conference Opening

9:30 – 11 a.m.: United States History: from the Founding Fathers to Gerrymandering
Chair: Dr. Alec Holcombe

  • Carly Greiner, “The Founding Fathers and their Affairs”
  • Benjamin Ekelman, “The Debates at the Federal Convention: the structural ideation of governmental representation and the hindering democratic process of gerrymandering in the 21st century”
  • Ryan Kline, “Pain, Power, and Politics: The Violent Difference between the Ku Klux Klan in the Eastern and Western Black Belts of Alabama during Reconstruction”

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Histories of Public Spaces
Chair: Dr. Assan Sarr

  • Kristina Estle, “The History of the Churches in Barnesville, Ohio, 1803-1903”
  • Kristin Osborne, “This Noble Ruin: Doune Castle’s Relationship to Popular Culture and Heritage”

1:30 – 3 p.m.: European History: From Rome to Vichy France
Chair: Dr. Miriam Shadis

  • Precious Oluwasanya, “Peace of the Gods: Octavian Caesar and the Political Power of Religion in Ancient Rome”
  • Francisco Cintron, “‘Immersed in the Snares of Apostasy’: Martyrdom and Dissent in Early Al-Andalus”
  • Michael Gerber, “Models for the New Man: National Regeneration and Cultural Revisionism in French Education, 1940-1944”

3:15 – 5 p.m.: Prizes, Awards, and Honors Announcements

  • Randolph Stone Historical Writing Contest
  • Department of History Scholarship Awards
  • Phi Alpha Theta Induction
  • Reception


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