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Six History Grad Students Make Regional Conference Presentations

Oct 5, 2009

Six WIU History graduate students presented conference papers on their research at three different state and regional professional academic conferences in early October.

Two History graduate students mentored by Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Associate Professor of History, presented research papers at the Thirty-first Mid-America Conference on History, hosted by the University of Oklahoma on October 1-3. Beth Carlson presented her research on "Realism and Skepticism in Early Modern English Witchcraft Tracts." Abby Lagemann presented her research paper, "Suffered to Live Very Disorderly: Vagrancy in Early Modern England." Both students' conference presentations were supported by History Professor Emeritus Research Grants.

Two other History graduate students mentored by Dr. Timothy Roberts, Assistant Professor of History, presented research papers at the Eleventh Conference on Illinois History, hosted by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in Springfield, Illinois on October 1-2. Tim Ballard presented his paper, "Old School Higher Education: McDonough College in its Educational and Social Context." Eric Wiley presented his paper, "A Time to Build: An Examination of the Controversy of the Polish Land Claim in Winnebago County, Illinois, from 1834 to 1842."

Two additional History graduate students mentored by Dr. Virginia Leonard, Professor of History, presented research papers at the Conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA), hosted by Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, on October 1-3. Aaron Davis, presented "Victoriano Huerta: American Influence in the Mexican Presidency During the Revolution, 1913-1914." Mr. Davis's conference presentation was supported by a Research and Professional Development Award from the WIU Graduate School. Roger Mohr presented his research on "The Politics of Desire: Sexuality and Community Formation in Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Brazil." In addition, one of Dr. Leonard's undergraduate students, Nate Munier, presented his paper on "Colombia's Conflict from a Dependency Theory Perspective" at the same conference.

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