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3 History Grad Students Make 4 Conference Presentations in Fall 2010

Nov 10, 2010

Three History graduate students - Abby Lagemann, Victoria Stewart, and Leevia Barnett -- gave four academic conference presentations on their original historical research in Fall 2010, Dr. Greg Hall, the History Department's Director of Graduate Studies, announced. All four presentations were supported by grant funding.

Two of the History graduate students gave presentations at professional academic conferences. Abby Lagemann of Pittsfield presented a paper based on her Master's thesis research entitled, "A Decade of Disorder? Crime and Punishment in the Cheshire Quarter Sessions During the 1590s" at the Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, hosted by Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, in August 2010. Ms. Lagemann, whose paper was mentored by Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Associate Professor of History, was awarded grants this Fall from the WIU School of Graduate Studies' Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund and from the WIU College of Arts and Sciences, to help defray her conference-related travel expenses. She originally conducted portions of the research upon which the paper was based with the assistance of a Graduate Research Grant from the WIU History Department's Professor Emeritus Fund.

Victoria Stewart of Chicago gave her presentation on "William H. Randolph: His Life, Death, and the Trial of His Murderers" at the Twelfth Annual Conference on Illinois History, sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, and held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois, in October 2010. Ms. Stewart, whose paper was mentored by Dr. Timothy M. Roberts, Assistant Professor of History, was awarded a WIU History Professor Emeritus Grant to help defray her conference-related travel expenses. She later presented a revised version of her conference paper, "William Randolph: Local Legend, Murdered Martyr," at the McDonough County Historical Society Meeting, held at Macomb's Western Illinois Museum, in November 2010.

Two History graduate students gave presentations of their research at regional graduate history conferences this Fall. Victoria Stewart presented her research paper, "Deconstructing Texts: Understanding and Defining Christian Marriage According to Martin Luther, King Henry VIII, Juan Luis Vives, and Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus," at Northern Illinois University's Third Annual Graduate History Conference, held in DeKalb, Illinois, in October 2010. Ms. Stewart, whose paper was mentored by Dr. Jennifer McNabb, was awarded a Professor Emeritus Grant by the WIU History Department to help defray her conference-related travel expenses.

Leevia Barnett of Bluffs presented "The Civil Rights Movement in High School U.S. History Textbooks" at the Twelfth Annual Graduate Conference in African-American History, hosted by the University of Memphis in November 2010. Ms. Barnett, whose paper was mentored by Dr. Barclay Key, Assistant Professor of History, was awarded grants this Fall from the WIU School of Graduate Studies' Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund and from the College of Arts and Sciences, to help defray her conference-related travel expenses.

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