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2012 Annual History Conference

Mar 24, 2012

The WIU History Department's 37th Annual History Conference, coordinated by Dr. Barclay Key, was held on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The afternoon's Larry T. Balsamo Keynote Address was given by Dr. Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor Emeritus of History at UCLA. Dr. Howe's book, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, published by Oxford University Press, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for 2008.

Open to all interested in History, the Annual History Conference featured concurrent presentations in the morning by members of the WIU History Department's faculty. Faculty presentations included topics in American, European, Asian, and Middle Eastern history. In addition, members of the WIU Political Science Department also gave a panel presentation.

Illinois public school teachers in History and social studies earned CPDUs for participating in the Annual History Conference.

On the Friday evening preceding the Conference, the History Department hosted a Pre-Conference Reception in the Sandburg Lounge for all those attending the conference.

Awards announced at the Conference included the winner of the 2012 Pasquini Award, Ms. Kady Fairfield, and the 2012-12 Dykstra Scholar, Ms. Katie Benson, (see links in box to right).

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