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WIU's 40th Annual History Conference May 9

March 2, 2015

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MACOMB, MOLINE, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of History's 40th annual History Conference will be held Saturday, May 9 on the WIU Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL.

The conference runs from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and will feature a keynote address by Professor Timothy Roberts, who will talk about a collection of Civil War love letters he is editing. The letters were written by a soldier and his wife, both of Lewistown, IL, and their letters discuss the antiwar "Copperheads" movement and the war's impact on the families of western Illinois.

The schedule for this year's conference includes:

• 8-9:10 a.m. - Registration in Riverfront Building foyer; continental breakfast

• 9:20-10:10 a.m. - "American Women in Science," by Professor Virginia Boynton; "Democracy and its Discontents in Action," by Professor Edward Woell and "Legacies of the Columbian Exchange," by Professor Greg Hall.

• 10:20-11:10 a.m. – "Eisenhower's Influence on 1965 Escalation," by Professor Richard Filipink; "Finding Blackhawk: Before, During and After the 1832 Conflict," by Professor Virginia Jelatis and "Online Resources for Teaching European History," by Professor Ute Chamberlin.

• 11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – "San Francisco Longshore Workers Fight Apartheid," by Professor Peter Cole; "World War II in Japanese and Chinese Films," by Professor Febe Pamonag; and a graduate student research panel.

• 12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

• 1 p.m. – Welcome and introduction of Roberts as keynote speaker and his address, "'I Need Your Care and Protection Worse Than Old Abe Does': The Civil War Love Letters of Two Illinois Copperheads."

Registration for the public is $35 before April 6 and $50 after and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration for full-time students and retired or emeritus faculty members is $15 and includes breakfast and lunch.

Attendees of the conference are eligible to receive five Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs). Registration can be mailed to the WIU Department of History, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455.

For more information about the conference, contact WIU Department of History Chair Simon Cordery at

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