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2015 Phi Alpha Theta Graduate Conference


Dr. Edward B. Westermann - Texas A&M University - San Antonio
Colonizing the Nazi East and Conquering the American West: Comparing Processes of Conquest and Genocide

Recorded November 14, 2015


Conference Presentations

Public History Panel  
Faculty Commentator | Dr. Nancy Berlage, Assistant Professor, Texas State University
Student Moderator | Mary Murphy, Graduate Student, Texas State University

  • Gaetan Carpentier, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “The French Resistance during World War II: its Myth and its Memory in Cinematographic Arts”
  • Kathleen DesOrmeaux, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “The Rise of the Modern Museum”
  • Kimberley Diedrich, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “The Rise and Fall of the Parlor and its Successor, the Living Room”

Religious History Panel  
Faculty Commentator | Dr. Margaret Menninger, Associate Professor, Texas State University
Student Moderator | William A. Stridde, Graduate Student, Texas State University

  • Emily Baca, Undergraduate, Texas State University | “Having Faith in Reason”
  • Nicholas Brown, Undergraduate, Texas A&M-Kingsville | “Convinced of a Vast Conspiracy”: Richard Burtsell, Michael Corrigan, and the Ideological Battle for Catholicism”
  • Erin C. Murphy, Undergraduate, Texas State University | “The Lost Genocide: How the Albigensian Crusade Cemented the Power of the Church”

Texas History Panel
Faculty Commentator | Mr. Dan Utley, Lecturer, Texas State University
Student Moderator | Michael Naumann, Graduate Student, Texas State University

  • Roger L. Booker, Jr., Graduate Alumni, Texas State University | “The Brownsville and Camp Logan Riots: Justice Denied”
  • Ethan Raath, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “The Roots of Segregation and their Influence on the Early Civil Rights Movement in Austin, Texas”
  • Rachel Toronjo, Graduate Student, Texas State University |  “Unequal Protection: Environmental Racism in Houston”

Gender and Human Sexuality Panel
Faculty Commentator | Dr. Jessica Pliley, Assistant Professor, Texas State University  
Student Moderator | Rachael Lunsford, Graduate Student, Texas State University

  • Kathryn Hedger, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “A Womb of Iron and Gold”
  • Chad McFadon, Graduate Alumni, Texas State University | “At Least You're Not Sexually Harassing Me”: Women and Work in the 1980s and 1990s, An Oral History”
  • Mary Murphy, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Controlling Sex in Liberia during World War II”

Concurrent Poster Session  
Commentators | Dr. Lynn Denton, Public History Program Director, Texas State University
Margaret Vaverek, Reference/Faculty Outreach Librarian, Alkek Library

  • Malak Carrillo, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Vitality of a Record: an Indexing Project of Massive Proportions”
  • Kathleen DesOrmeaux, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Evolution of the Castle: Military Stronghold to Cultural Icon”
  • Heather M. Haley, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “The Poppy Appeal: Allied Commemoration of the Great War”

Military History Panel
Faculty Commentator | Dr. Ellen Tillman, Assistant Professor, Texas State University
Student Moderator | Christopher Simons, Graduate Student, Texas State University

  • John E. Aylesworth, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Winding Trail to Viet Nam: 1942-1956”
  • Edward A. Erdmann III, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Naval Diplomacy in Young America, 1814-1854: Wow Them with Power”
  • Heather M. Haley, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Ranch Hands and Orange Clouds: Herbicidal Warfare and Counterinsurgency Doctrine in the Vietnam War”

Music and Music Culture Panel  
Faculty Commentator | Dr. Gary Hartman, Director of the Center for Texas Music History
Student Moderator | Ethan Raath, Graduate Student, Texas State University

  • Joseph Fox, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Lone Star Brewing: Beer, Country Music, and the Texas Mystique”
  • Rachael Lunsford, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Why Don't We Just Dance: A Look at the Social Dancing Atmosphere of Country Dancing”
  • Jennifer Ruch, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “Your Turntable’s Not Dead: The Peculiar Resurgence of Vinyl Records in the Digital Age”

British History Panel  
Faculty Commentators | Dr. Caroline Ritter, Assistant Professor, Texas State University
Dr. Shannon Duffy, Senior Lecturer, Texas State University
Student Moderator | Malak Carrillo, Graduate Student, Texas State University

  • Cheryl Coulthard, Doctoral Student, Texas A&M University | “Reassessing the Influence of Anne Boleyn on the Henrician Reformation”
  • Lisa D. Merritt, Graduate Alumni, Texas State University | “Restoring Lustre to Virtue: The Triumph of Propriety in the Popular Press in Eighteenth-Century London”
  • Jacob Troublefield, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “This Visit is an Experiment”: A Group of Pygmies Tour England and Meet Anthropologists, but Did the Experiment Pan Out?”

Political Mobilization Panel  
Faculty Commentator | Dr. Mary Brennan, History Department Chair, Texas State University
Student Moderator | Edward A. Erdmann, III, Graduate Student, Texas State University

  • Emma Long, Graduate Student, University of New Orleans | “Go with the Group”: Melanie Boulet, Memory, and the New Orleans Teacher Strike of 1990”
  • Christian Ruth, Graduate Student, University of Kentucky | “The "Bitter World”: Famine and Human Rights in the Horn of Africa”
  • Danielle Smith, Graduate Student, Texas State University | “You are Destined for Serving the Cow and Nothing Else": Mahatma Gandhi's Political Mobilization of Madeleine Slade”