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News release from IPFW:

IPFW Students Showcase Outstanding History Research

(January 28, 2016) — On February 6, 17 students from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will present their work at the Eighth Annual History Department Undergraduate Conference. The students, who major in history, secondary education, psychology, women’s studies, and legal studies, will present their papers based on the research they conducted in their upper-level history classes at IPFW.

The conference takes place from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center. This event is free and open to the public. Register for the conference here. Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees.

The conference will feature panels on these topics:

8:50-10:10 a.m. panel: “CIA and the Cold War”

  • Katie Sherrod (History), “Operation TPAJAX: The CIA’s First Power Trip”
  • Cody Fuelling (History/Secondary Education), “To the Brink: Turkish and Cuban Missiles during the Height of the Cold War”
  • Seth Carpenter-Nichols (History), “The Cuban Missile Crisis: Kennedy’s Quest for Peace”
  • Korey Nowels (Social Studies Education), “Combating an Independent Spirit: How the CIA’s Sense of Operational Autonomy Has Stymied Congressional Oversight”
  • Chair/Moderator: Deborah Bauer, Ph.D. (History)

10:20-11:20 a.m. panel: “Heresy and War”

  • Aaron Ostermeyer (History), “The Veneration of Icons in Byzantine Society”
  • Alexander Welker (History), “The Spirit of Leningrad during World War II”
  • Andrew Hakes (History), “Babi Yar: A Closer Look at Holocaust in the Soviet Union”
  • Chair/Moderator: Suzanne LaVere, Ph.D. (History)

11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m. panel: “Explorations in American Culture”

  • Carmen Hamilton (History/Psychology), “The Ouija Board: The Convergence of American Spiritualism and Capitalism in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries”
  • Fyodor S. Wheeler (History), “Empires of the Air: The Beginning of Radio”
  • Fiona Sackett (History), “‘At Least They Aren’t Wearing Pants!’: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League”
  • Chair/Moderator: Jeffrey Malanson, Ph.D. (History)

1:15-2:15 p.m. panel: “Mexico: Domestic Transformations and International Relations”

  • Bre Anne Briskey (Psychology), “The Struggle for Recognition”
  • Heather Dewey (History), “The Historic and Contemporary Literature of the Causality of Article 27 and Re-emergence of the Mexican Ejido”
  • Nathan Garstka (History), “The Zimmerman Telegram”
  • Chair/Moderator: Richard Weiner, Ph.D. (History)

2:20-3:40 p.m. panel: “United States as Works in Progress”

  • Brittney Pearson Kattau (Secondary Education-Social Studies), “Lynching and the Racial Oppression of Black America”
  • Delaney Cole (History), “The Little Rock Crisis: A Time of Defiance, Division, and Unlikely Friendships”
  • Melissa Norton (History/WOST), “Ballad of Jimmy Carter: Southern Rock and Presidential Election of 1976”
  • Katlynn Rushing (Legal Studies), “Roe v. Wade: An Analytical Response of the United States Supreme Court Decision”
  • Chair/Moderator: David Schuster, Ph.D. (History)

“The conference provides an opportunity for our best students to share their research with an audience of their classmates, faculty from the history and other departments, their parents, and interested members of the Fort Wayne community,” said Ann Livschiz, associate professor of history. “It’s an opportunity for students, some of whom are planning to go to graduate school, to get experience with conference dynamics. And for all students, it is an important opportunity to develop public speaking and oral communication skills and the confidence that comes with these skills.”


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