Current Students Present Their Research

Doors to the PastAll MU history students, from junior history majors to senior graduate students, participate in research.  This year, a number of history majors were able to participate in original research projects and public presentations in John Krugler’s Applied History class, which focused on the preservation of historic houses (or the failure to preserve them, in some cases).  Working in teams, the students (which included several MA students) presented their findings at a public forum in late April and created an e-book.  The book, called Doors to the Past, is available through ITunes or the IBook store at

Three of the undergraduates in Applied History presented papers on their research at the Wisconsin Humanities Conference at UW-Platteville in April.  Chaired by John Krugler, the session was called “A Clash of Values: Historic Preservation and Urban Renewal,” and included papers by MA student Hannah Zimmerman (“Historic Preservation by Relocation: Interpreting the Benjamin Church House”; undergraduate (and retired jurist) Dennis Sage (“Creating an Urban Campus in Milwaukee”); and senior Taylor McNeir (“Progress versus Preservation: The Demolition of the Plankinton Mansion”).

Several history majors participated in the first annual MU undergraduate humanities conference on April 5. Their names and topics were:

*Joseph Donahue: “The White Boys’ Magazine: Racism and Masculinity in Lone Scout, 1915-1924”

*Jeffrey Ocwieja, “Abraham Lincoln and the Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus: Memory and Application in the War on Terror”

*Anna Alioto, “The Forrest Home Cemetery: Reconstructing Life from Death”

Two undergraduates were also closely involved with the publication of the booklet MacArthur Memorial Week: Duty, Honor, Country, which was produced in conjunction with a program of speakers and symposia commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first MacArthur Memorial Week and with the relocation of the statue of Gen. Douglas MacArthur (who had close ties to Milwaukee) to the War Memorial Center on the lakefront.  David Schenk edited the booklet and Laurel Hogan was among the group of people who helped.

Graduate students were also busy presenting at conferences.

*John Callebert (MA) presented part of his MA essay, "Scandola e Vergogna: The Construction of Umiltà da Faenza’s Sainthood, 1226-1280," at the Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in June.

*Alissa D. Condon delivered “Equal Citizens in a Free State? Irish Ex-Servicemen of the First World War” at the Irish Studies in an international context Conference at University College, Dublin, in June.

*Aaron Hyams received the best paper award at the University of Northern Illinois graduate student conference for "United States v. Heyfronand the Question of American Indian Citizenship under Allotment."

*Jeff Ramsey delivered papers at two conferences.  At the Northern Great Plains History Conference in Hudson, Wisconsin, he presented “A ‘New’ Conference: Incorporating Women into the Big Ten in the Wake of Title IX,” while at the Midwest Popular Culture Association in St. Louis he read “Big Men On Campus: The Administrative History of Title XI in the Big Ten, 1970-1976.”

*McKayla Sutton delivered “Industrializing the Bucolic Countryside: Nature, Sense of Place, and the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme” at the Irish Studies in an international context Conference at University College, Dublin, in June.

*Michelle Weber delivered “When Does Our Liberation Come? The Policing of Homosexuality in American Occupied Germany, 1945-1949” at the Knowledge in the Making: Women’s, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

*Two MA students participated in the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Marcus Bouterse presented “Metaphorical Refuse and the Crystal Palace, 1851: Nature Left Defenseless Against the Ambitions of England,” while Hannah Werner delivered “Lady Florence Dixie Reconsidered: Surveying the Conventional Foundations of an Unconventional Victorian Woman.” 




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