History Graduate Awardees

April 12th, 2013

At Graduate Student Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom on April 11, 2013, several awards were to members of the History Department as Eastern Illinois.

Distinguished Graduate Students:

  • Benjamin Ill, Master of Arts in History, presented by Dr. Charles Foy, Professor of History
  • Anna Mullen, Master of Arts in History; Historical Administration Option, presented by Dr. Nora Pat Small, Graduate Coordinator

Williams Travel Grant recipients for travel to present papers at conferences from the Master of Arts in History graduate program:

  • Nathan Allison
  • Ljiljana Milojevic
  • Philip Mohr
  • Benjamin Ill
  • Patrick Vonesh

Jason Miller, Master of Arts in History, was the recipient of the 2013 Thesis Award of Excellence in the College of Arts & Humanities for A Neighbors’ War:  Provost Marshals, Desertion, The Draft, And Political Violence on the Central Illinois Home Front, 1861-1865, mentored by Dr. Mark Voss-Hubbard.

Dr. Newton Key, Graduate Faculty member in the Master of Arts in History, was the 2013 Rodney S. Ranes Graduate Faculty Mentor Award recipient.

History and Tarble Go Steampunk

April 3rd, 2013

Thomas J. Brown, associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina, will deliver a lecture onThe Steampunk Civil War” at Tarble Arts Center, Monday, April 15, at 7 pm.  Professor  Brown is the author or editor of Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial (2011), Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States (2006), and other works. The talk is free and open to the public and is presented in conjunction with Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier, an exhibition presented by the Eastern Illinois University Historical Administration class of 2013, and the Tarble Arts Center, April-July 2013. The talk is sponsored by the EIU History Department and the Tarble. An open reception follows.

Paige, Baseball, Civil Rights: the lecture

March 19th, 2013

Satchel Paige—the third African-American to desegregate major league baseball at the remarkable age of 42—remains a American icon. His fascinating life and legacy will be explored by his biographer Dr. Donald Spivey of the University of Miami, on April 1 (Doudna Lecture Hall, 7pm). Dr. Spivey’s talk is entitled “Satchel Paige and Black Baseball in the Rethinking of the Civil Rights Movement.” The talk is part of the Barry D. Riccio Lecture Series.

Swing Jazz History

February 3rd, 2013

Newton Key will introduce two film selections on Swing Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s, and then moderate discussion, Thursday, 7 February 2013, 7-9 p.m., in Buzzard Hall Auditorium. The films, each about 25 minutes, are a selection from Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6, Swing, the Velocity of Celebration; and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The brief introduction attempts to contextualize the Swing rebellion and to link sounds and events then with those of the 1970s and beyond. This free presentation is open to the public and connected with the America’s Music exhibit at Booth Library.

History Careers Day Schedule & Registration

February 1st, 2013

The History Department at Eastern Illinois University invites all interested students to their first History Careers Day to be held on 22 February 2013 from 10—3 in Room 4440 of Booth Library. Each session will begin with a fast round of brief presentations (5-6 minutes each) and then open it up to questions about innovations in history research, opportunities for grants, awards, and future study, etc. The morning sessions feature current graduate and undergraduate students and a few of the department faculty. The afternoon sessions are devoted to reports from the front from alumni employed in a variety of fields. (Organizers; Sace Elder, Newton Key, Brian Mann, Nora Small )

Register today! (All sessions and the lunch are free; but space/food is limited. So click here to register now – it takes seconds.)

  • 10:00-10:50 Student session
  1. Emily Scarbrough, “Suffrage and Antisuffrage in Illinois”
  2. Clare Smith, “Stuart Images of Henry VIII”
  3. Pat Vonesh, “Transcultural Identities Among Blacks and Whites in Britain, 1950-1980”
  4. Philip Mohr, “Housing E.I.U.’s G.I.s and Married Students”
  • 11:00-11:50: Faculty session (Professors of History at EIU)
  1. Newton Key, “News Networks in the 17th and 21st Centuries”
  2. Brian Mann, “Researching Modern Iranian History”  
  3. Ed Wehrle, “The View from Camp David”
  4. Anita Shelton, “Translating History” 
  • 12:00-12:50: Lunch (provided)
  1. Study Abroad
  • 1:00-1:50 and 2:00-2:50: Alumni session (2x)
  1. Ryan Blankenship, Managing Director, Mathematics and Statistics, McGraw-Hill Higher Education 
  2. Marc Anderson, Product Manager, Congressional and Historical Collections, ProQuest
  3. Amanda Bryden, State Sites Collection Manager, Indiana State Museum and State Historic Sites, New Harmony State Historic Site 
  4. Bobbi Kingery, Career Counselor, College of Arts & Humanities
  5. Amanda Standerfer, Adult Division Head Librarian, Decatur Public Library
  • 3:00 Career Day Ends.  Note: all participants are invited the keynote talk by Dr. Christopher Olsen, 7 pm in Doudna Lecture Hall.

History Careers Day Keynote Announced

February 1st, 2013

Noted historian Dr. Christopher Olsen, chair and professor of the History at Indiana State, will deliver the first History Careers Day keynote lecture at 7 p.m., February 22, 2013 at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall. “Crooks, Drunks, and Bandits: Voting in Antebellum America,” offers a lively take on the pre-Civil War American electorate. Dr. Olsen is author of several books including Political Culture and Secession in Mississippi: Masculinity, Honor, and the Antiparty Tradition, 1830-1860 (Oxford U. P., 2000) and The American Civil War: A Hands-On History (Hill and Wang, 2006). The schedule for other History Careers Day events/workshops elsewhere on the Eastern Illinois University campus will be posted shortly.

20th-century U.S. History Undergraduates Explore Ethno-musicology

January 27th, 2013

Songcatcher. Students in HIS 5350: Twentieth Century U.S. Cultural and Social History presented a public program on January 22, 2013 as part of the series, America’s Music: A Film History of our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, on display at EIU’s Booth Library, January 11-April 6, 2013. Music history requires interdisciplinary research that draws on history, anthropology, sociology and musicology. It all comes together during field work. This program explored the process that ethno-musicologists engaged in during the early twentieth century to document folk music, through the feature-length film, Songcatcher (2001). Students considered how musicologists established a research agenda and conducted their field work, how technological limitations and innovations affected it, and how insiders related to and interacted with outsiders in folk music collecting. Molly Brown, Logan Bruce, Felicia Comacho, Danielle DiGiacomo, Joshua Jordan, Daniel Lund, Anna Mullen, Clarissa Thompson, Daniel Tomar, Katherine Unruh, and Susan Voskuil participated, with Debra A. Reid, Professor.

Building a Brotherhood: Freemasonry Freely Displayed

January 27th, 2013

Undergraduate students in EIU’s HIS 4930: Public History, Meaning & Method, researched, designed, and installed the exhibit “Building a Brotherhood: Freemasons in Central Illinois since World War II.” Students–Alyse Bennett, Nicholas Collins, Chase Driskell, Alexander Hamilton, Bailee Julick, Marisela Luna, Lashanna McGahee, Stephanie Templin, Emily Scarbrough; Mark Stanford, Amy Wywialowski–worked with Professors Debra A. Reid and Michael Shirley (Curator). It was on display in Booth Library, November 28, 2012 through January 18, 2013. Reid received an Integrative Learning Award from EIU for 2012 to offset exhibit expenses, and the Booth Library staff helped with production and installation.

Sound Envisioned: America’s Music Exhibit

January 27th, 2013

EIU MA in History graduate students Philip Mohr and Patrick Vonesh have curated the America’s Music exhibit currently in Booth Library. (Philip is also a graduate of the MA in Historical Administration.) Library Dean Allen Lanham brought them on to curate the exhibit to go along with America’s Music, a film and lecture series funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit encourages the EIU community to explore different music styles as social, cultural, and historical phenomena.

Remembering King Hal

January 16th, 2013

Eastern Illinois History undergraduate Clare Smith’s abstract on “Seventeenth-Century Perceptions of the Henrician Reformation in Popular Culture,” was approved for presentation at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The presenters were chosen from more than 3,500 submissions. Clare received an an undergraduate research grant from Eastern and is writing a department Honors thesis on the subject advised by Dr. Newton Key.