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 Spring 2016 News

April 12, 2016
Daniel Marten Moore
Daniel Marten Moore
Daniel Martin Moore, the Sun Pop recording artist and Kentucky singer/songwriter held a concert at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, 12 April 2016, in the Reading Room of Pogue Library on the campus of Murray State University. After serving in the Peace Corps, Moore's debut albums, Stray Age (2008) and Dear Companion (2010, with cellist Ben Sollee, and produced with Jim James of My Morning Jacket). In 2011, In the Cool of the Day appeared, a deeply spiritual album. His latest offering, The Golden Age, is also co-produced with James. Come hear Moore's crystal clear voice in the most beautiful room on campus!  Photo Credit to Sun Pop Records.

April 11, 2016
Home and Away Press Release

Dr. Bolin
A Book Reading/Book Signing for James Duane Bolin's (Professor, Department of History) new book, Home and Away: A Professor's Journal published with Acclaim Press, took place at 6:00 pm, Monday, 11 April 2016, in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center. CFSB is sponsored the event. Bolin's book consists of 120 essays, which began as newspaper columns published in newspapers across Kentucky, including the Murray Ledger & Times, the Providence Journal-Enterprise, the Sebree Banner, the Danville Advocate-Messenger, and the Kentucky-Gazette. The Sun Pop recording artist and singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore will sing at the event. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Photo Credit to Robyn Pizzo.

April 8, 2016
Dr. Bolin on WKMS Sounds good.Dr. Bolin on WKMS Sounds Good
Dr. Bolin appeared on WKMS "Sounds Good" to promote hist newest book Home and Away: A Professor's Journal and the Concert for Daniel Martin Moore. Dr. Bolin will be holding a book signing on April 11, 2016 in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.  Daniel Martin Moore will have a concert there as well at the Library the following day.

April 4, 2016
Race in Amercia Nearly Half a Century after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Panel for Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Bolin and Dr. Clardy from the Murray State University's Department of History participated in a panel on Monday Morning, April 4th titled "Race in America Nearly Half A Century After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." at WCKTC Campus. Panelist also included:  David Nickell, Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, WKCTC;  Gerald Watkins, MBA, State Representative, Former City Commissioner, Professor of Political Science, WKCTC.  Berry Craig III, Author and Retired Professor of History at WKCTC facilitated the discussion.  A second panel will be taking place on Thursday evining at the Washington Street Baptist Church in Paducah, KY at 6:00 PM.

April 3, 2016
Phi Alpha Theta at Regional Conference
Phi Alpha Theta at Regional
Huge congratulations to our Chapter President Jonathan Dunning, who's paper took 3rd place overall yesterday at the Phi Alpha Theta Kentucky Regional Conference at Thomas More College. Special thanks as well to Tracey Newport and Ty Bohls, who each did a fantastic job of presenting at the conference as well. Thanks again for all your hard work, and letting me tag along.

March 9, 2016
Michael Farr CNBC Conributor Spoke at Curris Center Stables
Michael Farr at the Curris Center
The Arthur J.  Baurenfield College of Business and the Department of History hosted a very important figure in our contemporary understanding of business, economics, and finance. Noted author and CNBC Contributor, Michael Farr spoke in the Curris Center Stables on the subject "Focusing on the Positives: Market and Economic Outlook for 2016" to a large audience of students, faculty, and the community.  President Robert Davies introduced Mr. Farr, who spoke from a thoughtful and well coordinated list of  powerpoints that spelled out an optimistic view of the American economy. But more importantly, Mr. Farr showed students how they have a vested interest in the global markets.  Mr. Farr donated several copies of his books to the Waterfield Library. His talk and his presence on campus was very well received.

March 6, 2016
Dr. James Humphreys talk at Calloway County Library
Humphreys on Lincoln
Dr. James Humphreys spoke at the Calloway County Library in part of the collaboration between Murray State University Department of History  and the Calloway County Library.  His talk was titled "Abraham Lincoln, Race and Emancipator." 

March 5, 2016
Sixth Annual Beasley Scholarship Banquet
Beasley Banquet
The Department of History held the Sixth Annual Beasley Scholarship Banquet on March 5, 2016.  Guest Speaker Christine Kinealy's topic wsa titled, "An Errand of Mercy."   She spoke of the aid sent to the Irish during the great hunger and the role of international relief.  Retired Professor of History from Murray State Dr. Kenneth Wolfe spoke as well about remebering Dr. Beasley.

March 3, 2016
Ted Franklin Belue on WKMS

Belue on WKMS
Professor Ted Franklin Belue spoke on WKMS "Sounds Good"  to discuss the plane crash that took the life of Country music legend Patsy Cline on March 5,  1963.  You can find the conversation here.

February 29, 2016
Tracey Newport and Dr. David Pizzo at WKMS
Tracey Newport with Dr. David Pizzo at WKMS
Tracey Newport and Dr. David Pizzo appeared on WKMS 91.3 "Sounds Good" radio segment with Tracey Ross.  They discussed Tracey Newport's Posters at the Captiol project, "The Evil that Men do: Comparative Genocide in the Twentieth Century."  The segment can be found on the WKMS website here.

February 25, 2016
Duane Bolin at the Murray Magazine Club's Founder's Luncheon
Murray Magazine Club Officers 
Dr. Duane Bolin spoke at the Founder's Day Luncheon of the Murray Magazine Club, Thursday, February 25, 2016. Over thirty members of the literary club were in attendance. The club was founded in 1910. Here Bolin is with the Murray Magazine Club's 2016 officers.

Posters at the Capitol 2016
History majors at Posters at the Capitol
History Majors (L to R): Lydia Biggs, Erynn Pritchett, and Tracey Newport with Dr. David Pizzo in the Back.  Presentes their research at Posters at the Capitol 2016 this year in Frankfurt, Kentucky.  The event is to highlight research performed by undergraduate students throughout the year and display it for the Kentucky State Legislators to see the oucome of the research they havd funded throughout the semester.

February 23, 2016
A.B. "Ben" Chandler pays a visit to Dr. Bolins Sports and Society in Modern America class

Ben Chandler
A. B. "Ben" Chandler III was invited to speak in Dr. Duane Bolin's HIS 130-01 Sports and Society in Modern America class at 8:00-9:15 in Faculty Hall 506. He spoke to the class yesterday. Ben is the executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council. He is also a former Kentucky Attorney General and United States Congressman.
Dr. Bolin invited him to speak to his class because Mr. Chandler is the grandson of A. B. "Happy" Chandler, the Kentucky Governor (elected in 1935 and again in 1955), United States Senator, and the Commissioner of Baseball from 1945 to 1951. It was Commissioner Happy Chandler who brought Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball as the first African American player in 1947. Commissioner Chandler worked closely with Robinson and Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ben Chandler knows the story extremely well and tells it extremely well.
HIS 130 with Ben Chandler

January 25, 2016
Professor Ted Franklin Belue with the Sons of Confederate Veterans

Belue at Sons of Confederate Veterans
Ted Franklin Belue of the Murray  State Department of History spoke at the January 25, 2016 meeting of the Sons of Confederate Vetereans. 

January 9, 2016
Murray State Masters Graduate Publishes Book
Dr. Mulligan With Shannon McFarlin 

The History Department of Murray State University would like to congratulate Shannon McFarlin on her publication of her book, As If They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson - America's Only Barrage Balloon Training Facility.  She is shown at the recent meeting of the Jackson Purchase historical Society in Paris, Tennessee with the President Dr. William Mulligan.

January 7, 2016
Murray State Professor Ted Belue Speaks on WKMS about the true story behind "The Revenant"

Belue speaking at WKMS
Ted Belue, History Professor at Murray State spoke on WKMS Radio about the true story behind the hit movie "The Revenant" starring Leonardo Decaprio.  The link to this inter view can be found here.
Photo Credit: Matt Markgraf, WKMS

January 6-10, 2016
Phi Alpha Theta Members present research at National Conference 

Phi Alpha Theta Students at Nationals
The Murray State Phi Alpha Theta chapter sent five students to present papers as the Biennial Phi Alpha Theta National conference in Orlanda, Florida.  The Presenters from left to right: John Williams, Eryn Prithcett, Jonathan Dunning, Samuel Brown, and Tracey Newport.

Fall 2015 News

November 11, 2015
History Student and Phi Alpha Theta member Nick Barron  with a Needline volunteer

Nick Barron with Needline DonationMurray State's Department of History donated over 300 cans to the local Needline. Cans were donated towards Needline in lieu of a ticket price for the Roots 6 concert held at the Lovett Auditorium on November 17, 2015.  The Department of History would like to Thank every one involved and those who donated their time to make Roots 6 a possibility. 

November 6, 2015
Murray State Students present at the NIU Graduate Conference In History 
NIU Graduate Conference
Three Murray State student members and alumni present at the Northern Illinois University Graduate Students Conference in Dekalb, IL. They presented a panel: "Genocide in the Modern World."  From Left to Right:  Tracey Newport, Samuel Baum, and Benjamin Linzy.