Spring 2016 News

January 25, 2016

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
Dr. Mulligan With Shannon McFarlin 

Murray State Masters Graduate Publishes Book
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

Belue speaking at WKMS
Murray State Professor Ted Belue Speaks on WKMS about the true story behind "The Revenant"
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 Students at Nationals

Phi Alpha Theta Members present research at National Conference 
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

Nick Barron with Needline Donation

History Student and Phi Alpha Theta member Nick Barron  with a Needline volunteerMurray 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

NIU Graduate Conference

Murray State Students present at the NIU Graduate Conference In History 
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.

Fall 2013 Selected Faculty Achievements  

Kathy Callahan  

Publication: "Women Who Kill: An Analysis of Cases in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century London", The Journal of Social History, 46:4 (Summer 2013): 1013-38. 

Paper Delivered: Letters and Household Accounts: A Duchess’s Life on Paper, Midwest Conference on British Studies, Chicago, IL; October 2013. 

Service to Profession: Commenter, panel entitled The Country House in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, North American Conference on British Studies, Portland, OR; Nov. 2013. 

Service to College and University: College of Humanities and Fine Arts’ Dean’s 20/20 committees: “Promoting Scholarly and Creative Activity” (chair) and “Recognizing Diversity”, Fall 2013-present. 

Presenter, Anglo-German Relations in the 20th Century and Migration to Britain, International Week, Murray State, Nov. 2013. 

Campus Coordinator, Experience Scotland program 

Committee Member, LGBT Advisory Committee Committee Member, DEW Committee Undergraduate Advisor 

Service to Department: Coordinator, History Research Forum, Murray State University, fall 2013. Member, Executive Committee, fall 2013. 

Other Activities: Advanced Placement World History Exam for Educational Testing Services. 2013 – served as an Exam Leader which involved supervision of 250 readers and 25 table leaders. 

Marjorie Hilton 

Article  “Gender and Ideological Rivalry in Ninotchka and Circus:  The Capitalist and Communist Make-Over,” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, forthcoming, 2014. 

Ted Belue 

 Root Four Music Concert Ted Belue organized the Roots Music Four Concert, which was held on October 29, 2013 in Lovett Auditorium.  The concert featured The Bankesters, The Giant City Slickers, and Terrapin Pond. 

Zackery Heern 

Book Review  The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta: Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer, by David Waines. Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, Volume 25, Issue 2, August 2013, pages 265-267 

Conference Presentation  “Shi‘i-British Relations and the Creation of Iraq,” Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, 2013 Conference Panel  “Shi‘i Relations: Historical Narratives of Conflict and Cooperation.” Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, 2013 (Panel members included: Peter Sluglett, MESA President) 

Research Trip: Research on "Shi'i-British Relations" in London and "Shi'i Knowledge and Authority" in Beirut, Lebanon  

Jim Humphreys  

 Book Chapter "William Archibald Dunning:  Flawed Colossus of American Letters," in The Dunning School:  Historians, Race, and the Meaning of Reconstruction (with a foreward by Eric Foner), edited by John David Smith and J. Vincent Lowery (University Press of Kentucky).  

Book Review Keith D. Dickson, Sustaining Southern Identity: Douglas Southall Freeman and Memory in the Modern South (Louisiana State University Press) for Journal of American History 2013 100: 239-240. 

 Study Abroad Participant, International Business Seminar (England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands), December 2013 – January 2014 

Hammack Banquet September 2013 The Murray State Department of History hosted the twelfth annual James W. Hammack, Jr. Scholarship Banquet at 7:00 pm Saturday, September 14, 2013 at MSU’s Curris Center Ballroom.  Proceeds from the banquet went toward endowment of the James W. Hammack Scholarship Fund, which supports graduate history education at MSU.  Professor J. Duane Bolin delivered the banquet’s keynote address, “ ‘The Woman Who Helped Blind Children See’ ”: Linda Neville and the Struggle to Eliminate Blindness in Kentucky.”  The department raised  *$1, 885 for the Hammack Scholarship fund. 

Aaron Irvin 

Article accepted for publication in conference proceedings from a September 2012 conference in Serbia, “Imperialism and Identities at the Edge of the Roman World.” Article titled The Empire of Friends and the House of the Father: Gallic and Canaanite Elite under Imperial Rule.  Conference proceedings currently in the printing phase. 

Conference Presentation Attended Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies at Oxford University, December 2-4th 2013, presentation titled Romanization and the Development of Gallo-Roman Religion in the Three Gauls. 

Conference Guest Speaker  Invited to present as special guest speaker at the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World at the University of Exeter, UK, from 5-6 December 2013.  Presentation titled Spartacus, Rome, and Hollywood: Creating Ancient Context for the Modern World. 

Charlotte Beahan 

Along with Professor Yoko Hatakeyama, Charlotte Beahan accompanied 23 Murray State students of Japanese language on a ten day trip to Tokyo and Kobe, Japan as guests of the Japanese government funded Kakehashi Bridge program, designed to create ties of friendship and interest between young people in Japan and the US. In early November 2013, the MSU group then hosted 23 Japanese students from Kobe Gakuin University who spent 2 days in Murray State. 

Bill Mulligan 

 *2014 Beasley Banquet The speaker for the fourth annual T. Wayne Beasley Banquet will be Joe Lee from New York University.  The date for the banquet is March 29, 2014.  Proceeds from the banquet benefitted the undergraduate scholarship fund in memory of T. Wayne Beasley.  Once funded, the scholarship will be permanent and awarded yearly to the outstanding rising senior history major. 

 Invited book chapters submitted. “How the Irish Became American:  Reflections on the History of the Irish in the United States,” in Heritage, Diaspora, and the Consumption of Culture: Movements in Irish Landscapes edited by Rebecca Boyd and Diane Sabenacio Nititham. (Ashgate, UK).  

Manuscript submitted to publisher.  “Race and Religion in the Mexican War,” in The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, Colonial Period to 1877 edited by Antonio Thompson and Christos Frantos. (Routledge) Revised manuscript with editors. 

 Conference papers, presentations “Rehearsal for Disaster(s): The Legacy of British Colonialism in Ireland” at British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, GA, Feb 15-16, 2013. “Race and Religion in the Mexican War: Beyond the San Patricios,” Regensburg Seminar in American Studies, Universität Regensburg (Germany), Oct. 31, 2013.  

 Book Reviews submitted David T. Gleeson, The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America (U of North Carolina Press) for Louisiana History. Suzanne Cameron Linder Hurley, From the Highlands to High Finance: The Carolina McColls  (Lorimer Press) for Journal of Southern History. Barry Levy, Town Born: The Political Economy of New England from Its Founding to the Revolution (U of Pennsylvania Press) for Labour History. 

 Encyclopedia Articles Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives.  Scott C. Martin & J. Geoffrey Golson, editors. (Sage, forthcoming) Cold Water Army (revision submitted) US Grant and Alcohol (revision submitted), James Oglethorpe (accepted), George Washington and Alcohol (accepted).

Other Reviewed manuscript of article on Irish women in South Africa for Journal of Women’s History. 

Reviewed manuscript of article “Another Ireland” for New Hibernia Review. Reviewed manuscript of article “Dublin’s Seventeenth-Century Parish Registers” for New Hibernia Review Member, Study Abroad Scholarship Committee, Honor Society of Phi Alpha Theta. 

Chapter 302 President, Honor Society of Phi Alpha Theta. Member, Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board (appointed by governor). Migration Studies editor, New Hibernia Review. 

List Owner, Irish Diaspora Discussion List, 

Faculty, Semester in Regensburg, Fall 2013. 

Ken Carstens 

 Book Reviews Dr. Ken Carstens, professor emeritus of anthropology and archaeology and adjunct professor in the MSU Department of History reviewed several books this past year for  The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Journal of Ohio Valley History, The Michigan Historical Review, and the Journal of North Carolina Historians. Editorial Work -- KHS Carstens serves on the editorial board of the Kentucky Historical Society, contributing his expertise dealing with Native American prehistory and history of the Ohio Valley region and the history of the  Kentucky frontier. Upcoming key-note address On February 22, 2014, Dr. Carstens will give a key-note address about the Discovery of George Rogers Clark’s Fort Jefferson and the proposed developments for a Fort Jefferson Park in Wickliffe, Kentucky to a public audience at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana.  Carstens’ talk will cap the 235th anniversary of Clark’s capture of Fort Sackville from the British in 1779.  Book Chapter In March, Dr. Carstens will be submitting a finished book-length chapter about General Daniel Smith, a Kentucky-Tennessee frontiersman for an edited anthology about the Founders of North Carolina to be published through the University of North Carolina Press. 

 Stephanie Carpenter 

 Phi Alpha Theta Dr. Carpenter served as the advisor for the MSU’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a history honor society.  Several students were inducted into the chapter last fall:  John Burrow, who serves as president of PAT, Tawni Miller, Michael Adams, Alanna Demers, Callie Rezek, and  Tabitha Cochran.