History Research Forum


The History Research Forum is generally held biweekly on Thursday afternoons in Faculty Hall and is sponsored by the Department of History.  For information or directions contact: Jim Humphreys at 270.809.6573 or jhumphreys@murraystate.edu , OR Bill Mulligan at 270.809.6571 or wmulligan@murraystate.edu

Fall 2017 Forums:

All Fall Research forums will be held in Faculty Hall Room 505 or 208 at 4:00 pm on the date specified. 
October 12: Dr. Kathy Callahan (History), Dr. Joshua Easterling (English & Philosophy), Dr. Christine Lindner (History), and Dr. Benjamin Post (Global Languages & Theater), moderated by Dr. William Mulligan on The Protestant Reformation.  

Past Forums

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Spring 2017

All Spring forums will be held in Faculty Hall Room 505 at 4:00 pm on the date specified. 
February 2 : Dr. Stephen Brain of Mississippi State University and PhD candidate students John Burrow and Michael Adams.
February 16 : Dr. J. Duane Bolin on "Eudora Welty and a Sense of History."
March 9 : Western Kentucky University's Audra Jennings on Out of the Horros of War: Disability Politics in World War II America. 
March 16 : To be Announced.
March 30 :  Dr. Christopher Willoughby on "Unheroic Medicine: Students, Dissection, and the Circulation of Black Bodies in the Antebellum United States."
April 6 : World Civilizations Forum; details to be announced.

Fall 2016

List of Fall History Forums, 2016

Spring 2016


Fall 2015


Sept. 24

Rachel Mittelman, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, "Of Pots and People: Mapping Libyan Identity and Demographics in Egypt, Ca. 1000-713 B.C.E."

Sept. 17

Eamonn Wall, Smurfit-Stone Corporation Professor of Irish Studies at U. of Missouri-St.Louis, "Georgia O'Keefe as an Irish-American"

Sept. 3

Rebecca Dames, Hammack Scholar 2015-16, "(R)Evolutionary? Exploring the Limits of Dynastic Individualism"


Spring 2015

 No forums. History faculty candidate searches conducted.

Fall 2014


Nov 20
Samuel Baum, Hammack Scholar 2014-15, “Genocide in the Spanish Civil War”

Nov 13
Benjamin Linzy, McNair Scholar, "The Rivalry: Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Arab-Nationalism and Islamic Fundamentalism in the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988."

Nov 6
Kevin Binfield, Professor of English, MSU, “Laboring-Class Poetry in Nineteenth-Century Britain”

Oct 30
Tracey Newport, History Major, “Central African Republic”

October 23
J. Duane Bolin, Professor of History, MSU“Dietrich Bonhoeffer, ‘the American Problem,’ and ‘the Jewish Question’”

Oct 9:  Panel, After the Sunset: The Aftermath of British Imperialism
David Pizzo, Associate Professor of History, MSU, “A Bitter Legacy: The British Empire in Uganda”
Taufiq Rashid, Lecturer in History, MSU“Concepts of Colonial Shame and Postcolonial Shame: The Context of Reform and Modernization”
Kathy Callahan, Associate Professor of History, MSU“London as Imperial Metropolis”
Zackery Heern, Assistant Pprofessor of History, MSU, “Shi'i-British Relations and the Creation of Ira’q

Sept 25
Kit W. Wesler, Jesse D. Jones Endowed Professor of Geosciences, MSU
"Was There a Pope at Cahokia? Exploring Comparative Methods in Medieval and Mississippian Archaeology"

Sept 11
William H. Mulligan, Jr. , Professor of History, MSU
“George Washington and Alcohol: The Founding Father as Businessman”

Spring 2014


April 24
David J. Pizzo, Associate Professor of History, MSU, “World War I Commemoration in Europe”

April 17:  CIV Seminar
Slavery and Emancipation in World History, Part Two, Panel organized by James Humphreys, Associate Professor of History

April 10:  CIV Seminar
Slavery and Emancipation in World History, Part One, Panel organized by James Humphreys, Associate Professor of History

April 3
Brian K. Clardy, Assistant Professor of History, MSU, “From Union City to Brussels: Congressman John Tanner and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”

February 27:  CIV Seminar
Zackery Heern, Assistant Professor of History, “Defining Modernity in World History”

February 20
Timothy J. White, Professor of Political Science, Xavier University, “Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process”

 January 30
LTC Robert Michael Paul, USA (Ret.), “Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure”

Fall 2013

No forums. Coordinator, Dr. Bill Mulligan, taught abroad during Study Abroad Program- Regensburg.

Fall 2012


Nov. 29
Brian K. Clardy, Assistant Professor of History, "Trial By Fire: Race Relations, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Development of American Jazz."

Nov. 15
Erin Ragsdale, Graduate Assistant in History, "Through the Eyes of Women: Illinois Frontier Life"

Nov 8  
Melinda Grimsley-Smith, Coordinator of International Scholarships, Office of Scholar Development, WKU Honors College, "Does Neuroscience Belong in Historical Methodology?"

Nov 1
William H. Mulligan, Jr., Professor of History, “Race and Religion in the Mexican War: Beyond the San Patricios

Oct 25
Aaron Irvin, Assistant Professor of History, “Roman Religion and Celtic Conversion in the Gallic Provinces”

Oct 18
Gerry Mooney, Open University of Scotland, “The Open University: From University of the Air to ITunesU”

Oct 11
Audra Jennings, Director, Office of Scholar Development, WKU Honors College, "’Justice, Equal Rights, and Opportunity’": U.S. Disability Activism, 1940-1960”

Sept 27
Joseph T. Fuhrmann, Professor of History, emeritus, Rasputin

Sept 20
Richard B. Davis, MA Candidate in History, Gallery Lecture: War and Remembrance: An Exhibit at the Wrather Museum

Sept 13
Brent Taylor, Lecturer in History,  “Teaching History Using Photo Albums”

Spring 2012


April 26
HIS 400 Student Research Presentations 

April 19
Erin Ragsdale, GA in History, “U.S. Representative Frank Albert Stubblefield’s Impact on Flood Control Measures in and around Western Kentucky”

April 12 
Stephanie A. Carpenter, Associate Professor of History, “The ‘Pretties’ in the Field: The Women’s Land Army in World War II”

April 5
Matthew Holdman, MA Candidate in History, “The Columbian Exchange: Old World/New World Origins of Modern Foods”

March 29
Kathy Callahan, Assistant Professor of History, “A Tale of Two Duchesses: Anna of Buccluech and Anne of Hamilton”

March 15
Jonathan Headford, GA in History, “Golf: Trying Times during War”

March 8
Brent Taylor, Lecturer in History , “Instructive Images in American History”

March 1
Terry W. Strieter, Professor of History and Dept. Chair, “Louis-Napoleon’s Coup d’état & the French Police.” 

February 23
Senate Bill 1 Learning Community and Update on CIV Common Expectations and SB-1

February 16
Marjorie Hilton, Assistant Professor of History “Mass Consumption and the Dream of Cultural Transformation in Revolutionary Russia”

February 9
Richard B. Davis, Hammack Scholar, 2011-12, "Rising from the Ashes: A Boots-on-the-Ground Look at the Rebuilding of the Afghanistan National Army"

February 2
Zackery M. Heern, Assistant Professor of History, “The Founding Fathers of Modern Islam”

January 26
William Schell, Jr., Professor of History, “Strategies of Defensive Modernization in Porfirian Mexico and Meiji Japan”

Fall 2011


Nov 17
Joint Meeting: History Research Forum/World Civilizations Program Seminar
William Schell, Jr., Professor of History

Nov 10
Joint Meeting: History Research Forum/World Civilizations Program Seminar

John A. Muenzberg, Lecturer, English & Philosophy,  "Critiquing Historian's Views of Pre-Greek Science"

 Oct 27                    
William H. Mulligan, Jr., Professor of History, “The Eighth United States Heavy Artillery (Colored): Claiming Their Freedom”

Oct 20
James Humphreys, Assistant Professor of History

Oct. 13
Joint Meeting: History Research Forum/World Civilizations Program Seminar
David J. Pizzo, Assistant Professor of History, “Ethiopia—Learning about the Lion of Judah”

Sept. 22
Richard B. Davis, Hammack Scholar, Dept. of History, "From a Dirt Court to a State Championship and Beyond: The 1929 Heath High School Boys Basketball Team"

Spring 2011


April 21
William H. Mulligan, Jr., Professor, History , The Irish and English Diasporas: Conjoined Twins

April 14
Brian Clardy, Assistant Professor, History, Letters from Washington; Ed Jones and the Watergate Scandal

April 7
Chase Peck, History Graduate Student, Inter-relativity of the Western Front and the Russian Front in World War I

March 24
Duane Bolin, Professor, History , Bosses of the Bluegrass: Political Bosses and Their machines in Kentucky History

March 10
John Dressler, Professor, Music, Unknown and Forgotten Music for BBC Radio Dramas: 1930-1970 

March 3
Julie McClure, MA Candidate, History, Lawless License as a Result of the Tobacco War: The 1908 Birmingham Raid

February 24
Joint Meeting History Research Forum—World Civilizations Program Seminar
David J. Pizzo, Assistant Professor, History , A Forgotten Country: Greece, Europe, and the Wider World

February 17
William Schell, Jr., Professor, History, The Unknown History of Dollar Diplomacy: Porfirian Origins, Pacific Hegemony

February 10
Brent Taylor, Adjunct Lecturer, History,  A Speeding Bullet: A Comparison of McKinley’s and Reagan’s Responses to Czologz and Hinckley 

February 3
Matthew Hall, MSU Honors Program, In the Fight for Freedom: German Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution

January 27
Richard B. Davis, Graduate Assistant, History, Byler Road Ghost Stories: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the John Kelley Family, 1770 – 1870

Fall 2010

August 26
Richard B. Davis, GA in History  From Despair to Hope: The Story of Paducah's 1937 “Super-Flood" from the Personal Accounts of Those Who Survived

December 2
William H. Mulligan, Jr. Professor, History, Religion, Ethnicity, and Acceptance on a Mining Frontier: The Irish and the Cornish in the Michigan Copper Country, 1845-1890

November 18  
Terry W. StrieterProfessor, History “French Society was not Overthrown’: The Gendarmerie & the Paris Commune of 1871

November 11
Chase Peck     History Graduate Student    A Russian Pyrrhic Victory in the East: The Brusilov Offensive of 1916

November 4
Susan B. Hawkins, Ranger, Fort Donelson NB, The Underground Railroad and Fort Donelson: Stories and Misconceptions

October 28
Meredith Lee Baker, Hammack Scholar, 2005-6   Faith and Practice: Mother Ann in Shaker Theology and Community Life

October 21
Allison E. Crowe, Hammack Scholar, 2010-11, The Evolution of English Feminism in the Nineteenth Century

October 7
Julie McClure, MA Candidate, History, Lawless License as a Result of the Tobacco War: The 1908 Birmingham, Kentucky Raid

Septmeber 23
Jim Humphreys, Asst. Professor, History, Challenging the Dunning Orthodoxy: Francis Butler Simkins and Reconstruction Historiography

September 16
Therese Saint Paul, Assoc. Professor, French, Mardi-Gras in Belgium and Europe and the Question of Cultural "Identities"

September 9
Ted Franklin Belue, Senior Lecturer, History, "Daniel Boone Was A Man": America's First Frontier Hero and His Day

September 2
Kayla R. Reno, GA in History, The Legacy of Italy in Africa: Post-Colonial Eritrea

August 26
Richard B. Davis, GA in History  From Despair to Hope: The Story of Paducah's 1937 “Super-Flood" from the Personal Accounts of Those Who Survived

Spring 2010

April 29  
Catherine C. Lewis, GA in History, The Appalachian Exodus

April 22
Kenneth C. Carstens, Professor Emeritus of Archeology, Ramblings in Western Kentucky: Caving, History, and Archeology

April 15  
David J. Pizzo, Asst. Professor of History, Ethnicity & Violence in Shatter-Zones of Empire: The Balkans and the African Great Lakes

April 8  
Jim Humphreys, Asst. Professor of History,    History of the Thirteenth Amendment

April 1  
Terry W. Strieter, Professor of History, The French Police

March 18
J. Duane Bolin, Professor of History, Four Early Baptist leaders

March 11
Kathy Callahan, Asst. Professor of History, Women and Murder in London, 1783-1815

March 4
Olivia Kirks, GA in History  French Neocolonial Involvement in Rwanda Leading up to and during the Genocide of 1994

February 25
Matthew D. Penn, Hammack Scholar, 2007-8   The Role of Stasi Informers in the GDR

February 18  
Judy Ratliff, Professor of Chemistry, History of Poisons

February 11
Jennifer L. McPherson, GA in History  Western Women in Agriculture, 1900-1950

February 4
Allsion Crowe, GA in History  Women and Political Change in England

January 28
Micki Y. Kaleta, Hammack Scholar, 2009-10, Paternalism as Seen through the Pages of DeBow's Review,1848-1861

January 21
Kayla Reno, GA in History  A Survey of Nineteenth-Century Italian Imperialism in Africa

January 14
William H. Mulligan, Jr., Professor of History Family and Household on a Mining Frontier: Irish Miners in the Michigan Copper Country, 1850-1860