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Faculty News - Fall 2006

Dr. Lindley Writes Article for Tennessee Baptist History

Dr. Terry Lindley had an article entitled "Tennessee Baptists and the Vietnam War" published in the fall, 2006, issue of Tennessee Baptist History. The citation for the article is Tennessee Baptist History 8 (Fall 2006): 54-71. Dr. Lindley, who began research on the topic of the Southern Baptists and the Vietnam War in the late 1990s, received Pew Summer Research Grants from Union University in 2000 and 2001 to advance his project. He also has an article on the Texas Baptists and the Vietnam War pending with the journal Texas Baptist Journal.


Dr. LeForge publishes article

Dr. Judy LeForge, Associate Professor of History, had an article entitled "State Colored Conventions of Tennessee, 1865-1866" published in the fall, 2006, issue of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Dr. LeForge made use of a rich array of primary and secondary sources in her research. The article may be found in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 65 (Fall 2006): 230-253.


Department Faculty Travel, Do Research During Summer, 2006

History and Political Science faculty spent the summer of 2006 doing research and/or traveling in other parts of the world.

Dr. Stephen Carls represented Union University while visiting international studies programs in several European cities. Among his stops were the study centers of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and London. Dr. Carls also visited the University of Wroclaw in Poland, Salzburg College and the University of Salzburg in Austria, and the University of Orléans in France. Professor Carls's aim was to learn more about opportunities available to Union University students in the area of global studies. His trip began on June 10 and ended on July 3.

Dr. Stephen Carls takes a breather while visiting the
Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, in June, 2006.

Dr. Kevin Cooney had an exceptionally busy summer that began with a short-term mission trip to Nicaragua in June with his church. This was followed by a month-long trip to Japan in July conducting research on a Union University PEW Summer Research Grant. Dr. Cooney spent several weeks in Tokyo interviewing members of the Japanese Diet (Parliament) and Foreign Ministry about issues in Japanese foreign and security policy. While in Japan, he traveled to Fukuoka in the southern part of the country. In Fukuoka he presented a paper entitled "Measuring Foreign Aid: Public vs. Private" at the 20th International Political Science Association World Congress. He finished the summer by submitting a new book proposal to a publisher and being elected treasurer of the professional organization Christians in Political Science.

Dr. Kevin Cooney stands in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome
in Hiroshima, Japan, in the summer of 2006.

Dr. Judy LeForge used the summer to begin researching the role that black women's associations played in obtaining civil rights during the nineteenth century. Visits to the civil rights centers of both the Memphis and Nashville Public Libraries provided some useful sources dealing with the topic. Dr. LeForge intends to incorporate this research into a larger work on nineteenth-century blacks. Her interest in Tennessee history also prompted visits to the Tennessee River Museum in Savannah, Tennessee, and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth, Mississippi.

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