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Three History Students Present Papers at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

Feb 28, 2009
History majors Joshua Abbotoy, Kathleen Cooper, and Hannah Holliday presented papers at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on February 28, 2009. Hannah was one of seven presenters out of a total of forty-nine at the conference to win a Best Paper Award; her paper was entitled “A Refusal of Reform: Georgia Baptists and Integration.” Joshua presented a paper on “The Patriarch Athanasius, His Attempted Reforms, and Their Ideological Roots,” and Kathleen dealt with a Negro League baseball team in her paper about “The Memphis Red Sox: Barely Hanging On, 1947-1960.” All three papers were well received at the conference, with attendees praising the students’ research and writing skills as well as the originality of their work.

History department members Dr. Keith Bates, Dr. Stephen Carls, and Dr. Judy LeForge accompanied the students to Clarksville. Drs. Bates and LeForge served as panel chairs/commentators, while Dr. Carls, a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Advisory Board, presented greetings from Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Dr. Jack Tunstall and announcements from the national office during the conference luncheon. The luncheon speaker was Dr. Ted Ownby, Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, who talked about “’Free Bird,’ Roots, and Family Values: Southern Culture in the 1970s.”

Approximately 120 people attended the conference, with students and faculty from the following colleges and universities participating as paper presenters or panel chairs/commentators: Austin Peay State University; Belmont University; Lee University; Lipscomb University; Maryville College; Middle Tennessee State University; Murray State University; Rhodes College; Tennessee State University; Union University; University of Memphis; University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and the University of Tennessee, Martin. Dr. Minoa Uffelman, faculty advisor to the Phi Alpha Theta chapter at Austin Peay State University, served as the conference coordinator.


Phi Alpha Theta Conference participants from Union University include (left to right) Joshua Abbotoy, Kathleen Cooper, Dr. Keith Bates, Hannah Holliday, Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls (UT Martin), and Dr. Judy LeForge.


Hannah Holliday presents her paper on “A Refusal of Reform: Georgia Baptists and Integration” as part of a panel entitled “Religion and Race” at the Phi Alpha Theta Conference in Clarksville.


Dr. Judy LeForge comments on student papers for a panel entitled “Religion and Race” at the Phi Alpha Theta history conference.


Joshua Abbotoy (left) and Dr. Tim Winters, Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University, field questions following Joshua’s paper presentation on “The Patriarch Athanasius, His Attempted Reforms, and Their Ideological Roots” at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Conference.


Dr. Keith Bates leads a question-and-answer time following his comments on student papers for a Phi Alpha Theta conference panel called “Issues of Religion Through the Ages.”


Kathleen Cooper prepares her materials for her presentation on “The Memphis Red Sox: Barely Hanging On, 1947-1960” during a Phi Alpha Theta conference panel called “Blues, Baseball, and Black Male Identity.”