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Students Present Papers at Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference; Two Students Win Best Paper Prizes

Apr 5, 2008
Seven students from Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society presented papers at the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference held at the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday, April 5, 2008. History department faculty members Drs. Keith Bates, Stephen Carls, Judy LeForge, and Terry Lindley traveled with them to this event.

Cameron Armstrong and Mary Thompson won best paper prizes for their work. Cameron won in the category of “European History” for his paper on “Prayer, Partnership, and Persecution: Southern Baptist Missions Behind the Iron Curtain, 1950-1960,” while Mary’s paper entitled “The Effect of Anti-German Propaganda During World War I on German-Americans in Tennessee” received the prize in the category of “Cultural History.”

Other presenting Delta-Psi Chapter students, along with their paper titles, were: Kathleen Cooper, “Rivalry: The Growth and Development of the American League;” Nikki Henry, “’How Far did We Come?’: Changes in American Perceptions of the Soviets after the Cuban Missile Crisis;” Hannah Holliday, “The Desegregation of the University of Georgia: From Persecution to Prominence;” Brendon Kuhlman, “The U.S. vs. Pop Music: The Influence of Protest Music and Musicians on the Peace Movement During the Vietnam Era;” and, William Woods, “Japan’s Past and Rise to Economic Power.”

Drs. Carls and LeForge served as panel chairs/commentators. Dr. Carls presided over a panel entitled “The Role of Religion Around the World,” and Dr. LeForge headed a panel on “Race and Education in America.” In addition, Dr. Carls, who is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Advisory Board, made a presentation at the conference luncheon on behalf of the Phi Alpha Theta national office.


Participants from Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society stand together at the start of the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in Martin. They are: (front row, left to right) Dr. Judy LeForge, Nikki Henry, Kathleen Cooper, Hannah Holliday, and Mary Thompson; (back row, left to right) Dr. Terry Lindley, Cameron Armstrong, Dr. Stephen Carls, William Woods, Brendon Kuhlman, and Dr. Keith Bates.


Kathleen Cooper presents her paper on “Rivalry: The Growth and Development of the American League” at a session entitled “Popular Culture and Technology: The New Interests of Modern Historians.”


William Woods delivers his paper on “Japan’s Past and Rise to Economic Power” for a panel called “The Post-War World.”


Nikki Henry (front center) answers a question about the Cold War in the 1950s during the panel session on “The Post-War World.”


Brendon Kuhlman talks about “The U.S. vs. Pop Music: the Influence of Protest Music and Musicians on the Peace Movement During the Vietnam Era” at a session entitled “War, Politics, and Propaganda.” Austin Peay State University’s Dr. Minoa Uffelman (seated right), the panel chair/commentator, listens carefully to Brendon’s presentation.


Members of the Delta-Psi Chapter’s contingent prepare to eat lunch at the regional conference. They are (clockwise beginning at the front left) Dr. Keith Bates, Brendon Kuhlman, Mary Thompson, Kathleen Cooper, William Woods, Nikki Henry, Dr. Terry Lindley, and Hannah Holliday.


Dr. Stephen Carls makes a presentation on behalf of the Phi Alpha Theta national headquarters during the regional conference luncheon.


Mary Thompson shows her delight after winning the best paper prize in the category of “Cultural History” at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference.


Cameron Armstrong receives congratulations from Dr. Donna Graves, the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference coordinator, for winning the best paper prize in “European History.”


Mary Thompson and Cameron Armstrong display their best-paper prize certificates at the end of the Tennessee Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference on April 5, 2008.


Dr. Judy LeForge introduces an afternoon panel on "Race and Education in America" at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference on April 5.


Hannah Holliday delivers her paper on "The Desegregation of the University of Georgia: From Persecution to Prominence" during the panel on "Race and Education in America."