2004-05 Faculty Presentations

The Department of History faculty at Western Michigan University regularly presents their research.

Conference Presentations

Berkhofer III, Robert F. “The Canterbury Forgeries Revisited.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2005, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Beyan, Amos. “The Transatlantic Slave Trade – Its Abolition and Founding of the Liberian Colony.” Liberian Studies Association Conference, April 1, 2005, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Beyan, Amos. “John Brown Russwurm and the American Civilizing Efforts in Liberia and Maryland in West Africa, 1799-1851.” 20th Annual Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy in Conjunction with the 30th Anniversary of African American Studies, September 12, 2004, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

Borish, Linda J. “Commemorating American Jewish Women in Sporting Communities in Documentary Film and Historical Writing.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, December 2004, Chicago, IL.

Borish, Linda J. “Jewish Women, Athletics, and Social Change in Southern Jewish History and American Culture.” Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference, October 2004, Charleston, SC.

Borish, Linda J., and Stacey L. Moore. “American Women Swimmers, Activism and Social Change in Olympic Competition: A Document Project.” North American Society for Sport History Annual Conference, May 2004, Green Bay, WI.

Brandão, J. A. “A Capsule Social and Material History of Fort St. Joseph (1691-1763) and Its Inhabitants.” French Colonial Historical Society Conference, June 3-5, 2005, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Brandão, J. A. “The Ojibwa-Iroquois War Remembered.” Conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory, October 27-31, 2004, Chicago, IL.

Elder, E. Rozanne. Organized 14 sessions and chaired 2, Cistercian Studies Conference 2005, International Medieval Studies Congress, May 5-8, 2005, Kalamazoo, MI.

Faires, Nora. “Telling Jewish Stories in a General Motors Town; Portraying Community Life in Flint through Photographs and Text.” Organization of American Historians, April 2005, Washington, D.C.

Faires, Nora. Commentator, “Marginal Differences?” Canadian Historical Association, May 2005, London, Ontario, Canada.

Gray, Marion W. "Place in German History." Midwest German Historians' Workshop, 23 October, 2004, Minneapolis.

Heasley, Lynne, with Keith Rice, Raymond Guries, and Hawthorne Beyer. “Claims on Paradise: Land Ownership and Landscape Dynamics in the Kickapoo Valley, Wisconsin, 1930-1995.” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, March 16-20, 2005, Houston, TX.

Heasley, Lynne, with Keith Rice, Raymond Guries, and Hawthorne Beyer. “Solving the Landscape Puzzle of the Kickapoo Valley: Investigating Land Tenure History with GIS.” North American Cartographic Information Society, Annual Meeting, October 6-9, 2004, Portland, Maine.

Julien, Catherine. “Inca Remembrance of War.” American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, October 27-31, 2004, Chicago.

Kachun, Mitch. "'Those awful scenes of blood': the Role of Violence in Antebellum African American Commemorations." Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 1, 2005, San Jose, California.

Kachun, Mitch. "The Politics of Celebration: African American Freedom Festivals, 1808-2004." Center for Research in Festive Culture, April 8, 2005, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois.

Lyon-Jenness, Cheryl. “The Most Attractive Portion of the Work: Interpreting Lithographic Illustration in Nineteenth-Century Combination Atlas Maps.” Agricultural History Society Symposium entitled, “Art and Agriculture: Material Expressions of Rural People and Their Lifeways,” The Benson Ford Research Center, Dearborn, MI.

Martini, Edwin. Session Organizer, “Roundtable: The Intersections of Cultural Studies and Diplomatic History.” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, November 2004, Atlanta, Georgia; Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, June 2004, Austin, TX.

Norman, John O. “The Affinities of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra for Pre-Petrine Russian Religious Culture.” Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis University 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 5 May, 2005.

Rubin, Eli. “The Form of Socialism without Ornament: Consumption, Ideology, and the Fall and Rise of Modernist Design in the German Democratic Republic.” 2004 Design History Society Conference, “Politics of Design,” University of Ulster, September 2004, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sabra, Adam. “Why Give Alms? The Spiritual Economy of Almsgiving in Medieval Islamic Thought.” Symposium on Religious Perceptions of Poverty and Welfare Policy, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, May 7-9, 2005, Cincinnati, OH.

Sabra, Adam. “Islamic Foundations and the Economy of Late Medieval Egypt.” 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 5-8, 2005, Kalamazoo, MI.

Schmitt, Peter. Conference Chair and Commentator, “Rivers Through Time: Rethinking Rivers in the Midwest.” 29th Annual Great Lakes History Conference, October 29, 2004.

Simon, Larry. “Converting the Converter: Mallorcan Catechumens and Ramon Lull’s Dream of Conversion.” Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, College of Charleston, March 10-13, 2005, Charleston, SC.

Simon, Larry. Session Co-Organizer, “Arthur in the Alhambra? Mediterranean Courtly Culture and the Alhambra’s ‘Enigmatic’ Ceilings.” Two sessions, 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 5-8, 2005, WMU.

Simon, Larry. Commentator, “Dealing with Difference in Medieval and Reformation Polities.” Midwest American Academy of Religion, DePaul University, April 8-9, 2005, Chicago.

Xiong, Victor. “The Personality of Sui Yangdi.” Second International Conference on Chinese History from Multiple Perspectives, Tsinhua University, August 22, 2004, Beijing.

Invited Presentations, Lectures, etc.

Borish, Linda J. “American Jewish Women’s History and Sport History.” Women’s Studies and the Department of History, October 28, 2004, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Borish, Linda J. Mellon Grant Foundation Panel on "Living the Liberal Arts." Department of American Studies, February 28, 2005, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Brandão, J. A. “The Wars of the Iroquois: The Hotinonshonni Perspective.” US Department of Education Summer Institute, “Teaching American History Through Hotinonshonni Eyes,” St. Lawrence University, July 26, 2005, Canton, NY.

Elder, E. Rozanne. “’Lamps Burning in a Dark Place:’ The Cistercians of the Twelfth Century.” Guest lecture series, Creighton University, October 23, 2004, Dowling Centre, Des Moines.

Elder, E. Rozanne. “The Cistercians: History and Architecture.” Grand Rapids Art Museum, October 19, 2004, Grand Rapids, MI.

Haight, Bruce. “The Most Important Things are Never Said.” Charles H. Hackley Distinguished Lecture for the Hackley Public Library, May 25, 2005.

Haight, Bruce. “Apprenticeship in the Humanities.” Muskegon Community College, May 26, 2005.

Haight, Bruce. “The Life and Work of Lamidi Fakeye” and “Theological Themes in the Work of Lamidi Fakeye.” Our Savior Lutheran Church, May 6-7, 2005, W. Lafayette, IN.

Haight, Bruce. Panel Chair, “Religion in Liberian History.” Liberian Studies Annual Meeting, April 2005.

Julien, Catherine. “De la minería incaica a la organización colonial del Perú.” Facultad de Historia, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Zacatecas, México, February 28, March 1-2, 2005.

Julien, Catherine. “El eje andino.” Quinta reunión de expertos sobre el proceso de nominación del Qhapaq Ñan como Patromonio Mundial, April 9-13, 2005, Quito, Ecuador.

Kachun, Mitch. “African American Emancipation Celebrations: Festival of Freedom, 1808-2005.” Kalamazoo Valley Museum, May 1, 2005.

Kachun, Mitch. Workshop, “Teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Global Context.” Breakout session as part of the forum “Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.: Addressing Civil Rights, Inequality, Poverty, and World Peace in the Classroom,” Western Michigan University, January 19, 2005, Kalamazoo, MI.

Kachun, Mitch. "An Embattled Freedom: Celebrating Emancipation in the Jim Crow Era." Jim Crow Lecture Series, sponsored by the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, November 1, 2004, Western Michigan University.

Maier, Paul. “History, Archaeology, and Christianity.” A four-part seminar; St. Luke Lutheran Church, Jan. 22, 2005, Oviedo, FL and four other venues.

Maier, Paul . “Jesus of Nazareth – What Else Do We Know?” A four-part seminar at Immanuel Lutheran Church, January 15, 2005, Sierra Vista, AZ and five other venues.

Maier, Paul. “Conflict and Concord in the Early Church.” Church Counselors Conference, Feb. 2, 2005, Austin, TX.

Maier, Paul. “The Week that Changed the World.” A four-part seminar at St. John Lutheran Church, March 19, 2005, Mansfield, TX.

Maier, Paul. “Christ or Caricature?” A four-part seminar at St. John Lutheran Church, June 4, 2005, Marietta, GA and one other venue.

Maier, Paul. “Salt and Light!” Keynote address at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League national convention, June 17, 2005, Tampa, FL.

Maier, Paul. “History, Archaeology, and Christianity.” Two-lecture presentation at Concordia Seminary, October 17-18, 2004, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and four other venues.

Maier, Paul. “Christianity – The First Three Centuries.” A four-part seminar; Good Shepherd Church, July 25, 2004, Marion, IL and five other venues.

Maier, Paul. “Luther and the Reformation.” A five-part seminar; Lutheran Retreat Center, August 2-7, 2004, Arcadia, MI; Grace Lutheran Church, October 30, 2004, Woodbridge, VA.

Maier, Paul. “St. Paul and the Spread of Christianity.” A four-part seminar at First Family Church, August 18-19, 2004, Overland Park, KS and five other venues.

Maier, Paul. “New Horizons in the New Testament.” A four-part presentation at the Pacific-Southwest District Pastoral Conference, Sept. 29-30, 2004, Las Vegas, NV and four other venues.

Maier, Paul. “The Credentials of Christianity.” A four-part seminar at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Oct. 2, 2004, Port Angeles, WA and three other venues.

Palmitessa, James R. “Prague as a Communication Center during the Schmalkaldic War” (in German). Colloquium for Saxon History and Early Modern History, Institute of History, Technical University of Dresden, April 28, 2005, Germany.

Palmitessa, James R. “Finances and Moral Reform in the Prague Courts (after 1547): Disciplining or Conflict Resolution?” (in German). Humanities Center, History and Culture of East Central Europe, University of Leipzig, April 20, 2005, Germany.

Palmitessa, James R. “The Meaning and Function of Urban Law in Early Modern Europe” (in German). Faculty of Law, Ruhr University, April 19, 2005, Bochum, Germany.

Palmitessa, James R. “Writing the History of the Reformation in East Central Europe: The Challenges and Benefits of a North American Perspective.” Institute of History, Catholic University of Lublin, Novermber 9, 2004, Lublin, Poland.

Palmitessa, James R. “Like a Bird in a Cage?: The Royal Magistrates and the People of Prague in the Pre-White Mountain Age” (in Czech). State Regional Archive in Ceske Budejovice, sponsored by the Institute of History, Southern Bohemian University, November 18, 2004, Czech Republic.

Palmitessa, James R. Workshops, “Influences and Trends in American Scholarship on the History of Early Modern Europe” and “Institutional and Professional Issues Relating to the Study of Early Modern European History in the US.” Institute of History, Southern Bohemian University, 2004, Czech Republic.

Sabra, Adam. Panel co-organizer, “New Perspectives on Islamic Spain.” Sessions I-V, 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 5-8, 2005, Kalamazoo, MI.

Simon, Larry. Panel co-organizer, “New Perspectives on Islamic Spain.” 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 5-8, 2005, Kalamazoo, MI.

Warren, Wilson. “’I’m Glad I’m Not a Hog’: Workers’ Lives and the Ethics of Animal Slaughter.” Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives, Michigan State University Labor Education Program, November 12, 2004, East Lansing, MI.