2009-10 Faculty Presentations

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

Conference Presentations

Berkhofer III, Robert F. “The Confession of a Forger.” Haskins Society Conference, Boston, MA, November 2009.

Berto, Luigi. “Narrating a Crisis: The Decline of the Lombards in the Chronicles of Saint Benedict of Cassino.” Annual Meeting of the Mediterranean Studies Association, Salamanca, Spain, May 2010.

Borish, Linda J.  “American Jewish Sportswomen: National and Ethnic Identities in the Maccabiah Games and in the 1930s.” International Society of History of Physical Education and Sport Conference, Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel, June 2010.

Borish, Linda J. “`C’ Mon Girls—Gertrude Ederle did it!  . . . Give the Men Some Wild Competition!’:  Jewish Young Women, Sport, and Democratic Pursuits at American Jewish Organizations.”  Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, Washington, DC, April 2010.

Borish, Linda J. “'Comparative Obscurity': Identity, Practice, and Historical Patterns in American Jewish Women's Sport.” International Sport Sociology Association World Congress, Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2009. 

Chiarappa, Michael.  “Cultivating Bivalves: Challenges and Refinements to Oyster Growing in the Delaware Bay, 1880-1940." North American Society for Oceanic History, University of Connecticut, Avery Point and Mystic, CT, May 2010.

Dooley, Howard. “Mission Impossible? The American Protestant Effort to Evangelize Arabia, 1889-1973.” Hawaii Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 2010.

Dooley, Howard. “Singapore: Paragon and Paradox on the Pacific Rim.” World History Association Conference, San Diego, CA, June 2010.

Elder, E. Rozanne. “Devoid of this Discipline?: William, Bernard, and Dialectics.” International Medieval Studies Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI,  May 2010.                 

Faires, Nora. “Memorializing Freedom: The Underground Railroad Monument and the Canada-U.S. Border.” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, San Diego, CA, November 2009.

Faires, Nora. “Political Culture and Discursive Place of a Twenty-First Century Monument to the Underground Railroad,” Social Science History Association, Long  Beach, CA, November 2009.

Hadden, Sally. “Probate Data on Lawyers’ Professional Libraries in Eighteenth-Century Boston and Charleston.” Nineteenth Biennial British Legal History Conference, University of Exeter, UK, July 2009.

Heasley, Lynne. “Paradigms and Paradoxes of Abundance: The St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes Basin.” First World Congress of Environmental History, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2009.

Martini, Edwin A. “Contested Knowledge: Science, the Body, and the State in Agent Orange Exposure Cases.” World Environmental Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2009.

Martini, Edwin A. “Forest Fire as a Military Weapon.” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., November 2009.

Norman, John. “Vasillii Vereshchagin: A Russian Artist Encounters America, 1888-1902.” NEH Institute: “America Engages Russia, c. 1880-1930,” New York Public Library, New York, NY, July 2009.

Palmitessa, James. “Ze jsou ti mezi jinými nejprav?jší: Confessional Rapprochement at the Diet of 1575as portrayed in the Diarium of the Bohemian Brethren.” 9th Biennial Symposium on the Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, Collegium Europeaeum and the Philosophical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2010.

Rubin, Eli. "Berlin-Marzahn: Geschichte eines Aufbaus und Gedanken zu einer Theorie von Materialität und Gedächtnis."  Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, Germany, June 2009. 

Rubin, Eli. "Concrete Colony: Berlin-Marzahn, the Wende of 1989/90, and the longue dureé of the Mark." American Historical Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, January 2010.

Rubin, Eli. “Germans' Things: Material Culture and Daily Life in East and West, 1949 2000.” University of California Los Angeles in conjunction with the Wende Museum and the German Historical Institute, October 2009.

Rubin, Eli."Viewing the Battle of Berlin and its Aftermath as a Material Rupture."  German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, October 2009.

Simon, Larry. “Dialogue and Disputation in the Medieval Western Mediterranean.” Deconstructing Dialogue: New Perspectives on Religious Encounters: Ancient, Medieval and Modern, University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, IL, January  2010.

Sorrels, Kate. “Oscar Jaszi, the Danubian Federation, and the Cold War.” Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, August 2009

Szylvian, Kristin. “The Word on the Waterfront is…New Media and the Preservation of Working Waterfronts.” Society for American City and Regional Planning History, Oakland, CA, October 2009.

Warren, Wilson J. “Civil Rights in Japan:  A Closer Look at the Buraku.” National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2009.

Warren, Wilson J. “Creating a History Teaching and Learning Community:  Experiences of a Secondary School-University Alliance in Southwestern Michigan.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2010.

Invited Presentations and Lectures

Berkhofer III, Robert F. “Reckoning and Writing: Counting, Accounting, and Accountability.” Learned Tools in Medieval Administration, Historisches Seminar, University of Zürich, Switzerland, February 2010.

Borish, Linda J. Invited Guest lecturer, “ Perceptions of Jewish Women in American Sport: Women’s Voices and Changes in Chicago History and American History,” Jewish Studies Program, University of Illinois, Chicago, including screening of documentary film “Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics,” April 2010.

Borish, Linda J. Presentation of "Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics: A Documentary Film,” International Society of History of Physical Education and Sport Conference, Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel, June 2010.

Brandão, J.A. “Ambivalent Foes: Iroquois Policy Toward New France in the Eighteenth Century.” 21st Annual French and Indian War Seminar, Jumonville, PA, November 2009.

Brandão, J.A. “Fort St. Joseph to 1763: A History of the People, Place, and its Material Culture.” The American Revolutionary War Symposium, The Northwest Territory Alliance, Hammond, IN, April 2010.

Brandão, J.A. “No Grants, No Travel, No Excuses: Researching and Writing Early North American History in the Digital Age.” Archivi e biblioteche: dalla memoria del passato al web, Cagliari, Italy, November 2009.

Chiarappa, Michael. “Usable Pasts of Harvested Waters: The Working Role of American Fisheries History.” Gulf of Maine Symposium: Advancing Ecosystem Research for the Future of the Gulf, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, October 2009.

Chiarappa, Michael. Panel Commentator: Ocean Ecology. American Society for Environmental History, Portland, Oregon, March 2010.

Coryell, Janet. Chair and commentator, “Contesting Domesticity: Varieties of Women’s Political Voice in the Early Republic.” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY, July 2010.

Coryell, Janet. “Lincoln and the Ladies: The Question of Woman Suffrage.” Lecture at College and University Library Section, Kansas Library Association Annual Meeting, Wichita, KS, April 2010.

Coryell, Janet. “Lincoln the Suffragist?” Lecture at Spring Lake Public Library, Spring Lake, MI, September 2009.

Elder, E. Rozanne. “Bernard of Clairvaux: Contemplative and Chimaera.” Lecture at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, January 2010.

Elder, E. Rozanne. Chair and commentator, “Early Christians: Martyrs, Preachers, and Monk.”  Northern Great Plains History Conference, St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN, October 2009.

Hadden, Sally. Paper at “Comparative History Meets Legal History.” Comparative History Workshop, McMaster University, Toronto, ON, February 2010.

Hadden, Sally. “Comparative History Meets Legal History: Problems of Method, Evidence, and Analysis in Colonial America.” Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, London, UK, April 2010.

Hadden, Sally. “What’s Done, What’s Undone: An Assessment of Legal History Written about the period 1700-1775.” Manchester American Studies Seminar, Manchester, February 2010.

Hadden, Sally. “Lawyers’ Libraries in Charleston and Boston.” Michigan Legal History Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI, September 2009.

Heasley, Lynne. Keynote for “Making it Home in the Kickapoo Valley: Wisconsin Cultural Tour for K-12 Teachers.” Wisconsin Arts Board, August 2010.

Kachun, Mitch. Commentator, "African American Historical Writing in the 19th and 20th Centuries." Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, October 2009.

Kachun, Mitch. “Julia C. Collins and African American History in Williamsport.” Lecture at Williamsport (PA) Juneteenth Celebration, June 2010.

Lyon-Jenness, Cheryl. “Even Artists Have to Eat:  Employment Programs and the New Deal.” Keynote Address, League of Women Voters of the Kalamazoo Area Annual Meeting, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2010.

Maier, Paul. “Jesus and Current Scholarship.”Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI, September 2009

Maier, Paul. “Comparing Sacred and Secular Sources,” Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, Detroit, MI, October 2009.

Maier, Paul. “History – The All-pervading Panorama of the Past.” Concordia International School, Shanghai, China, March  2010.

Martini, Edwin A. “Agent Orange: The History and Legacies of the Chemical War in Vietnam.” Renaissance Journalism Center, San Francisco State University, San Jose, CA, April 2010

Martini, Edwin A. “Intersections of Diplomatic, Cultural, and Social History.” Keynote Address for the Kalamazoo County Social Studies Committee, Kalamazoo, MI, September, 2009

Martini, Edwin A. “Afghanistan: Another Vietnam?” Lecture at Portage Central High School, Portage, MI, February 2010

Palmitessa, James. “The Breaking Down of ‘Walls between Praguers’: The Elusive Search for Neighborhood in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period.” (In German) Workshop on Neighborhood and the Sense of Community, Technical University, Dresden, Germany, June 2010.

Pyenson, Lewis R. “Image et Nature aux colonies européennes.” Laboratoire de Philosophie et d’Histoire des sciences, Université Paris-Diderot/CNRS (Paris VII), France, December 2009.

Pyenson, Lewis R. “Mathematics and Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century Argentina, Russia, and the United States.” Department of Mathematics Colloquium, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, Spring 2010.

Pyenson, Lewis R. “Science and Medievalism.” Lecture in Richard Utz’s seminar on Studies in Medievalism, Department of English, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, July 2009. 

Pyenson, Lewis R. “Two Incarnations of Athena: Scientists in the Service of Lebensraum in the Nineteenth Century in the United States, Argentina, and Russia.” Empires of Science in the Long Nineteenth Century, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, April 2010.

Warren, Wilson J. “Historical Thinking in a Digital World.” Keynote Lecture (with D.
Antonio Cantu) for Illinois Council for the Social Studies Conference, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, March 2010.

Xiong, Victor. “Education, Teaching, and Research.” Lecture at History Department, Xianmen (Amoy) University, China, November 2009.

Xiong, Victor. “Researching the Shitong.” Lecture at History Department, Xianmen (Amoy) University, China, November 2009.

Xiong, Victor. “Sui Literary Figures and Their Works.” Center for East Asian Studies Guest Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, April 2010.

Xiong, Victor. “Tang Chang’an and the Western Regions.” Silk Road Seminar, New York University, New York, NY, October 2009.

Yoshida, Takashi. “Identity, Ethnicity, and Culture of the Japanese Americans.” Lecture presented at the First United Methodist Church. Kalamazoo, MI, March 2010.
Yoshida, Takashi. Moderator, “How Nisei Served in WWII: Internment of Japanese Americans,” Kalamazoo Public Library, March 2010.

Yoshida, Takashi. “Peace, Patriotism, and Reconciliation: A Comparative Analysis of Postwar Japanese Peace Museums and Activism,” Lecture presented at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, February 2010.

Yoshida, Takashi. “Remembering Japanese American Experience during WWII.” Lecture presented at the First United Methodist Church. Kalamazoo, MI, March 2010.