Graduate Student Research and Professional Activities 2012-13

The Department of History at Western Michigan University encourages students to be active learners who demonstrate excellent research, critical thinking, oral communication and writing skills. The following information showcases the activities of our graduate students during 2012-13.

Articles and chapters

Beck, John R. “History and Memory: Commemorations for S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald.”
International Journal for Maritime History 24:1(2012): 203-227.
Mackie, Thomas D. Review of: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Lincoln Herald 113:4(2012): 302-305.
Wolfe, Adam C. “To Reach the Limits of Virtue.” Chronicles (September 2012).

Conference Presentations

Anderson, Hilary. “The British Women’s Land Army: A Step Toward Transforming Women’ Identities During the Second World War.” Great Lakes History Conference,” Grand Valley State University, October 2012.
Bollweg, John A. “The Last Days of an Eschatologist: The Informació spiritual of Arnau de Vilanova.” North American Catalan Society Colloquium, University of Toronto, May 2013.
Bradford, Brian. “Recite Two Incantations and Contact Me in the Morning: Medicine as Magic in Ancient Egypt.” Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Workshop, September 2012.
Bradford, Brian. “A Woman Scorned: Queen Mauia of the Saracens and the Arab Spring of the Fourth Century.” Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Valley State University, October 2012.
Bre’z, Skylar J. “Equity Education Legislation as Revolution.” Grand Valley State University’s Women and Gender Historians Conference, October 2012.
Byczynski, John. “City of Certainty: The Making of the Town of Crosby, Minnesota, 1910-1913.” North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, October 2012.
Denby, Eric. “Within the Sacred Hoop: The American Indian Movement, Wounded Knee, and a Return of Identity.” International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, Central Michigan University, April 2013.
Hart, Leland. “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan: Exodus and the Israeli Diaspora.” International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, Central Michigan University, April 2013.
Herhold, Claire. “The Challenges and Benefits of Museum and Tribal Collaboration.” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, Hope College, March 2013.
McCandless, Jaime. “Fines since fines: Borders and the Making of the Late Medieval Empire.” Paper presented at Renaissance Association of America, San Diego, CA, April 2013.
Staggs, Stephen. “The View from the Dutch Republic: Protestant Conceptualization of Indians.” 35th Annual New Netherland Seminar, New York, NY, September 2012.
Staggs, Stephen. “'Heijdenen’ and ‘Wilden’: Imagining Indians in the Dutch Republic and New Netherland.” Noontime Series Presentation, Calvin Academy for Livelong Learning, ÍÍGrand Rapids, MI, October 2012.

Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Byczynski, John. WMU Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant, October 2012.
Byczynski, John. John A. Robert Kliener Memorial Scholarship, WMU-AAUP Chapter, Fall 2012.
Harris, Patrick. Fulbright Research Grant, 2012-13.
Staggs, Stephen. Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Western Michigan University, 2012-13.