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Alumnus Geoffrey Newman publishes article in Kansas History

Kansas History Journal - G. Newman_Page_02Congratulations to Geoffrey Newman (UMKC History MA ‘13) on the recent publication of his article “Forgetting Strength: Coffeyville, The Black Freedom Struggle, and Vanished Memory” in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. Newman is a PhD candidate in American Studies at The University of Kansas.

Newman earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. His research into Coffeyville formed the basis of his master’s thesis while at UMKC. His work on that project was supervised by Drs. John Herron, Diane Mutti Burke, and Miriam Forman-Brunell.

Newman continues his study of race, ethnicity and memory. His doctoral dissertation investigates the changing racialization of Japanese-American citizens from their forced relocation and incarceration in internment camps during World War II to the payment of reparations to surviving internment camp victims in 1988.

CAS Associate Dean Publishes Book About the Wartime Deeds of Henry Bloch

Once upon a time, America’s Tax Man was America’s airman.

Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and was trained as a navigator for bomber missions. He flew 32 missions over Europe as a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His first mission was the third-ever raid over Berlin by the Allies.

Bloch’s wartime experiences, and the impact those experiences had on shaping his postwar business career, is the topic of a new book from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Continue reading

Ms. Annie Derrell (UMKC iPhD candidate) becomes Fellow in the SREB’s Doctoral Scholars Program

Congratulations to iPhD candidate Annie Derrell for being selected as a fellow in the Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP). According to the sponsoring Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), “the goal of the DSP is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities.”

Since its founding in 1993, the DSP has supported over a 1000 scholars at numerous institutes across the country. It offers direct services for doctoral students such as academic, personal, and motivational support, career counseling, networking, job recruitment, and continued advocacy into their early careers as faculty members. Derrell will be a part of the inaugural cohort of scholars from the University of Missouri System.

One of the most exciting aspects of DSP is the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, an annual meeting which serves as the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. The Institute provides workshops as well as recruitment and networking opportunities to give new scholars the tools to successfully complete their doctorates and enter into a faculty career in higher education.

Annie Derrell NewsDerrell is “extremely honored and very excited for this opportunity to meet and collaborate with other minority scholars.”

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve education and provide policymakers with reliable data to make sound educational policy decisions. There website is: www.sreb.org.

Dr. Linda Mitchell Interviewed by Washington Post on Introduction of Queen to Medieval Times

Medieval Times, a dinner theater experience loosely based on the 11th century Spanish court, featured a female ruler for the first time this year. Since its debut in the United States in 1983, the show, which includes a banquet, jousting, swordfights, and stunts on horseback, has been presided over by a king. This year, however, Doña Maria Isabella reigned.

Professor of History Linda Mitchell, who also serves as affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as President of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, weighed in on this change in a recent Washington Post article. Check out her comments on women in the medieval world and the historical accuracy of Medieval Times here.

Dr. Rebecca Egli (UMKC History BA ’08) receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Linda Hall Library

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca (Mowry) Egli on receiving a post-doctoral Residential Fellowship at Linda Hall Library. During her two-month stay, she will conduct research for her current project, “Seeds of Misfortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature,” a history of America’s plant explorers that examines the impact of plant introduction and breeding on agricultural biodiversity and innovation.

Rebecca Egli FullRebecca grew up in Kansas City and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMKC’s History Department in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from King’s College London in 2010 and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis in 2018.

Exploring intersections between agriculture, science, and the environment, her dissertation, “The World of Our Dreams: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science,” looks at federal scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring developments in plant biology and the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants into the United States.

We are so proud to have Dr. Egli conducting research again in Kansas City!

Dr. Sandra Enriquez lands Two Grants from the Texas State Historical Society

The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Sandra Enriquez, who is also the Director of the Public History Emphasis, has been awarded two competitive fellowships from the Texas State Historical Association. Continue reading

Fellowship Award Helps IPhD Student Broaden Vision of Life In Humanities

UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student Matt Reeves recently received a pre-doctoral fellowship award from the Humanities Without Walls consortium. The fellowship award will pay for Reeves to participate in the organization’s Alternative Academic Careers Summer Workshop. The workshop aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside of the academy.
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UMKC History iPhD K. David Hanzlick publishes book with U. MO Press

Congratulations to K. David Hanzlick, alumnus of the History iPhD program, on the publication of his book, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, with the University of Missouri Press.

Hanzlick BookHanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

K. David Hanzlick is Director of Program and Development for Sheffield Place, a treatment and transitional living program for homeless mothers and children. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Rockhurst University and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

New UMKC Guest Professor studies German Aristocrats in the Modern World

Tryg Has-Ellison newsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce that Dr. John Trygve “Tryg” Has-Ellison will be serving as a Guest Professor for the 2018-19 academic year.

Dr. Has-Ellison is the current Non-Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to this post, he was Vice-Consul in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Desk Officer for European Issues of Congressional interest in Washington D.C. His visiting appointment at UMKC coincides with his participation in the Command and General Staff Officers Course at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Continue reading

Inscribing Yourself into a Nazi Future: Love Letters in the Third Reich

Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann, Marlis Buchholz, Bianca Roitsch, Karl H. Schneider, Christiane Schröder, Hrsg. Der Ort der “Volksgemeinschaft” in der deutschen Gesellschaftsgeschichte. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöning, 2018. https://www.schoeningh.de/katalog/titel/978-3-506-78648-7.htmlSince 2011, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Professor of History & Public Humanities, has been one of the lead researchers for a project called Trug&Schein. It uses the correspondence of an ordinary German couple, Hilde Laube and Roland Nordhoff, to facilitate public engagement with everyday life over the course of the Second World War. Continue reading

LGBTQ-Themed Student Exhibit Receives National Council on Public History Award

In 1966, the NACHO planning meeting was held in the State Hotel, visible on the left in this view near 12th and Wyandotte. Courtesy: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.A University of Missouri-Kansas City student-produced LGBTQ-themed exhibit, currently being displayed at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, has received a Student Project Award from the National Council on Public History. The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of UMKC Miller Nichols Library through April 8, and is available online.

The Student Project Award is given to an outstanding public history student venture initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history. “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was submitted by UMKC students Taylor C. Bye, Kathryn B. Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer (now an alumna), Kevin Ploth and Jennifer Tufts. Continue reading

Six MA Students in the UMKC History Department win National Council on Public History Award for Student Project

Making History MHC with AudienceThe UMKC Department of History is proud to announce that six graduate students in the Master of Arts in History with a Public History Emphasis program have been awarded the National Council on Public History’s Student Project Prize for their project, Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights. The UMKC students receiving the award are: Taylor Bye, Kathryn Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer, Kevin Ploth, and Jennifer Tufts.

The award is given to “an outstanding public history student project initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history.” Continue reading

Marc Reyes History Alum (MA 2014) wins Fulbright Award

Marc Reyes smOur hearty congratulations go to UMKC History Alum (MA 2014) Marc Reyes! Marc has been awarded a Fulbright Award to support his doctoral research in India. The title of his research is: “In the Circle of Great Powers: India, the United States, and the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947-1974.” Marc is currently a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut. You do us proud, Marc!

Drs. Matt Osborn & Makini King interviewed on Fox4 & KCTV5 in Blackface Debate

Blackface refers to the cultural practice of covering the face of a white (or black) performer to create a caricature of a black person. Although usually associated with nineteenth-century minstrel shows, blackface can still be found today both in theatrical performances and sometimes also in Halloween costumes.

The debate about the racist implications of blackface continues today. In national news, the NBC “Today” host Megyn Kelly’s show was cancelled following her on-air remarks expressing acceptance of blackface. In local news, a registered nurse at St. Luke’s was fired after she posted pictures of herself and a friend on facebook in blackface.

UMKC Professor Matthew W. Osborn and UMKC Diversity Director Makini King were interviewed on 30 October 2018 for local television about the history, politics, and ethics of blackface. Their comments aired at 5 PM on KCTV5 and Fox4.

Student Research

New Histories Researched and Written by UMKC Students and Alumni

2019

Undergraduate Theses

Chicoine, Joshua, “The Dawn of Bronze: Kurgan, Hyksos, and the Rise of the New Kingdom in Egypt,” 2019.

Cline, Taylor, “The Militarization of the Dark Knight: Batman, the Police and Urban Decay in 1980’s America,” 2019.

Dungan, Savannah, “Our Social Construction and the Making of a Serial Murder,” 2019.

Garland, Cameron, “Opportunities Caused by the Great Fire of London,” 2019.

Greene, Alexander, “The Occult Nature of Language and Race,” 2019.

Gutierrez, Jonny, “Mendez vs. Westminster: The Unsung Case,” 2019.

Holliman, Jacob, “Missing Pages: What is in the missing pages of Darwin’s Transmutation Notebooks and what was he thinking?,” 2019.

Jennings, Jacob, “Unmaking Maya: Deconstructing the Illusion of the Thuggee Death Cult,” 2019.

Kovar, Carolyn, “Working Between the Lines; the Failure of Section 235 and the Role of the Government in Undermining Residential Integration in the 1970s,” 2019.

Lopez, Anthony, “The New Sun: Understanding Transition through Media,” 2019.

Maxwell, Joshua, “Early 1900s Black Migration to Kansas City and its Impact on Segregation and Suburbs,” 2019.

Noe, Emily, “Bloody Fanaticism vs. Virgin Tolerance: The Role the Religious Policies of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor Played in Forming Their Subsequent Reputations,” 2019.

Ouellette, Taryn, “Branching Out From Balanchine: The Americanization of Ballet in the United States during the Mid-Twentieth Century,” 2019.

Samaniego, Dana, “The Impact of American Drug Policies on the Methamphetamine Crisis,” 2019.

Schaible, James, “How Twentieth Century Urban Development Changed and Divided Kansas City,” 2019.

Trafton, Elizabeth, “English Gentleman: Soviet Spies Kim Philby’s and Guy Burgess’ Representation in British Popular Media,” 2019.

Usman, Ambroshia, “The African American Experience in Kansas City: How Racial Residential Segregation Negatively Affected African Americans,” 2019.

Walker, Tiffany, “Thomas J. Pendergast and the Pendergast Machine: How the Corruption of the Pendergast Machine Negatively Impacted the Kansas City Residents,” 2019.

Ward, Haley, “Race, Religion, Patriotism: How Missouri Newspapers Portrayed Barack Obama During the 2008 Presidential Election,” 2019.

Weis, Sam, “From Manly Heros, to Economic Stimulant: U.S. Soldiers in the Korean War,” 2019.

Williams, Leeann, “Analysis of the 1943 Bengal Famine,” 2019.

Zuniga, Andrew, “Emotional and Physical Responses to the Great Plague of 1665-1666 in England,” 2019.

MA Theses

Banks, Alexander, “Stories Untold: The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education’s Testimony Collection Practices,” 2019.

Carpenter, Kathryn, “Access to Nature, Access to Health: The Government Free Bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park, 1877 to 1922,” 2019.

Cline, Randi, The Work and the Glory: Historical Fiction and Cultural Narrative in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” 2019.

Foyer, Jean-Charles, “La France au bord de l’Amérique (France on the edge of America): Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the Twentieth Century,” 2019.

Gipple, Justin, “Pursuing a United Memory: Harry Truman’s Construction of a Collective Memory of the Western Hemisphere,” 2019.

Kane, Seán, “Margaret Roper and Mary Basset: The Influence of Christian Humanism on the Education of Thomas More’s Daughter and Granddaughter,” 2019.

Lyle, Kylie Elizabeth, “Living in Fear: An Analysis of Writings by Elizabeth Tudor, 1544-1565,” 2019.

Rucker, Sarah, “The United States of Embarrassment: How Concerns about the World’s View of America Propelled Justice Department Action in Civil Rights,” 2019.

Young, Elizabeth, “O, Beastly Jew!: Allegorical Anti-Judaism in Thirteenth Century English Bestiaries,” 2019.

Alumni Publications

Poston, Brook, James Monroe: A Republican Champion, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2019.

Spring 2019 Capstone Program

2018

Undergraduate Theses

Albright, Hunter, “You Came Here Seeking Freedom: World War I Propaganda Posters and Jewish American Identity,” 2018.

Anderson, Nick, “The Plebian Influence on the Marian Reforms,” 2018.

Bilyeu, Zachary, “Survive! Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One as a Reflection on 1970s America,” 2018.

Burton, Sarah, “The Dependents: Women on Their Own in 18th Century London,” 2018.

Culp, Brittany, “The Humanist Influence: Opposition and Affirmation among Preachers in Renaissance Florence,” 2018.

Erikson, Holly, “The Vestal Virgins: An Analysis of the Influence and Power of Female Religious Figures in Ancient Rome,” 2018.

Fanciullo, Jordon, “Imperial Virtus: A Numismatic Study of Emperor Hadrian’s Coinage and Representations of Roman Gender Dynamics,” 2018.

Freiermuth, Samuel, “Facing the Iron Brigade: 10 Years of Conflict and Its Effect on the Kansas Militia,” 2018.

Fulbright, David, “Florentine Historians’ Depictions of the Guelph-Ghibelline Conflict,” 2018.

Greenberg, Matthew, “Huey Long and Anti-Semitism: How Huey Long Masked His Anti-Semitic Views through Anti Banking Rhetoric,” 2018.

Griffin, Ashley, “Prosperity of the 1930s & 1940s: The Success of Nelly Don & the Donnelly Garment Company,” 2018.

Hanson, John, “The Rise of Charter Schools in Kansas City,” 2018.

Holman, Chris, “‘Get Down, You Damn Fool!’ The Birth of the Sniper: How the Whitworth Rifle Helped to Change the Battle Field Forever,” 2018.

Juknevicius, Gaile, “Trimming Down Anglo-Norman History: How the Rise of the Irish Anglo-Norman Aristocracy Was Reflected in the Architecture and Archaeology of Trim Castle in Trim, County Meath, Ireland,” 2018.

Klint, Alyson, “Eugenics—Positive, Negative or Both? The Case of Dr. Florence Sherbon,” 2018.

Laney, Kaija, “Suicide in the Executive Mansion: How the Death of Thomas Reynolds Led to the Creation of Missouri’s First Asylum,” 2018.

Loya, Luis, “The Mexican Urban Experience in Kansas City,” 2018.

Martinez, John, “Winds of Empire: The U.S. Response to Hurricane Disaster in Puerto Rico, 1928,” 2018.

Mason, Andromeda, “Junius Groves: Potato King,” 2018.

Piatt, Joshua, “The Whiskey Rebellion: The First Watershed of Infant American Politics,” 2018.

Prado, Erika, “The Creation of an Icon: The Bolivian Cholita’s Role in Identity Formation In Eighteenth-Century Bolivia,” 2018.

Provo, Zachary, “After Stonewall: Gay Political and Sexual Expression through Dance,” 2018.

Sicola, John, “The Veteran Artist: Max Beckmann,” 2018.

Valdivia, Ray, “Ambrose’s Letters: Blessing and Chastisement,” 2018.

Winkler, Elijah, “Gompers Goes to War: The AFL, the International Workers of the World, and the First World War, 1913-1918,” 2018.

MA Theses

Bye, Taylor, “‘On the Side of Freedom and Loyalty:’ Reconstruction in Western Missouri, 1865-1875,” 2018.

Mika, Joshua Christopher, “Constructing Comanche: Imperialism, Print Culture, and the Creation of the Most Dangerous Indian in Antebellum America,” 2018.

Ploth, Kevin, “When Cultures Collide: How Primitive Masculinity and Class Conflict Derailed the Patrick J. Hurley Diplomatic Mission to China, 1944-1945,” 2018.

PhD Theses

Pingelton, Timothy James, “Three Paths To Religious Integration In Ernest Hemingway’s War Fiction,” 2018.

Alumni Publications

Egli, Rebecca, “‘The World of Our Dreams’: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science,” PhD diss., University of California, Davis, 2018.

Hanzlick, K. David, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2018.

Fall 2018 Capstone Program

Spring 2018 Capstone Program

2017

Undergraduate Theses

Carmona, Jude, “The History of ‘Hiroshima Is a Lie’: The Dissemination of the Nuclear Weapons Hoax Conspiracy Theory,” 2017.

Hampton, Tyler, “The Influence of Pedagogical Practices on Government in Ancient Sparta and Rome,” 2017.

Olson, Maria, “Wife, Mother, Mistress: The Formation of Identity by English Gentry Women in the Late Medieval Period,” 2017.

Pacubas, Mara, “U.S. MASH Nurses in Korea, 1950-1953,” 2017.

Stenger, David, “A Final Quest Concerning the Rectification of Principles,” 2017.

MA Theses

Brown, Kenan Aaron, “Loving all People Regardless of Race, Creed, or Color”: James L. Delk and the Lost History of Pentecostal Interracialism,” 2017.

Peile, Kaylee M, “Building Bridges: An Anthology of the War on Prostitution and the Greater Women’s Movement in Kansas City,” 2017.

Scheil, Luke Slater, “From Pop Culture to Nuclear Debate: The Impact of The Day After in Lawrence and Kansas City,” 2017.

Smith, Gregory S, “The Laboring Irish: Developing Community and Industry in Early Kansas City,” 2017.

PhD Theses

Davis, Justin Allen, “The Theological Edifice of Modern Experiential Protestantism: Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, and Palmer’s Reconstruction of Nineteenth Century Pietism,” 2017.

Kateusz, Allisyn, “An Inquiry into the Relationship between Community and Text: Narratives and Iconography Depicting Christian Women with Authority in Late Antiquity,” 2017.

Kelley, Tanya, “World to Word: Nomenclature Systems of Color and Species,” 2017.

Smith, Dale Warren, “The Victorian Preacher’s Malady: The Metaphorical Usage of Gout in the Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon,” 2017.

Fall 2017 Capstone Program

The Most Interested Man in Kansas City

Bill AshworthScience, art, technology, history, space. Bill Ashworth wants to know about everything.

If  you’re curious, there are many things that Bill Ashworth wants you to know.

But here’s the main thing: Learning is fun.

That optimistic aphorism is more than a casual one to Ashworth and his devoted admirers, who delight in the local educator’s indefatigable interest in not only his chosen academic field—the history of science—but anything else that might tickle his circuitously inquisitive mind.

Ashworth is a longtime associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and consultant on rare books for the privately-funded Linda Hall Library, an independent research library of science, engineering and technology across the street from the UMKC campus. Continue reading

UMKC/UMSL offer first Transnational Student Research Course with U. of Hamburg in FS18

During the nineteenth century, large numbers of German migrants settled in the state of Missouri. In this three-credit online course in public history (HIST 400B/5500B), students from the universities of Missouri in Kansas City and St. Louis will collaborate with German peers from the University of Hamburg in researching and writing short interpretive essays on the everyday lives of German migrants before, during, and after their migration.
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Two CAS Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards

Fulbright US Student Program logoTwo College of Arts and Sciences alumni have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to continue their research and scholarship. Sydney Harvey, who received her Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Film from UMKC in 2016, will study in the United Kingdom; and Marc Reyes, who received his Master of Arts in History from UMKC in 2014, will study in India.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Continue reading

UMKC History Professor Reconstructs the History of Surgery before Anesthesia

The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88Lynda Payne publishes new book about “the best surgeon” in 18th century England.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce the publication Professor Lynda Payne’s new book, The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88, about the influential English surgeon Percivall Pott, whose practice of surgery was praised for being methodical, skilled and measured.

Payne, a specialist in the history of science and medicine, challenges the belief that the practice of surgery prior to the invention of general anesthesia was “a realm of screaming patients and larger than life eccentric medical men whose primary aims were to operate as fast as possible.” The goal of her new book is to humanize and historicize medical practices by looking at the biography of this landmark teacher and practitioner. Continue reading

Volume Coauthored by Dr. Andrew Bergerson Published in Paperback

In December 2018, Berghahn Books published RUPTURES IN THE EVERYDAY: Views of Modern Germany from the Ground in paperback. The lead authors of this jointly written work are UMKC Professor of History Andrew Stuart Bergerson and Leonard Schmieding.

Throughout the twentieth century, Germans underwent constant disruptions in their lives, and many struggled to integrate their experiences into coherent narratives. Ruptures in the Everyday brings together twenty-six interdisciplinary researchers in a collectively authored work of scholarship that explores how Germans conceived of the self, society, families, objects, institutions, policies, violence, and authority by investigating Alltageveryday life.