Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference (RMIHC), September 19 and 20

Erstwhile introduces this weekend’s conference run by CU’s history graduate students.

Every year for the past fifteen years, the graduate students in the Department of History at the University of Colorado Boulder have hosted an interdisciplinary history conference, RMIHC. This conference brings together aspiring historians from across the country for two days in beautiful Boulder where they can share their research in a congenial, professional environment and gain some experience in giving public presentations. You can find the program below. Our friends over at RMIHC are very excited to host scholars from a wide variety of schools to discuss an array of historical subjects. If you are in the Boulder area this weekend, come join us on the second floor of the Hellems Arts and Sciences building on the CU-Boulder main campus. Registration is free for students, faculty, and staff of the university and is $10 per day for the general public. If you are not around this weekend, please join us for next year’s conference and watch for our call for papers in the spring!

RMIHC Program, 2015

Saturday, September 19th

9:15 – 9:45 am                     Registration/Check-in, Hellems 2nd Floor

9:45 – 11:00 am                   PRESENTATIONS:  SESSION I

Panel I-A:  Communities of Discourse in Colorado, Hellems 245

Chair: Julia Frankenbach, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator:  Dr. Thomas Andrews, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Graeme A. Pente, University of Colorado Boulder: The Colorado Chautauqua: White, Middle-Class Empire on the Plains
  • Beau Driver, University of Colorado Boulder: “A Well Located Chautauqua”: The Garden of the Gods Assembly of 1902 
  • R. Norton Herbst, University of Denver: Historical Growth of Non-Denominational Churches in Denver: A Quantitative Analysis and Its Challenges

Panel I-B:  Faith, Identity, and Politics, Hellems 247

Chair: TBA 

Commentator: Abby Lagemann, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Jillien Zudell, Western Illinois University: The Year(s) Without a Santa Claus: The Assault on and Defense of Christmas in Popular Print during the English Civil War and Interregnum
  • Kathryn Agnes Huether, University of Colorado Boulder: A Reflection of Society: An Assessment of Music as a Theoretical Approach in the Process of Understanding Jewish Identity
  • Damian Nemirovsky, University of California, Santa Barbara: Creating a Space for Catholic Progressives in Argentina’s University Student Politics: The First Generation of the Argentine Humanist Student League

11:00  – 11:15 pm                   BREAK

11:15 am – 12:30 pm           PRESENTATIONS:  SESSION II

Panel II-A: Media and Contemporary American Culture, Hellems 245

Chair: Alex Langer, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator:  Dr. Vilja Hulden, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Dexter Nelson II, University of Central Oklahoma: Marvel’s The Punisher: A Personification of the Vietnam War and the Growing Crime Wave of the 1970s  
  • Garrett Hillyer, University of Central Florida: Magic Trick: Extortion, Dirty Politics, and the Foundation of the Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise
  • Benjamin G. Rose, University of Central Oklahoma: US Anti-Haitianism: Racism and Religious Intolerance in U.S. perceptions of Haiti

Panel II-B: Narratives of the Modern, Hellems 247

Chair: Dr. Marcia Yonemoto, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator: Benjamin Montoya, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Patricia Helfenbein, University of Colorado Boulder: From Roads to Revolution: Kim Ok-kyun and a History of Modern East Asia
  • Jordan M. Reed, Drew University: Thomas A. Bailey and The American Pageant: The Construction of a Modern American History Textbook
  • Jessica Coker, Florida State University: The Transformation of Nature Through Misguided Efforts of Modernization and Its Consequences in the Landscape of Florida

Panel II-C: Learned Collections: Reading the Museum and Exhibiting the Library, Hellems 251

Chair: Samanthis Smalls, Scholar in Residence, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator: Caroline Grego, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Zachary M. Stoltzfus, Florida State University: Napoleon’s Kindle: Libraries, Literature, and the Legacy of the Napoleonic Era
  • Solmaz Mohammadzadeh Kive, University of Colorado Denver: The Non-History of the Other in the Museum
  • Julie Peterson, University of Massachusetts Amherst: #HistoryToday: Museums and Contemporary Social Justice Issues

12:30  – 12:45 pm                 BREAK

12:45 – 2:00 pm                  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANEL, Hellems 247

“Preparing for a Research Trip: How to Maximize Your Time in the Archives”

Moderators: Jillian M. Bjerke and Graeme A. Pente, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Dr. Martha Hanna, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jennifer Cullison, University of Colorado Boulder

2:00 – 2:15 pm                     BREAK

2:15 –  3:30 pm    PRESENTATIONS:  SESSION III

Panel III-A: Dispute, Identity, and Memory in the Middle Ages, Hellems 245

Chair: Kim Smith, University of Colorado Boulder 

Commentator: Dr. Anne E. Lester, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Sarah Luginbill, University of Colorado Boulder: The Relics of Saint Cuthbert and the Advent of Northumbrian Identity
  • Amanda Nerbovig, University of Colorado Boulder: Lepers and the Law: A Twelfth-Century Dispute Regarding Tithes in Chartres
  • Jillian M. Bjerke, University of Colorado Boulder: Makers of Memory: Berenguela and Blanche of Castile

  • Philip McCarty, West Texas A&M University: Among the Golden Horde

Panel III-B:  American Colonial Encounters, Hellems 247

Chair:  Dr. Fred Anderson, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator:  Sheena Barnes, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Jessica Taylor, University of Florida: “Wee suffered none of them about us to rest”: Chesapeake Indians and Property Bounds in Seventeenth-Century Virginia
  • Matt Zepelin, University of Colorado Boulder: Worlds of the Moravian Atlantic
  • Hannah Jocelyn, New York University: Authorizing Colonialism: The Welds in North America

Panel III-C: Race, Politics, and War in Public Health, Hellems 251

Chair: Dr. Miriam Kingsberg, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator: Jacob Wipf, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Caleb Hardner, University of Illinois at Chicago: “Infectious Intruders, Helpless Hawaiians: Public Health, Racial Stigma, and the Story of Honolulu’s Modern Sewer System”
  • Ben Weiss, The University of Texas at Austin: Syphilis and the Politics of Medical Mercury in Colonial Uganda, 1906-1922  
  • Nerissa Aksamit, West Virginia University: Training and Collaboration of British Friends During the Second World War

6:00 – 8:00 pm                    DINNER, CU Natural History Museum

Keynote Address:  Dr. Paul E. J. Hammer, University of Colorado Boulder

“Queen Elizabeth I’s Popular Traitor: Recalling the Earl of Essex”

Sunday, September 20th

9:15 – 9:45 am                     Registration/Check-in, Hellems 2nd Floor

9:45 – 11:00 am                   PRESENTATIONS: SESSION IV

Panel IV-A:  Discursive Borderlands of the Ottoman Empire, Hellems 245

Chair: Dr. John Hatch, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator: Graeme A. Pente, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Miguel Chavez, University of North Texas: Classical Ghosts: Greco-Roman Influences on Enlightenment Travel Writings in Ottoman Egypt
  • Milorad Lazic, George Washington University: Civilization and Race in American Travel Narratives about the Balkans, 1857-1918
  • Megan Maggi, George Washington University: The “Hierarchy of Memory”: The Armenian Genocide’s Inadequate American Legacy

Panel IV-B: Assembly, Protest, and Social Justice, Hellems 247

Chair: Kathleen King, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator:  Dr. Fredy González, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Kathryn E. Robinson, Florida State University: Women and the East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917
  • Artura E. Jackson, Salisbury University: Who do we remember; who do we forget? Gloria Richardson and the Cambridge Civil Rights Movement  
  • Kyla Sommers, George Washington University: “Castro-Trained Commandos,” “Consumer Revolts,” and the Constraints of White Control: Interpretations of the 1968 Washington, D.C. Riots and Boilerplate Solutions

11:00 – 11:15 am                   BREAK

11:15 – 12:30 pm                  PRESENTATIONS: SESSION V

Panel V-A: Heroes, Villains, and Gender, Hellems 245 

Chair:  Jillian M. Bjerke

Commentator: Dr. Lee Chambers, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Hallie Kroll, Salisbury University: Clara Gunby: Eastern Shore Hero or Traitor? A Question of Gender and Collective Memory in Civil War History
  • Morgan Longley- Schlehofer, University of Central Oklahoma: Representations of Gender: Bonnie and Clyde from 1930-1940
  • Courtney Merz, University of Central Oklahoma: Iraqi Torture and American Gender: Scapegoats of Abu Ghraib

Panel V-B: Conflict and Compromise in the Mid-Twentieth Century, Hellems 247

Chair:  Dr. David Ciarlo, University of Colorado Boulder

Commentator:  Elizabeth C. Libero, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Chris Juergens, Florida State University: Toward an Environmental History of the War in the Caucasus, 1942-3: Fall Edelweiss and the Experiences of German Army Group A
  • Sarah J. Gavison, University of Colorado Boulder: The Origins of Stalin’s Short-Lived Alliance with Zionism
  • Casey Scarpati, Texas Tech University: The tragedy of what could have been: US-Vietnamese Relations, 1944-1950


12:45 pm                               CLOSING REMARKS AND AWARD PRESENTATION


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