Student Organize and Present History Graduate Conference
April 3, 2017
The 20th annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference was held March 18–19 at the University Club and the Graduate Life Center; it featured 23 presentations by students from 11 U.S. institutions, including Virginia Tech.
Department of History graduate students organized the conference; faculty from the Department of History served as discussants. Presenting papers were the following master’s students in History: Mason Ailstock, “Making Their Mark: World War I Memorial and Commemoration Formation by Veterans in Johnson City, TN, 1918–1999”; Kevin Caprice, “No True Veteran . . .: Constructing a Hierarchy within Union Veteranhood”; Earl Cherry, Jr., “Training Virginians: Rural Training Schools of Virginia’s Segregated Education System, 1895–1955”; Grace Hemmingson, “The Battle in Richmond: Catawba Sanatorium and Virginia’s ‘War on Tuberculosis’”; Chris Keller, “Bluegrass by Flatt and Scruggs: Sophisticated and Nostalgic”; Jonathan MacDonald, “Reel Guidance: Midcentury Classroom Films and Adolescent Adjustment”; Jenny Nehrt, “The Opportunity in Disaster: Securing White Supremacy in Memphis during the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic”; Daniel Newcomb, “‘Living in a New World’: World War One and the Decline of Military Tradition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1916–1923”; Rebecca Williams, “’Weird Old Figures and a New Twist’: Cultural Functions of Halloween at the Turn of the 20th Century.”