History Graduate Students Organized 24th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Conference
April 1, 2021
The 24th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Conference featured 46 presentations by students from 25 institutions globally. Department of History graduate students organized the conference; faculty from the Department of History served as discussants.
The following Virginia Tech students presented papers; all of them are master’s students in History, unless otherwise noted: Clay Adkins, “The Great Appalachian Flood of 1977 and Unit 18”; Nick Anthony, undergraduate History major, “We Will Not Comply: Racial Implications of the Second Amendment”; Jessica Brabble, “‘Let Us See to it That They Enter the Race with No Handicap’: The Better Babies Bureau and North Carolina, 1913–1929”; Jay Burkette, ASPECT doctoral student, “Historiography and Apocalypse: A Necessary Relationship?”; Noah Crawford, “‘A Matter of Increasing Perplexity’: How Refugees Experienced and Influenced the American Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley”; Sydney Montoya, “A Contested Empire: Fiscal Policy, Expansion, and Protest”; Benjamin Olex, “‘We Were Superior in Practice’: Reassessing the Context of British Navy Signal Reform”; Dylan Settle, “Checking the Chief Diplomat: The Role of Congress in the Sale and Transfer of Weapons Globally and the US-Israeli ‘Special Relationship,’ 1977–1989”; Faith Skiles, ASPECT doctoral student, “‘I Would Never Set Foot on American Soil Again’: Conversion, Space and Gender: American Women Missionaries in Korea”; Iris Swaney, “‘Take Care of Your Neighbor’: The New River Valley’s Legacy of the Battered Women’s Movement”; and Valencia Turner, “The Devil’s Half Acre: Lumpkin’s Slave Jail at the Shockoe Bottom Slave Market.”
The conference took place virtually March 19–20.