Lee E. Patterson participated in the conference “The Sasanian Empire and Rome,” the title for the first day of a larger event called “Persia & Rum,” covering topics from ancient (day one) and medieval and modern Iran (day two) on 14-15 November 2013 in Rome, Italy. This conference was held at the British School at Rome and sponsored by the British Institute of Persian Studies. Dr. Patterson’s paper, “The Role of Religion in Romano-Sasanian Relations,” explored the way in which Zoroastrianism and Christianity influenced how Roman emperors and Sasanian Great Kings related to each other diplomatically and militarily. Eastern Illinois University was the only American institution represented at the conference on ancient Iran. The conference organizers hope to publish a volume based on the papers presented, and Dr. Patterson has been invited to contribute. While in Rome, Patterson also made sure to visit what sites he could and take pictures for his ancient Roman history collection.
Students at Eastern Illinois University have worked during the fall semester to produce an exhibit that focuses on memories of the Charleston Riot. Amy Wywialowski, history major and journalism minor, completed requirements for an independent study with this project. She worked with other students enrolled in HIS 4930: Public History: Meaning & Method who had the responsibility of research on the ways individuals associated with the event remembered (and forgot) the event over time, how veterans remembered the event, and how others not involved made it part of Charleston economic development. These students included Alex Gillespie and Michael Ludwinski, both graduate students in the history department, and Alex Scalise, an undergraduate student majoring in history with teacher certification and minoring in anthropology.
The Coles County Historical Society sponsored the exhibit which will open Dec. 4, Wednesday, 4:00-5:15 pm. Stay tuned for an announcement about where the general public can see this exhibit between early December and the public events planned for the 150th riot anniversary event (March 27-29, 2014).
Robin Simonton, member of the Historical Administration class of 2003, was recently named Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh News and Observer for her outstanding work as Director of the Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC. Please join us in congratulating Robin on this tremendous honor.
On Thursday, October 24, 2013, upwards of eighty teachers gathered for the 34th Annual History and Social Science Teachers conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Read All About It! Using Primary Documents, Library Resources, and Local History to Foster Social Studies Literacy.” Attendees heard a keynote from Dr. Catherine Denial, lead historian for the Bringing History Home program in Iowa, which worked to integrate primary sources into k-12 social studies education. After the keynote, attendees chose three of six professional development sessions, including three sessions on the Midwest during the Civil War by Dr. Terry Barnhart, Dr. Bob Sampson (Millikin), and Dr. Shannon Smith (The College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University); a session by Catherine Denial on the SOCC approach to primary source analysis; a session from Ann Brownson (Booth Library) and Dr. Jeanne Okrasinski (CEPS) on the Common Core, library, and media; and the traditional Swap Shop, where participants shared teaching ideas and learned from Penny Jones, veteran teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Decatur.
The History department offered great support for the conference, with Dr. Barnhart offering a session on Copperheads and Drs. Ed Wehrle, Michael Shirley, and Charles Titus serving as facilitators for other sessions. History with Teacher Certification students Tom Griffith and Lucas Voudrie also served as facilitators. Dr. Anita Shelton welcomed conference attendees during the concluding luncheon (as did President William Perry), and many faculty members attended the conference.
Next year’s conference will take place in fall 2014. If anyone has ideas they would like to see covered—or presentations you might wish to make yourself!—please contact Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz.
On October 26 & 27, Dr. Jinhee Lee participated in the 62nd Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at Michigan State University by organizing two film screenings and chairing a related roundtable discussion. The films and roundtable focused on the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923 and the subsequent massacres of Koreans and other minority nationalities in Japan. This event was one of seven film screenings and symposia Dr. Lee is organizing across the United States this fall to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the natural and social disaster that shook the Japanese empire to its core.
Following the screening of two unreleased, seldom-seen documentaries, Professor Lee led a panel of historians and literary scholars in a discussion which shed light on the legacy of the tragedy and the forms of remembrance and commemoration it has occasioned. The two films shown were “Hidden Scars: The Massacre of Koreans from the Arakawa River Bank to Shitamachi in Tokyo, 1923” (1983) and “The Disposed-Of Koreans: The Great Kanto Earthquake and Camp Narashino” (1986) both by Choongkong Oh.
With great pleasure the EIU History Department announces that history major Zachary Samples has been named a Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate for 2013. Nominated by Professor Lynne Curry, and seconded by Dan Nadler, EIU’s VP for Student Affairs, Zach received this award for his exceptional work inside and outside the classroom.
Each year the Lincoln Academy of Illinois presents Student Laureate Awards to seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. At the Student Laureate Convocation to be held in May at the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Zach will receive a Student Laureate Medallion, an honorarium check, and a certificate of achievement. He will also attend a luncheon at the Governor’s Executive Mansion. Please join us in congratulating Zach on this outstanding achievement.
Dr. Lynne Curry has spent the past year immersed in researching and writing on the historical intersections of law, medicine and society, particularly as they pertain to children. In February she gave a paper entitled, “From Religious Freedom to Medical Neglect: Faith, Medicine, and Children’s Rights in the Twentieth-Century United States,” at King’s College in London. Dr. Curry developed an essay from that paper that will be published in a forthcoming volume on religion in American life.
This fall she is continuing her research on that topic, aided by Ace Graduate Assistant Emily Scarbrough, and her next step is a paper for the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine in the spring. Dr. Curry’s ultimate goal is to knit several strands of her research together into a monograph that traces changing medical, cultural, and legal views of children in the United States. Meanwhile, she reviewed works by other historians for the Journal of American History, the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, and H-Law, a listserve for legal historians; Dr. Curry also reviewed book manuscripts for the University of Massachusetts Press and Westview Press. Finally, Dr. Curry wrote an essay entitled, “Modern Reproductions: Women, Biology, and History,” that will be published in the Journal of Women’s History.