Senior Paper Presentations

History majors will be presenting their senior papers on Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm at an event put on by the history department. Several history majors are also presenting their work on Friday May 9 at the Luther College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Here is the schedule. All are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Koren 216

Early American Military and Political Events

      Moderator: Emily England

Jacob Fox, “A Necessary Evil: The Emergence of the First Party System”

Matthew Mello, “Military Feats with Few Equals and No Superiors: The First Minnesota Regiment at Gettysburg”

Nathan Schmidt, “Frozen False Hopes: The Sources of Potential Victory and Ultimate Failure of the Invasion of Quebec During the American Revolution”

Koren 217

Investigating Two Very Different Places and People

      Moderator: Hans Becklin

Austin Perry, “Misrepresenting Culture: A Look at San Marginizalization Through Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Travelogues”

Kasey Thorson, "The Unforeseen Empress: The Rise and Rule of Catherine the Great"

Koren 218

Why the Film Title “No Sex Please, We’re British” was Wrong!

      Moderator: Lisa Rogers

Steven Andrukaitis, "The Not so Innocent Victorians; Courtship, Engagement, Sex, and Marriage"

Rachel Selvig, "Birth Control among the British Working Class, 1900-1930: Destigmatization and Expansion"

Lindsey Bratland,  “Perfecting Domesticity: The Victorian Home and its Inhabitants.”


Friday, May 9, 2014

The sessions from the Luther College Undergraduate Research Symposium below only note history major participation. A full schedule is available here.

Cate Anderson will be offering reflections on her research process at the opening ceremony:

9:00–9:45 A.M.
Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Opening Convocation: Celebration and Keynote Address

  • Welcome: President David Tiede and Paul Esker ’14
  • Address: President-elect Paula Carlson
  • Research Reflections:
    • Cate Anderson ’14
    • David Pfotenhauer ’15
  • Music: Aurora and Norsemen (Jennaya Robison and Andrew Last, conductors)

Seniors presenting their senior papers:

10:00–11:00 A.M.

Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall
Social Societies
Faculty Moderator: Brian Caton

  • Samuel Wettach (on a panel of 3), "The Civilian Conservation Corps’ (CCC’s) Role in American Environmental History: New Deal Politics, the CCC in Winneshiek County, and Its Environmental Legacy"

Jenson-Noble Recital Hall
Power and Politics
Faculty Moderator: Gokhan Savas

  • Cate Anderson (on a panel of 3), "Deconstructing Discourses of the Migrant in South African History from Apartheid to the Present"

Preus Library, Hovde Lounge
Something Old, Something New
Faculty Moderator: Alfredo Alonso Estenoz

  • Andrew Ruud (on a panel of 3), "Examining Trade Relations and Networks in 16th-Century New Spain"

11:15 A.M.–12:15 P.M.

Preus Library, Hovde Lounge
A Matter of Perspective
Faculty Moderator: Holly Moore

  • Hans Becklin (on a panel of 3), "Art as Theological Propaganda: Herbjørn Gausta’s Good Shepherd"

History majors presenting in their other majors (they are all double majors):

10:00–11:00 A.M.

Olin 101
Going Upstream
Faculty Moderator: Laura Peterson

  • Callie Mabry (Environmental Studies senior project, on a panel of 3), "Local Foods in Food Pantries: Current Successes, Barriers to Increasing Procurement by Pantry Clients, and Possible Solutions"

11:15 A.M.–12:15 P.M.

Olin 107
Loss and Wonder
Faculty Moderator: Michael O’Brien

  • Nathan Schmidt (English senior project, on a panel of 3), "'Broken Dolls': A Short Story of Loss and Wonder"
  • Marin Nycklemoe (Religion senior project, on a panel of 3), "Hidden within the Land of the Rising Sun: The Development of the Kakure Kirishitans and the Evolution of Religion"

History majors who are not yet seniors who are presenting their research:

10:00–11:00 A.M.

Olin 102
Behind the Scenes at Luther
Faculty Moderator: Hongmei Yu

  • Bailey Mulholland (on a panel of 3), "Professor Profiles: A Film Exploration of Life Outside the Classroom"

2:15–3:15 P.M.

Valders 206
Getting the Gospel II
Faculty Moderator: James Barker

  • Nicholas McGrory (on a panel of 3), "When Were the Gospels Written?"
Hans Becklin
Cate Anderson
Callie Mabry