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The purpose of the History Club is to protect and promote the integrity of the discipline of history, provide a forum for student-led historical debate, and encourage UNI students to interact across disciplines. 

 Donald Shepardson Memporial Student Research Conference

Saturday, March 13th, 2021


10 am        Welcome to the Virtual Conference

Professor Jennifer McNabb, UNI History Department Head

Remembering Donald Shepardson –

Professor Emeritus Robert Martin                                                                               

10:30 am – 11:45 am   Panels, rooms I – IV

I. Imperialism, War, and Borderlands in Nineteenth-Century North America

Moderator: Lee Verner

  1. Alex Billman, “’Emancipated from Tyranny and Oppression’: America’s Invasion of Canada During the War of 1812-1815.”
  2. Olivia Campbell, “Expansion to Riches: The Mexican Cession and Its Effect on America, 1846-1870.”
  3. James Schmitt, “The Photographic Business of War and Death: Matthew Brady’s Photography During the American Civil War, 1861-1865.”

II. Pathology as History: From Cholera to Insanity to Political Cults

Moderator: Andrew Roozeboom

  1. Peter Limbert, “Tearing Down the Veil: Demystifying Disease During the London Cholera Epidemic of 1854-1855.”
  2. Julia Storm, “The Chilling Adventures of Nellie: The Journey of Nellie Bly, A Self-Admitted Insane Asylum Patient to a World Traveler, 1887-1890.”
  3. Cara Hassenstab, “Blurring the Line: The Nazi Medical Experiments, 1939-1950.”
  4. Mia Godfrey, “The American Cult: Scientology’s Tight Grip on American Pop Culture and Government, 1950-1980.”
III. What’s So Funny About Peace, Art, Drugs and Space Junk?: Political Anxieties in Twentieth Century United States History

Moderator: Sean Riley

  1. Maya Jess, “’Suffrage is a Dead Issue’: Carrie Chapman Catt’s Peace Activism, 1920-1943”
  2. Dana Jamison, “Beautiful Work: The Works Progress Administration Art Programs, 1935-1944.”
  3. Isaac Lindauer, “Eight Miles High: Fear and Psychedelic Use in Sixties America, 1960-1969.”
  4. Samantha Titus, “All Eyes on Space: The Search for Environmental Safety and Pioneer 10, 1969-1974.”
IV. University of Northern Iowa as Historical Site: Public History Panel

Introductions by Dr. Dong

Moderator: Benjamin Kimball

  1. Mandy Heeren, “Burnin’ Down the Hall(s): The Story of UNI’s Two Original Buildings, Central and Gilchrist Halls, and Their Ultimate Demise.”
  2. Eliza Mussmann, “The UNI 7.”
  3. Kaitlyn Evers, “UNI and the AIDS Crisis, 1983-1994.”

12 pm Gather for closing comments

          Wrap-up and parting words – Professor Jennifer McNabb



Fall 2020 Events:

Dr. Timothy Nelson reading

Blackdom, New Mexico - October 15th at 5pm (Central); RSVP for Zoom link

Alumnus, scholar, advocate, and activist Dr. Timothy Nelson will give a 30 minute presentation on the forgotten history of Blackdom, New Mexico, sharing the untold stories of the Afro-Frontier®. Dr. Nelson merges Blackdom’s history with New Western History, Borderland Studies, Diasporic Studies and Blacks in the West, placing Afro-Frontierists® at the center of their histories, rather than as footnotes of other people’s histories. 

A 30 minute Q & A session will follow. 

Dive into Blackdom's rich history and Dr. Nelson's work by following the Blackdom Presentation Facebook Event. Connect with students and scholars passionate about Black history.