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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2014

IPFW History Department Hosts Annual Undergraduate Conference

Key Info

  • 6th Annual Undergraduate History Conference
  • Saturday, April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Kettler Hall, Room G-46
  • Free and open to the public; media invited to attend and cover this event

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Twelve Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) students majoring in history, as well as education, English, German, and anthropology, will present their papers based on the research they conducted in their upper-level history classes at the Sixth Annual History Department Undergraduate Conference, Saturday, April 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The conference will take place in Kettler Hall, Room G-46. It is free and open to the public.

The conference will feature panels on four topics:

8:35 to 9:35 a.m. “Heresy, Inquisition, and the State”

  • Jessie Cortesi (history), “Authority and Orthodoxy: The Establishment of Catholic Temporal Power”
  • Joshua Fisher (history), “John Wyclif: Papal Reformer”
  • Rebecca Jacobs (history/anthropology), “Spain’s Complex Image: The Connections Between the Black Legend and the Spanish Inquisition”
  • Chair/Moderator: Suzanne LaVere, assistant professor of history

9:45 to 10:45 a.m. “State Institutions and Extermination Practices in Nazi Germany”

  • Heather Dewey (history), “Male Homosexuality during the Third Reich: Expanded Persecution through Pre-Existing Prejudices”
  • Evan Frauhiger (history), “The Einsatzgruppen and Himmler: The Psychological Driving Force of the Holocaust”
  • Tina Gasnarez (secondary education), “The German National Railway (Reichsbahn) Under the Nazi Regime: The Transformation from a Glorified Past to an Enduring Legacy of Horror”
  • Chair/Moderator: Ann Livschiz, associate professor of history

10:55 to 11:35 a.m. “State-Building and War”

  • Patrick Casey (history/German), “Die Opfernation: Victimhood and Austrian National Identity”
  • Christopher A. Reilly (secondary education), “Failure in Somalia: Conditions, Decisions, and Apathy That Led to a Failed State”
  • Chair/Moderator: Jeffrey Malanson, assistant professor of history

11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. “America as a Work in Progress”

  • Sara Jackson (history), “’The City of Magnificent Intentions’: The Compromise of 1790 and the Meaning of Liberty as Reflected in the Founding of the Nation’s Capital”
  • Madison Prall (English/history), "Discovering the Relationship between Sex and Progressivism in the Quest for Women’s Sexual and Emotional Agency"
  • Alexander Allison (history), “The NAACP and the Dyer Bill: A Campaign to End Lynchings”
  • Lisa Bebout (history/English), “The Mythology of Ronald Reagan”
  • Chair/Moderator: David Schuster, associate professor of history

“The conference provides an opportunity for our best students to share their research with an audience of their classmates, faculty from the history and other departments, their parents, and interested members of the Fort Wayne community,” said Ann Livschiz, associate professor of history. “It’s an opportunity for students, some of whom are planning to go to graduate school, to get experience with conference dynamics. And for all students, it is an important opportunity to develop public speaking and oral communication skills and the confidence that comes with these skills.”

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ann Livschiz, associate professor of history, at 260-481-6693 or