Regional history conference features Lewis faculty/students

Regional history conference features Lewis University faculty and students

Published: October 15, 2014.

(Left to right) Cameron Harsey (McKendree College) and
Lewis University's Dr. Eileen McMahon, Dr. Anne Rapp,
Mary Moran, Nick Czerwinski, Zeferino Martinez and
Dr. James Tallon.

Lewis University chapter of Phi Theta Alpha sponsored the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference for Illinois. The history honors society conference was in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association held September 26-27 at Governors State University in University Park, Ill.

At the conference, senior history majors Nick Czerwinski of New Lenox, Zeferino Martinez of Orland Park and Mary Moran of Crestwood presented papers on a panel “Exploring Local History: Examining the Emergence of Joliet, IL through Material Culture.” Dr. Eileen McMahon, professor of history, moderated the panel.

Dr. Anne Rapp, associate professor of history and coordinator of program development in the School for Professional and Continuing Education, moderated “Rights and their Definition: Conflict, Panic, and the Violence.”

Dr. James Tallon, associate professor of history, organized the program for the conference and presented a paper “Colonialism, Peripheral Incorporation, and Islamism in the Libyan Hinterland, 1900-1912.”

The Lewis University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, is one of the most active honor societies on campus. The student organization expands on their educational experience through field trips to historical conversation starters, special exhibits, various historical museums and architectural tours.

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