Hastings College history students present research at Texas conference

Five Hastings College history students presented research papers at the 8th Annual Texas A&M History Conference in College Station, Texas. The conference, which was held from March 31 through April 1, featured both graduate and undergraduate work from a wide variety of institutions, including The United States Naval Academy, Rutgers University, Washington University and Vanderbilt University.  

“This was an exciting and enlightening experience for all of us in the history department,” said senior history major Laurel Teal. “It’s great to see what students in other parts of the county are working on and to get a truly outside opinion of our own work.”

Papers presented included:

  • “The Cranberry Crisis: The Federal Government’s Response to the First Food Crisis” by Dianna Rulon of Arcadia, Indiana
  • “Daylight Comes to the Holler: The Creation of the Appalachian Regional Commission” by Nick Musgrave of Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • “Eminent Domain and Native Americans: a History” by Audra Zavodny of Hastings, Nebraska.
  • “However you Feel About It, What Happened in Cleveland was Important: An oral history of the 2016 Republican Convention” by Laurel Teal of Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • “To Strengthen the Kingdom of God: Architecture, Morality, and the Quest for Cultural Authority” by Brian Whetstone of Omaha, Nebraska.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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