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Fall 2016 News

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Tent City
The history club and honor society of Phi Alpha Theta benefitted from a successful turn-out of Murray State University's Homecoming event "Tent City."
Dr. Bolin, also, advertised his latest book Home and Away at Tent City.

Phi Alpha Theta and History Dept at Tent City           Dr. Bolin selling his latest book at Tent City

History of Elections Panel 
The History Department and Phi Alpha Theta are sponsoring a panel to discuss the nature of this year's Presidential Election. Topics to address include the historical context of elections, the unique aspects of this year's candidates, and more. Students and faculty, both, have been asked to supply relevant questions to guide the nature and depth of the panel topics, which should prove to be an informative and engaging discussion on elections in American, in general. The panel will be Tuesday, October 25 at 4:30 pm in Faculty Hall, Room 208. 
Phi Alpha Theta History of Elections Panel

Book Signing At Kentucky Book Fair 
One of Murray State University History Department's own, Professor Duane Bolin, will sign three of his books at the Kentucky Book Fair, held on November 5, 2016 at the Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. 
Bolin's most recent publication, Home and Away: A Professor's Journal (Malden, Missouri: Acclaim Press, 2016), is featured in this year's Book Fair: 
"Since 2005, readers of the Murray Ledger & Times have been privileged to enjoy the reflective insights of Professor Duane Bolin, a teacher and historian at Murray State University. These delightful essays recount themes well-known to us all, memories of friends and family, thoughts of home and small-town living, travel adventures both near and far, and school life as both a student and a teacher." 
Bolin's other books include: Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940 (Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2000); and Kentucky Baptists, 1925-2000: A Story of Cooperation (Brentwood and Nashville: Southern Baptist Historical Society and Fields Publishing, 2000).

 Spring 2016 News

May 1, 2016
Ted Belue spoke at the Murray- Calloway County Library
Ted Belue at the Library
Professor Ted Belue addressed a full house at Calloway County Public Library. His talk, "Black Indians and Black Mountain Men on the Frontier: Restoring a Vanishing Legacy" as the final talk hosted by the Murray- Calloway County Public Library in partnership with the Department of History.

April 30, 2016
History Students at the Symposium for Undergraduate History Research at Mississippi State University
Students at SHUR
Two history majors, Lydia Biggs and Alyssa Leet, and one philosophy major, Gerett Treas, presented papers at the Symposium for Undergraduate History Research at Mississippi Stare University in Starkville, Mississippi.

April 28, 2016
Dr. Charlotte Beahan receives Education Abroad Service Award
Dr. Beahan recieves Education Abroad Service Award
Dr. Charlotte Beahan received the Education Abroad Service Award. She and Dr. Schell also became inaugural members of Education Abroad's Walk of Fame, a new honor for retiring faculty members who have taught abroad.

April 21, 2016
Faculty Appreciation Banquet
Dr. Bolin recieves twenty year service award
Dr. Pizzo recieved mentor of the year award
At the Faculty Appreciattion Banquet several members of the History Department were honored.  Dr. Bill Schell was honored with 25 years of Service and a 2016 retiree.  Dr. David Pizzo was honored as the Mentor of the Year.  Dr. Duane Bolin was honored as the recipient of the Faculty Research Fellowship and for 20 years of service.  Many thanks and congratulations to these individuals for their hardwork and dedication to their students and their craft.

April 20, 2016
History Students Present at Scholars Week
German Scholars Week Panel
Potpurri History Panel
Tudor and Stuart England Poster
Eleven History students presented their individual research they have worked hard on as part of scholars week. These students cross all grade levels. Many thanks go out to their advisers and mentors that have helped along the way.

April 12, 2016
Daniel Marten Moore
Daniel Marten Moore
Daniel Martin Moore, the Sun Pop recording artist and Kentucky singer/songwriter held a concert at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, 12 April 2016, in the Reading Room of Pogue Library on the campus of Murray State University. After serving in the Peace Corps, Moore's debut albums, Stray Age (2008) and Dear Companion (2010, with cellist Ben Sollee, and produced with Jim James of My Morning Jacket). In 2011, In the Cool of the Day appeared, a deeply spiritual album. His latest offering, The Golden Age, is also co-produced with James. Come hear Moore's crystal clear voice in the most beautiful room on campus!  Photo Credit to Sun Pop Records.

April 11, 2016
Home and Away Press Release

Dr. Bolin
A Book Reading/Book Signing for James Duane Bolin's (Professor, Department of History) new book, Home and Away: A Professor's Journal published with Acclaim Press, took place at 6:00 pm, Monday, 11 April 2016, in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center. CFSB is sponsored the event. Bolin's book consists of 120 essays, which began as newspaper columns published in newspapers across Kentucky, including the Murray Ledger & Times, the Providence Journal-Enterprise, the Sebree Banner, the Danville Advocate-Messenger, and the Kentucky-Gazette. The Sun Pop recording artist and singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore will sing at the event. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Photo Credit to Robyn Pizzo.

April 8, 2016
Dr. Bolin on WKMS Sounds good.Dr. Bolin on WKMS Sounds Good
Dr. Bolin appeared on WKMS "Sounds Good" to promote hist newest book Home and Away: A Professor's Journal and the Concert for Daniel Martin Moore. Dr. Bolin will be holding a book signing on April 11, 2016 in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.  Daniel Martin Moore will have a concert there as well at the Library the following day.

April 4, 2016
Race in Amercia Nearly Half a Century after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Panel for Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Bolin and Dr. Clardy from the Murray State University's Department of History participated in a panel on Monday Morning, April 4th titled "Race in America Nearly Half A Century After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." at WCKTC Campus. Panelist also included:  David Nickell, Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, WKCTC;  Gerald Watkins, MBA, State Representative, Former City Commissioner, Professor of Political Science, WKCTC.  Berry Craig III, Author and Retired Professor of History at WKCTC facilitated the discussion.  A second panel will be taking place on Thursday evining at the Washington Street Baptist Church in Paducah, KY at 6:00 PM.

April 3, 2016
Phi Alpha Theta at Regional Conference
Phi Alpha Theta at Regional
Huge congratulations to our Chapter President Jonathan Dunning, who's paper took 3rd place overall yesterday at the Phi Alpha Theta Kentucky Regional Conference at Thomas More College. Special thanks as well to Tracey Newport and Ty Bohls, who each did a fantastic job of presenting at the conference as well. Thanks again for all your hard work, and letting me tag along.

March 9, 2016
Michael Farr CNBC Conributor Spoke at Curris Center Stables
Michael Farr at the Curris Center
The Arthur J.  Baurenfield College of Business and the Department of History hosted a very important figure in our contemporary understanding of business, economics, and finance. Noted author and CNBC Contributor, Michael Farr spoke in the Curris Center Stables on the subject "Focusing on the Positives: Market and Economic Outlook for 2016" to a large audience of students, faculty, and the community.  President Robert Davies introduced Mr. Farr, who spoke from a thoughtful and well coordinated list of  powerpoints that spelled out an optimistic view of the American economy. But more importantly, Mr. Farr showed students how they have a vested interest in the global markets.  Mr. Farr donated several copies of his books to the Waterfield Library. His talk and his presence on campus was very well received.

March 6, 2016
Dr. James Humphreys talk at Calloway County Library
Humphreys on Lincoln
Dr. James Humphreys spoke at the Calloway County Library in part of the collaboration between Murray State University Department of History  and the Calloway County Library.  His talk was titled "Abraham Lincoln, Race and Emancipator." 

March 5, 2016
Sixth Annual Beasley Scholarship Banquet
Beasley Banquet
The Department of History held the Sixth Annual Beasley Scholarship Banquet on March 5, 2016.  Guest Speaker Christine Kinealy's topic wsa titled, "An Errand of Mercy."   She spoke of the aid sent to the Irish during the great hunger and the role of international relief.  Retired Professor of History from Murray State Dr. Kenneth Wolfe spoke as well about remebering Dr. Beasley.

March 3, 2016
Ted Franklin Belue on WKMS

Belue on WKMS
Professor Ted Franklin Belue spoke on WKMS "Sounds Good"  to discuss the plane crash that took the life of Country music legend Patsy Cline on March 5,  1963.  You can find the conversation here.

February 29, 2016
Tracey Newport and Dr. David Pizzo at WKMS
Tracey Newport with Dr. David Pizzo at WKMS
Tracey Newport and Dr. David Pizzo appeared on WKMS 91.3 "Sounds Good" radio segment with Tracey Ross.  They discussed Tracey Newport's Posters at the Captiol project, "The Evil that Men do: Comparative Genocide in the Twentieth Century."  The segment can be found on the WKMS website here.

February 25, 2016
Duane Bolin at the Murray Magazine Club's Founder's Luncheon
Murray Magazine Club Officers 
Dr. Duane Bolin spoke at the Founder's Day Luncheon of the Murray Magazine Club, Thursday, February 25, 2016. Over thirty members of the literary club were in attendance. The club was founded in 1910. Here Bolin is with the Murray Magazine Club's 2016 officers.

Posters at the Capitol 2016
History majors at Posters at the Capitol
History Majors (L to R): Lydia Biggs, Erynn Pritchett, and Tracey Newport with Dr. David Pizzo in the Back.  Presentes their research at Posters at the Capitol 2016 this year in Frankfurt, Kentucky.  The event is to highlight research performed by undergraduate students throughout the year and display it for the Kentucky State Legislators to see the oucome of the research they havd funded throughout the semester.

February 23, 2016
A.B. "Ben" Chandler pays a visit to Dr. Bolins Sports and Society in Modern America class

Ben Chandler
A. B. "Ben" Chandler III was invited to speak in Dr. Duane Bolin's HIS 130-01 Sports and Society in Modern America class at 8:00-9:15 in Faculty Hall 506. He spoke to the class yesterday. Ben is the executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council. He is also a former Kentucky Attorney General and United States Congressman.
Dr. Bolin invited him to speak to his class because Mr. Chandler is the grandson of A. B. "Happy" Chandler, the Kentucky Governor (elected in 1935 and again in 1955), United States Senator, and the Commissioner of Baseball from 1945 to 1951. It was Commissioner Happy Chandler who brought Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball as the first African American player in 1947. Commissioner Chandler worked closely with Robinson and Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ben Chandler knows the story extremely well and tells it extremely well.
HIS 130 with Ben Chandler

January 25, 2016
Professor Ted Franklin Belue with the Sons of Confederate Veterans

Belue at Sons of Confederate Veterans
Ted Franklin Belue of the Murray  State Department of History spoke at the January 25, 2016 meeting of the Sons of Confederate Vetereans. 

January 9, 2016
Murray State Masters Graduate Publishes Book
Dr. Mulligan With Shannon McFarlin 

The History Department of Murray State University would like to congratulate Shannon McFarlin on her publication of her book, As If They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson - America's Only Barrage Balloon Training Facility.  She is shown at the recent meeting of the Jackson Purchase historical Society in Paris, Tennessee with the President Dr. William Mulligan.

January 7, 2016
Murray State Professor Ted Belue Speaks on WKMS about the true story behind "The Revenant"

Belue speaking at WKMS
Ted Belue, History Professor at Murray State spoke on WKMS Radio about the true story behind the hit movie "The Revenant" starring Leonardo Decaprio.  The link to this inter view can be found here.
Photo Credit: Matt Markgraf, WKMS

January 6-10, 2016
Phi Alpha Theta Members present research at National Conference 

Phi Alpha Theta Students at Nationals
The Murray State Phi Alpha Theta chapter sent five students to present papers as the Biennial Phi Alpha Theta National conference in Orlanda, Florida.  The Presenters from left to right: John Williams, Eryn Prithcett, Jonathan Dunning, Samuel Brown, and Tracey Newport.

Fall 2015 News

November 11, 2015
History Student and Phi Alpha Theta member Nick Barron  with a Needline volunteer

Nick Barron with Needline DonationMurray State's Department of History donated over 300 cans to the local Needline. Cans were donated towards Needline in lieu of a ticket price for the Roots 6 concert held at the Lovett Auditorium on November 17, 2015.  The Department of History would like to Thank every one involved and those who donated their time to make Roots 6 a possibility. 

November 6, 2015
Murray State Students present at the NIU Graduate Conference In History 
NIU Graduate Conference
Three Murray State student members and alumni present at the Northern Illinois University Graduate Students Conference in Dekalb, IL. They presented a panel: "Genocide in the Modern World."  From Left to Right:  Tracey Newport, Samuel Baum, and Benjamin Linzy.