Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, 2015

Our conference on Saturday, March 28 was a great success. Forty papers from students at fifteen universities in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida were presented in twelve sessions in Lawson and Tarpley Halls, with close to seventy participants overall. Thanks to Wayne Glowka, Dean of Arts and Humanities, who opened the day’s proceedings and to John Morrow of the University of Georgia, who gave the keynote address (on the 369th Infantry Regiment in World War I). Jeff Reed took a number of pictures:

Gnimbin Ouattara (Brenau) chairs a session on Georgia History with Wyatt Dean (Reinhardt), Timothy Walker (Mercer) and Nick Wooten (Mercer).

Alexa Heard (Clark Atlanta University), TyKeara Mims (Spelman), and Evan Lewis (Spelman), panelists for a session on Racial Violence in America (photo: JG).

Kate Yancey and Robin Glover of Georgia Southwestern at lunch.

John Nelzén (FSU) and Jonathan Good (Reinhardt) at lunch.

Anne Good, Barbara Stamey ’11 and Theresa Ast of Reinhardt.

Keynote Speaker John Morrow of UGA.

Tom Scott of Mercer addresses conference participants on behalf of the national Phi Alpha Theta organization.

James Andrew Storey (Georgia Southwestern) and Kenneth Wheeler (Reinhardt) at lunch. 

It is customary to award prizes to the best papers read at PAT conferences. Choosing them is always difficult, because there are so many good ones! Nonetheless, we felt the following students and their papers were especially worthy:

Courtney Lyles of Spelman College, for her paper “The New Black Soldier: How the Fight Against Racism Radicalized the African American Soldier during the Vietnam War”

Andrew Clanton of Mercer University, for his paper “Industrial Propaganda: How Roosevelt, Labor, and Big Business Shaped America’s Most Important Propaganda Genre of World War Two”

Amelia Evans of Georgia State, for her paper “Representations of Charles I: The Tyrant and the Martyr”

Leslie Maletich Grimes of Georgia State University, for her paper “The Brothers Grimm and Their Quest for a German Nation”

Nick Wooten of Mercer University, for his paper “Opposing the Orgy Pragmatically: The Macon Telegraph’s Coverage of Lynching, 1916-22”

Caroline Angle of Wake Forest University, for her paper on “French Photographs of Algerian Women 1839-88: Their Function as Immigration Propaganda”

Thanks to everyone who helped out, and to all conference participants!

We’re pleased to announce that Spelman College has agreed to host next year’s Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta conference.


Congratulations to history major Wyatt Dean, who was inducted into Alpha Chi this weekend. Alpha Chi is an honor society for students at small colleges like Reinhardt, based on their overall GPAs. Wyatt’s Alpha Chi pin is marked in the photo below.

Speaking of honor societies, Wyatt, along with Matt Amis and Alex Bryant, will be delivering a paper at the Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta conference, scheduled for March 28 at Reinhardt.

Phi Alpha Theta

It is with great pleasure that the Reinhardt history program announces that three worthy students have been inducted into the Reinhardt chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the honor society for students of history.

From left to right: Dr. J. Good, Daniel Carpenter, Zach McElveen, Kaitlyn Gibson. Photo: Lauren Thomas.

The ceremony took place yesterday in the Glass House. The new initiates received their certificates, honor cords, and roses, and learned the meaning of esoteric symbolism of the Phi Alpha Theta insigne (seen on the banner). Current members Alex Bryant and Brandi Allen and alumni members Barbara Stamey and Caitlan Sumner were also in attendance.

Patrick Zander, assistant professor of history at Georgia Gwinnett College (and formerly of Reinhardt) was our guest speaker.

Photo: Lauren Thomas. 

He delivered a very interesting talk entitled “TWA, African Development, and Breaking the Color Line in 1950s Kansas City (1946-1954).” This paper dealt with how Trans World Airlines was commissioned to set up a national airline in Ethiopia, and how a TWA executive (Zander’s own grandfather) forced Eddy’s Restaurant to serve visiting Ethiopian executives, in defiance of the conventional segregation of the time. Mr. Eddy himself was in a bit of a quandary: he did not want to risk alienating the biggest corporation in town (nor to court the wrath the Eisenhower administration), but he also did not want to risk a walkout by all his other white customers. His solution: he had the band play a drum roll and the MC announce the presence of “our honored guests, the Ethiopian cabinet!” It worked, and although not particularly momentous, the incident did represent a small victory for desegregation in 1950s Kansas City.

Congratulations again to our new inductees!

The next Phi Alpha Theta event will be the Georgia Regional Conference, scheduled for March 28 at RU.