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.