Highlights from the 2015 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium

On Saturday six people from our department represented Bethel at the second annual Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium. Hosted this year by Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato after our neighbors at Northwestern kicked off the event in 2014, the symposium featured undergraduates from Bethel, Bethany Lutheran, Northwestern, and Martin Luther College presenting research findings on a wide variety of historical topics.

The first Bethel presenter was Jacob Manning ’15, who shared his Senior Seminar project on the disparate influences on Adoniram Judson, a pioneering American missionary in Burma in the early 19th century. Some highlights from Jacob’s presentation via Prof. Gehrz, who was live-tweeting the event:

Then Kelly Van Wyk ’15 spoke in the post-lunch session about her research (also from Senior Seminar) into American women of the 1940s as seen through the lens of superhero comic books.

Then Prof. Gehrz opened the closing faculty panel with his comments on “Western Civilization and the Christian Liberal Arts.” (Look for them later this week at his personal blog.) In addition to him and the two presenters, students Cody Bishop ’15, Maurice Do Carmo ’16, and Elizabeth Hynes ’16 attended the symposium.

Thanks again to Ryan MacPherson and our friends at Bethany for hosting. The 2016 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium will be next spring on Bethel’s campus.


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