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2014 Graduate Student News

Donna Hamil, Ph.D.student, published an essay, "Ogodei Khan," in the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography in 2014. Donna will also present a paper, "Medieval Islamic Civilizations Under Attack: Fear, Terror, and Cultural Difference During the Period of the Mongol Invasions, " at the University of Alabama Graduate History Association Conference on Power and Struggle, October 2014.

Ovell Hamilton, Ph.D.student, presented a paper at the Church of God in Christ National Founder's Day Conference entitled "Bishop Charles Harrison Mason and his Political/Moral Philosophy". The conference took place in Memphis, Tennessee on September 8-10, 2014.

Nicolas Hoffman, Ph.D. student, presented a paper during the New Voice Conference at Georgia State University entitled "Midnights in Mascara: Rocky Horror and Niche Culture". The conference was held at Georgia State University In January 2014. Nicolas also presented "Bandages Over Bullets: The Civil War's Medical Side" at the Georgia Association of Historians Annual Meeting and Conference. The conference was held at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA in March 2014.

Kenja McCray, Ph.D. candidate (ABD), was an invited discussant on the panel titled, "History Careers at America's 1,200 Community Colleges," at the April 2014 Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Atlanta. Kenja presented, "What the Women Thought": Exploring Shifting Meanings of Female, Black Power-Era Cultural Nationalist Activism, " at the 38th Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference in Miami, Florida in March 2014. Kenja is also co-authoring an article on Black Power with N. Josiah Pamoja (D.A. Clark Atlanta), for submission to The Encyclopedia of Black Leadership.

Brandi Simpson Miller, M.A. student, is pending publication of a book review of Jessica B. Harris' "High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from African to America," in the Fall 2014 issue of Visions and Revisions. Brandi also presented a paper, "Post-Independence Development of National Cuisines: A Comparative Study of Belize and Ghana," at the 2014 Florida Conference of Historians at Jacksonville University. She delivered the same paper at the spring 2014 History Graduate Student Association Conference at Louisiana State University. Brandy was also awarded both the Summer 2014 West African Research Association Travel Grant, and the Summer 2014 Association of Historians at Georgia State University Travel Grant.

Nafeesa Muhammad, Ph.D. student, presented "Pioneers involved in the Nation of Islam's Economic Program" for the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network Biennial Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, February 2014.

Cheryl Nye, Ph.D. student,presented a paper entitled "Day-to-Day Dedication: Urban Social Movements of Faith" at the Second Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium held at Georgia State University in April, 2014. In July, 2014 Cheryl presented her paper "Chintz, Calico, Chambric, Palampores and Pintado: Weaving Transformation and Revolution through the Consumption of Comfort in Early Modern England" at the Annual World History Association Conference held in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Zac Peterson, Ph.D. student,(ABD), presented a paper entitled "'Appeal for Action Against Apartheid': The American Committee on Africa as liaison between the Civil Rights and African Liberation Movements," at the Southeast World History Association meeting in Boca Raton, FL in October of 2014. He also presented a paper entitled, "'The Better Angels of Our Nature': The Pamphlet Debate on President Lincoln's Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, in Context," at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press and the Civil War in Chattanooga, TN, November 2014.

Dylan Ruediger, Ph.D. student, received a fellowship from the Mellon foundation to attend a month-long seminar on early modern paleography at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He was also named one of two visiting scholars at the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), where he spent a month pursuing research on his dissertation. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Dylan will be funded as one of GSU's first class of Student Innovation Fellows, working on a variety of digital humanities and digital pedagogy projects in a number of disciplines.

Brian Terry, M.A. student, presented a paper entitled, "Mart Luther King, Jr., the Vietnam War, and Capitalism" at the AHGSU Graduate Student Conference in April, 2014.

Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Ph.D. student, will deliver a paper at the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History as part of a panel titled "Framing Suffrage, Status and Citizenship: Disability Politics in the Long Twentieth Century." The meeting will be in November 2014.

Roger Wiblin, Ph.D. student, will present a paper entitled "Do I Like Them Too Much...Or Too Little? Using Oral History in Writing Ballroom Dance History" at the national conference on the Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance, in November at the University of Iowa. He also presented "Contextualizing Latter-day Saint Conversion in Kwa Mashu, South Africa," at the 2014 AHGSU conference at Georgia State University.

John E. Williams, Ph.D. student (ABD), presented on the "Race, Place, and Power in Post-WWII Atlanta" panel discussion at the national meeting of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) in April 2014. He presented "Moving on Up: Black Mobility via Transportation Planning in Atlanta, 1960-1975" at the Second Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium in April 2014. He is also the 2014 recipient of the Dan Sweat Fellowship in Educational, Community and Urban Policy.