Young Historians Conference Winners

Young Historians Conference

Congratulations to our 2021 YHC winners

First Place: Cole Powers (Lakeridge High School)

Fighting for Freedom: Jazz and the Cold War

Second Place: Charlotte Cody (St. Mary's Academy)

The Irish Language and Nationalism in the 20th Century

Third Place: Ruby Lewis (St. Mary's Academy)

“To Hell or Connaught:” How British Colonizers Both Caused and Benefitted from the Irish Potato Famine


The 2021 Young Historians Conference was held virtually on May 19th, 2021. Recording of the sessions can be accessed via the links below.
2021 Young Historians Program with Abstracts (PDF)

1:00-1:20 WELCOME

Dr. Jennifer Kerns, Department of History
PDXScholar RECAP: Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives, PSU Library

1:20-2:35                           

COLONIAL SETTLER POLICIES AND PRACTICES AND THEIR IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES
MODERATOR: PROFESSOR KATRINE BARBER

  • Ruby Lewis (St Mary's). “To Hell or Connaught:” How British Colonizers Both Caused and Benefitted from the Irish Potato Famine
  • Sara Shallenberger (Lakeridge). The Rogue River War 1855–1856
  • Madeleine Stewart (Lakeridge).  The Alaska Native Claim Settlement Act: The Impact on Alaskan Natives
MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES: PERCEPTIONS AND RESISTANCE
MODERATOR: PROFESSOR JENNIFER SELWYN 
  • Brianna Anderson (Lakeridge).  The Gay Rights Movement: A Reaction to the Lavender Scare​​​
  • Charlotte Cody (St Mary's). The Irish Language and Nationalism in the 20th Century
  • Minami Powers (Grant).  Nonbinary Significance: Roles and Perceptions Throughout History
US GEOPOLITICAL POLICY IN THE MODERN ERA
MODERATOR: PROFESSOR DAVID A. HOROWITZ
  • Roselyn Dai (Lakeridge).  The Fight for Star Wars: The Reagan Doctrine and the Ending of the Cold War
  • Cole Powers (Lakeridge).  Fighting for Freedom: Jazz and the Cold War                    
  • Fevronia Van Sickle (St Mary's).  The Reforms of Mikhail Gorbachev and Their Effect on the USSR

2:35-2:45 BREAK


2:45-4:00 SECOND SESSIONS: CHOOSE FROM THREE

MYSTICS, INDULGENCES, WITCHES AND POWER DYNAMICS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
MODERATOR: PROFESSOR JOHN OTT
  • Kasaundra Bonanno (St. Mary's).  The Struggle of the Soul: Medieval Women Mystics and the Constraints of the Orthodoxy
  • ​​​​​Charlotte Levine (St. Mary's).  Pope Leo X and the St. Peter’s Indulgence: The Accidental Path to Reformation and Church Fragmentation
  • Devika Narendra (St. Mary's).  Hunting Power through Witch Hunts in Early Modern Scotland
LA LONGUE DURÉE OF THE HISTORY OF GLOBAL COMMODITIES AND PRACTICES
MODERATOR: PROFESSOR THOMAS LUCKETT 
  • Toby Boudreau (Grant).  A Brief History of Footwear           
  • Ben Iboshi (Grant).  The History of Bathing: A Cross-Cultural Tradition
  • Celeste Johnson (Grant).  Silver Mining and Commerce: Initiation of the Global Economy
US RACIALIZED POLICIES AND THEIR EFFECTS
MODERATOR: PROFESSOR PATRICIA SCHECHTER
  • Mete Bakircioglu (Lakeridge).  Friend or Foe?: The American Response to the Armenian Genocide, 1890–1920
  • Melanie Du (Lakeridge).  The Anti-Chinese Movement and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
  • Belise Nishimwe (St. Mary's).  Slavery’s Effect on the African American DNA: The Gullah-Geechee People’s Predisposition to Hypertension and Heart Disease
  • Arianna Sinlapasai-Okamura (Lakeridge).  Internment: The Legal Challenges and Effects of Displacement on Japanese Americans                                                

4:00 – 4:15  AWARDS CEREMONY

Joy Beckett, Challenge Program Director
Professor Jennifer Kerns, Department of History


ABOUT THE YOUNG HISTORIANS CONFERENCE:

The Young Historians Conference brings together PSU’s History Department and area high schools that participate in PSU’s concurrent enrollment history classes, including courses in American History, Western Civilization, and World History.  Every year, a major assignment in these classes is a history research paper. Concurrent enrollment instructors select the best of these for the student authors to submit to the History Department for presentation consideration. A lead faculty member in the Department works with a Jury of History graduate students to assess the submissions and choose up to 30 papers for presentation.

The conference is organized into concurrent sessions of an hour and 15 minutes each, by themes determined by the Jury and lead faculty member. Each session has at least three presenters who have approximately 10 minutes to present their paper. The audience is made up of their classmates and a faculty member from the History Department moderates. At the end of the presentations, the Faculty Moderator leads a discussion.

Awards are given for the best papers and an honorary mention. Students are encouraged to submit their work toPSU’s online repository of scholarly works PDXScholar. Please view the instructions of how to submit papers here.  To view information about PDXScholar's Challenge readership information and number of downloads, click here.