History Activities Summary Example

Phi Alpha Theta Michigan Regional Conference

I arrived at the conference at 8 a.m. in order to check in and to make sure I had plenty of time to prepare for my presentation at 9. After signing in I reviewed my material, talked with my co-presenters, and greeted our faculty advisor Jim Goode. Around 8:50 the conference began after the head of the Oakland History Department officially welcomed everyone. My co-presenters from GVSU went first in our panel which was Ford Administration Diplomacy in the Middle East. Our session went from 9-10:15 a.m.

After our session finished we reflected about our presentations and prepared to attend a second session panel. I went to the panel whose papers/presentations would be considered for wards against ours. This panel was titled Diplomatic Relations during the Cold War. One of the presenters had a very interesting presentation about US policy towards Arab Nationalism in the Middle East. She interpreted the Eisenhower Doctrine as a policy designed to combat Pan-Arabism which the US associated with communism. Another interesting presentation in the panel dealt with the United States relationship with Nicaragua during the Carter Administration. It went on to win the award for best paper/presentation from our panels.

Lunch was served after the second panel. The Caesar Salad was surprisingly good for catered food. The keynote speaker spoke during the lunch and talked about the circumstance of history. She used a story about a court case in the 14th century to prove her point that things that appear ridiculous about the past were not ridiculous at the time. Apparently a pig and her piglets killed a five year old in Burgundy, France. The pig was put on trial in order to execute it for its crimes. It was comical to consider.

The last panel in the afternoon was for graduate students. I listened to three wonderful presentations. The first dealt with Christian missionary efforts within the Ottoman Empire during the early 19th century. The students thesis was that missionary efforts sought to destroy the Ottoman Empire because of millennialism in the United States. He used many primary sources including publicized sermons, correspondences, and journals to prove the intentions of missionaries working in the Ottoman Empire. Missionaries failed to convert many people because their strategies were designed for American society. The next presenter talked about the Jordanian-US relationship during the 1960s and 70s. He attempted to analyze the relationship by evaluating it in terms of the US-Israeli and the Israeli-Jordanian relationship. He argued that Jordan was disregarded by the US despite its crucial role in US policy interests in the Middle East. The last graduate presenter offered his research about the Somali Diaspora in the United States. He described the many push factors and the difficulties faced by Somalis. He also talked about the US groups which assist Somalis in the United States.

After the graduate panel awards were presented and feedback returned to presenters.