Five History Majors to Present Papers at Mississippi State University Symposium

Five history majors from the University of St. Thomas will present conference papers at the Symposium for History Undergraduate Research May 18-19 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

The theme of the symposium is “Learning From the Past, Preparing for a Future.” Students from across the country competed for the opportunity to present their research in a format similar to that of an academic history conference.

UST students will be presenting papers in two conference sessions:

The Constitution and the Presidency in the Civil War Era (and Beyond):

  • David Yates – “Nullification Reconsidered”
  • Margaret E. Whitacre – “Unavoidable and Acceptable Tyranny: The Presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt”

The Economic(al) Constitution:

  • Matt Keliher – “Prohibition Era Constitutional History”
  • Renate Hohman – “The Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”
  • Landon Rick – “Growing a Beard: Developing Charles Beard’s Narrowed Economic Constitutional Interpretation”

Dr. Tom Mega of the History Department is their faculty mentor.