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History Students Present Research at Angelo State University

Student and faculty at conference

On Saturday, March 23, three history students and two faculty represented Texas Wesleyan at the North Central Texas Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting held at Angelo State University in San Angelo. The conference hosted nearly 30 undergraduate students from ten different universities, each presenting their research and responding to audience questions. The afternoon keynote address, "The War Against the Army," was delivered by Dr. Cecily Zander of Texas Women's University and Senior fellow at Southern Methodist University Center for Presidential History.

Students/Paper Titles

•    Mikaela Rivera, "How Does Gender Affect Autism?"
•    Clara Friedlander, "Midway to Mannerism: Parmigianino's Madonna and Child c.1527-1530"
•    Selina Humphrey, "The Power of Prose: Early Modern Rhetoric and Digital Analysis of Aphra Behn's Oroonoko"

Dr. Brenda Matthews and Dr. Alistair Maeer accompanied the students to the conference and toured the award-winning Fort Concho, the best preserved late-19th century frontier fort in the country. Students from the university regularly attend multiple history conferences each year, and next year we plan on attending the biennial Convention in Washington, D.C in January. 

Student presenting in a classroom

About Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has more than 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters. The Omega Zeta Chapter was chartered at Texas Wesleyan on April 23, 1979.

For more information about Phi Alpha Theta or the History program at Texas Wesleyan University, visit

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