American Politics & Foreign Policy Conference

Southern Virginia University will host “American Politics & Foreign Policy,” an academic conference in honor of Professor Francis MacDonnell. Professor MacDonnell has taught at Southern Virginia for twenty-one years, establishing a legacy of excellent teaching and mentorship. This conference will feature presentations from his current and former students as well as remarks from Professor MacDonnell.

Admission is free of charge and open to the public. All sessions will take place in the Ballroom in Main Hall.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Session 1

6:30 p.m.

Tyson Cooper, “The Cuban Missile Crisis and Soviet Submarines”

Robert Spencer, “The State Department and Marshall’s Intelligence Blunder”

Sean Kennedy, “Fathering the Taliban: Pakistan’s Uncomfortable Parenthood”

Friday, March 30, 2018

Session 2

10:00 a.m.

Lyndsey Thackston, “‘Morals Are the Work of Women’: De Tocqueville and the American Club Movement”

Randi Jones Cline, “Girls’ Unruly Acts and Southern Virtues: Student Resistance and Accommodation at Southern Seminary, a Preparatory School, 1918–1930”

Session 3

1:30 p.m.

LauriAnn Vaterlaus Deaver, “Shenandoah Burning: Attacking 19th Century Environmental Sentiments During Sheridan’s 1864 Valley Campaign”

Stephanie Tuttle, “Abraham Lincoln: A Children’s Myth”

Karlie Reese Condiff, “Two Union Nurses and Their Effort to Break Through Red Tape”

Session 4

2:30 p.m.

Tyler Condiff, “The Unjust Trial of Walter C. Short”

Pamela Gilmer, “Beyond Pigment and Pillar: A Bureaucratic Study of the Monuments Men”

Megan Ondricek, “Waving the Big Stick: General James A. Van Fleet and American Policy in Greece, 1947–1949”

Session 5

3:30 p.m.

Tennyson Benedict, “Eisenhower’s Bad Bet: Why a Covert CIA Operation Started and Failed in Indonesia”

Eric Griffin, “The Condor and the Eagle: Cold War Cooperation in the Americas”

Session 6

4:30 p.m.

J.J. Feinauer, “‘Brainwashing to Violence’: The Manchurian Candidate and Pop Culture Paranoia”

Matthew Taylor, “The Role of Empathy in American Policy: Nuclear Proliferation and the Cuban Missile Crisis”

Susan Gilmer, “Unintended Consequences: The 26th Amendment”

Session 7

6:30 p.m.

Alyson Sharp, “Deconstructing a Legend: The ‘Conservation President’”

Evan Haglund, “Obama for America = Bain Capital: How Presidential Campaigns Are the Private Equity Firms of Politics”

Francis MacDonnell, “J. Edgar Hoover, Hollywood, and the Red Scare: Research Adventures in FBI Files”