Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Faculty, Students Play Prominent Parts in Respected Social Sciences Conference March 13-15

KINGSVILLE - March 12, 2008

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Faculty and students from the history department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be presenting research and leading panels at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA) March 13-15 in Las Vegas.

More than 1,000 researchers from across the country are expected to attend this collection of panels, workshops and presentations covering the various areas of the social sciences.

Five students will be presenting at the meeting, in panels held on behalf of national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta. Katharine Kriegel, Jack Perales and Amy Perez will present papers on the panel, “Studies in Comparative Genocide.” Perales, Michelle Moses and John Henley will present their research on the panel, “South Texas.”

There are four history faculty members also participating in the annual meeting. Associate professor of history Dr. Michael S. Houf will present the paper, “Government Reform in Hong Kong During the Chinese Civil War.” Associate professor Dr. Shannon L. Baker and associate professor and history chair Dr. Brenda Melendy will participate in a roundtable discussion on issues faced when compiling documents-based course readers. In addition, Baker, Houf, Melendy and associate professor Dr. Roger H. Tuller will act as panel chairs and commentators.

“The SSSA meeting gives the faculty a chance to disseminate ideas in our research to a broad audience,” said Melendy. “The students attending will gain the unique experience of being part of a presentation to a professional organization, and they get to practice the craft of a historian.”

The students’ papers started as assignments in either the class Holocaust and Genocide in a Comparative Context, taught by Melendy, or Methods of Historical Research, taught by Tuller. The two faculty members encouraged students to submit their papers to meeting organizers for consideration. After the five were accepted, Melendy and Tuller secured funding through the College of Arts and Sciences to underwrite the students’ travel costs.


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