Three History Grad Students Make Conference Presentations

Apr 26, 2009

Three graduate students in the WIU Department of History's M.A. program -- Beth Carlson, David Sprung, and Eric Willey -- presented research papers at the Fifth Annual Loyola University of Chicago History Graduate Conference, "Emerging Scholars, Evolving Scholarship: A Graduate History Symposium," held on the Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University on Saturday, April 25, 2009. All three students' conference papers were based on research papers they originally wrote for WIU Assistant Professor of History Dr. Jennifer McNabb's Fall 2008 graduate research seminar on witchcraft and the Malleus Maleficarum (the Hammer of Witches). All three graduate students won Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund Awards in the university-wide competition sponsored by the WIU School of Graduate Studies this Spring, to help defray their conference expenses.

Elizabeth Carlson of Rock Island will present "The Malleus Maleficarum and A Discourse on the Damned Art of Witchcraft: Resonance and Dissonance in Elite Demonologists' Views on Early Modern Witchcraft." Ms. Carlson will serve as one of the History Department's Graduate Assistants next year.

David Sprung of LaMoille will present "The Trial: Comparing and Contrasting the Salem Witch Trials and the Vintage Malleus Maleficarum Trial." Mr. Sprung will also serve as a Graduate Assistant in the History Department next year.

Eric Willey of Bardolph will present "Witches and Whores: Gender Conflict in Early Modern English Pamphlet Literature." Mr. Willey is currently a Graduate Assistant in the University Library's Illinois Regional Archives Depository.

The Commentator for the panel, entitled "If I had a Hammer:
Witches & Witchcraft in the Early Modern World,"
was Prof. Robert Bireley of Loyola University.

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