Grad Student Austin Schwartz Makes Conference Presentation

Feb 24, 2009

Austin Schwartz, a graduate student in the WIU History Department's M.A. program, presented a research paper at the Third Regional International Security and Internal Safety Conference, held at the University of Southern Mississippi, on 21 February 2009. The Conference was hosted by the USM's History Department and its Center for War and Society.

Mr. Schwartz, the Department's Dykstra Scholar as well as a Graduate Assistant in the History Department's Academic Achievement Center, presented his research on "ROTC after World War I: Shaping Society Through Military Education," as part of a panel of papers on "Militarization and Characterization of Armed Forces, Past and Present." The panel's chair and commentator was Dr. Michael Neiberg of the University of Southern Mississippi. This presentation was supported in part by an award from the Department of History's Professor Emeritus Fund.

This research is a portion of Mr. Schwartz's Master's thesis, which is being directed by Dr. Walter Kretchik, an Associate Professor in WIU's History Department.

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