27th Annual Burkhardt Lecture

The Ball State History Department is honored to announce the 27th Annual Burkhardt Lecture, which serves as the keynote address during our Student History Conference. It will be held in the Student Center Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. on February 24th.

New this year! For those who cannot attend in person, for the first time you can watch the Burkhardt Lecture on our live video feed!

You can access the live video feed by clicking here.

This year, Dr. Whitney Walton of Purdue University will present “Women, War, and the History of Emotions in France during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era”. Professor Walton specializes in the cultural, social, and gender history of modern Europe and modern France; in French-American relations in the twentieth century; and in internationalism.

Her most recent book, Internationalism, National Identities, and Study Abroad: France and the United States, 1890-1970 analyzes how students abroad experienced challenges to national stereotypes, re-evaluated their own national identities, and learned toleration and appreciation for cultural difference.

Dr. Walton is also the author of Eve’s Proud Descendants: Four Women Writers and Republican Politics in Nineteenth-Century France, a biographical study and historical analysis of four female literary figures, including George Sand, who rescripted republicanism to include a public role for women by offering an egalitarian alternative to the patriarchal family and the gendered separation of spheres.

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Immersive Learning and History: How an Academic Department Makes a Difference in the Community

Ron Morris will present Immersive Learning and History: How an Academic Department Makes a Difference in the Community at Ball State

This Wednesday, February 22nd at 3:00 p.m., Professor Ron Morris will present “Immersive Learning and History: How an Academic Department Makes a Difference in the Community”. Professor Morris will show how students affiliated with the History Department help communities with educational projects, interpretive experiences, and heritage tourism. A variety of projects from multiple locations primarily from Indiana will be examined for the clues of best practice, student autonomy, and developing student leadership.


The lecture will be presented in Burkhardt 100.


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Student History Conference: Details

Women, War, and the History of Emotions in France in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era

The Department of History is pleased to announce our 20th annual Student History Conference on Friday, February 24th, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Conference events take place at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center and are FREE and open to the public.

This conference showcases some of the best scholarship produced by our undergraduate history majors and history grad students. The event closes with awards for the best paper in each category. Each year this is a terrific opportunity for students and faculty mix, mingle, and share big ideas.

Our Keynote Address at 11:00 a.m. is the 27th Annual Burkhardt Lecture. This years topic, “Women, War, and the History of Emotions in France during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era” is presented by Whitney Walton, Professor of History at Purdue University.

At noon Professor Ingram will be hosting an Information Session on the Masters of Arts in History which can prepare you to enter a PhD program or for a career in teaching. Learn more by clicking here. If you pre-register for the information session, you will save $30 off your application to Ball State’s Graduate School!

You can download the full conference agenda (tentative) by clicking below:
Twentieth Annual Student History Conference Program 2017

8:30   Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:05   First Panel Sessions

  • The New Right and the New Left during the “Long Sixties”
  • Gender and Sexuality in the 20th-Century United States
  • Diaries of Everyday Life in Britain during the Two World Wars

11:00 27th Annual Dorothy L. and Richard W. Burkhardt Lecture

“Women, War, and the History of Emotions in France during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era”
presented by Whitney Walton, Professor of History, Purdue University

12:00 History Master of Arts Information Session

1:30   Second Panel Sessions

  • Perspectives on Deep History, Intellectual History, and Women’s History
  • New Social Histories of the 19th-Century United States
  • The Future of the Past: The State of Local History at Indiana’s Bicentennial

3:05   Third Panel Sessions

  • Cold War Era Crises Viewed from the Bottom Up and the Top Down
  • “Great White Men” Reconsidered in Legend, Farce, and Fact
  • Social Norms in Late Medieval England and the 20th-Century United States
  • Innovative Digital Histories of Indiana’s Natural and Cultural Resources

4:40   Reception and Awards Ceremony

The Conference is organized by the Department of History. Funding is provided by the Department of History, the Honors College, the Center for Middletown Studies, the Office of the Associate Provost for Research, and the Office of the Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities.

We hope to see you there!

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Save the Date! Student History Conference

This February 24th is our 20th Annual Student History Conference and Burkhardt Lecture presented by the History Department at Ball State University.

Details will follow soon – but you can anticipate a full day of sharing ideas, mingling with faculty, a special information session on our Master of Arts in History program, and recognition for the best scholarship of the day.

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Dr. Abel Alves presents at London, England conference

On September 9, Abel Alves presented “Images of Animals in the Early Modern Spanish Empire” at University College London.  The presentation was part of a daylong symposium on the visual representation of nonhuman animals in literature, art, film and other forms of documentation entitled “Animals in Visual Hispanism” organized by Jo Evans of the University … Read more

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Timeless Love Found in Burkhardt

The Burkhardt Building has a long rich history at Ball State University.  Built in 1924, it was one of the first buildings at the Ball Teachers College.  Ball State’s footprint in Muncie began with the Ball brothers purchasing Eastern Indiana Normal School (the current Administration building) and the area between University, McKinley, Riverside and Tillotson … Read more

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“The Underground Railroad in Indiana” – Jeannie Regan-Dinius

Ball State Alumnus Jeannie Regan-Dinius had a full house for her presentation “The Underground Railroad in Indiana” at Carnegie Library. As the Director of Special Initiatives for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology, one of her projects has been to research the roll Indiana had in the Underground Railroad. … Read more

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History and Geography Working Together

Every year Bracken Library helps sponsor GIS Day to give students the opportunity to display their work and learn more about Geographic Information Systems.  This year’s speaker, Colin Rose from the University of Toronto, has background knowledge in both GIS and Renaissance Florence.  In his presentation, “Geo-Spatial and Sensory Digital Map of Renaissance Florence,” he … Read more

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The History of Comic Books

Dr. Abel Alves invited Christina Blanch, owner of Aw Yeah Comics in downtown Muncie to speak to his Hist 445 class about the evolution of comic books.  Ms. Blanch created the MOOC “Gender through Comic Books” in 2013 and has co authored the scholarly article “Do Serenity Comics Forecast Our Pedagogies of Identity Construction?” She … Read more

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What Middletown Read

It is a notable fact that as a library grows the public grows up to it. –Muncie Daily News, July 6, 1897 Our public libraries are plainly destined to be a leading feature of the civilization of the future. –Muncie Daily News, July 6, 1897 The condition of its library is the intellectual pulse of … Read more

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