A group of Messiah College historians traveled to Malibu, California this weekend to participate in the biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History (CFH). This year’s host was beautiful Pepperdine University, a Christian college located on the Pacific Ocean. Yes, we historians have it rough.
May 2014 Messiah College History graduate Brooke Strayer presented a paper at the CFH Undergraduate Conference entitled “Tracing the Trajectory of the Brethren in Christ Peace Position in the United States.” It was based on her Messiah College senior honors thesis. Brooke’s paper, as you will see in the photo below, was presented in the Pepperdine University Surfboard Museum. She did a great job and represented Messiah’s history department very well.
Another Messiah College history alum, Amanda Mylin (’12), presented a paper at the main CFH conference entitled “Luxury, Vice, and Virtue: The Intersection of Women, Consumerism, and Religion, 1750-1783.” Amanda is finishing her master’s degree in history at Baylor University.
Devin Manzullo-Thomas, an adjunct instructor in the Messiah College history department and the Director of Messiah’s Sider Institute, participated on a roundtable discussion entitled “The Role of Historians in Managing Institutional Change.”
Dr. Jim LaGrand chaired and commented on a session entitled “Dear Colleagues: What Christian Public Historians Want You to Know About Our Field, Our Audiences, and What We Need from You.”
Finally, Dr. John Fea participated on a panel at the Undergraduate Conference entitled “Why I Hate (or Love) the History Channel.” At the main conference he joined roundtables devoted to social media and book publishing.
In 2016 the CFH will be meeting in Virginia Beach. Another undergraduate conference is expected and we hope that many of our students will be interested in attending. Stay tuned to History on the Bridge for more information. The deadline for proposals will probably be sometime in April or May of 2016.