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DeKeizer WW I War PlaqueCurrent Student Story

One hundred years ago, a large number of students and former students from the Berry Schools left the southeastern United States to go off and fight in World War I.  Eleven of them made the ultimate sacrifice and died fighting for their country.  Berry College’s “Road of Remembrance” is dedicated to their memory, and the College also honored them with a memorial near Victory Lake and a plaque in the College Chapel, given by the Class of 1920.  Sophomore Beth Anne DeKeizer (2019) has learned all this and more as she continues her work on a study of World War I and its effects on Berry College and its students.  She is relying not only on her readings of the secondary literature on World War I, Berry College, and northwest Georgia, but also on her own original research in the Berry College archives in Memorial Library.  DeKeizer plans to present her initial research findings at this spring’s Student Symposium.  

Haley FortuneAlumni Story

Like a lot of students, Haley Fortune (2014) came to Berry with a love for History but uncertain about what career possibilities it offered.  In her History courses and her work at Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum, she found her niche:  in Public History and Historic Preservation, she could help preserve the past while relating its lessons in original and exciting ways.  It would also allow her to pursue her dream to live abroad, sparked by a study-abroad semester in Great Britain.  After completing her degree in History with a minor in Anthropology in 2014, she studied Art History and Visual Arts Management and Curating at Richmond, The American International University in London.  After working for a year in London, this past summer she joined the staff at Mount Vernon, the historic home of George Washington.

Stanard conference websiteFaculty Story

In January 2017, Associate Professor of History Matthew G. Stanard (Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington, 2006) co-organized the international conference The End of Empire: European Popular Responses in Birmingham, in the U.K.  Scholars from several different countries convened at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and at the University of Birmingham to present their original research on the effects of overseas imperialism and decolonization on Europe’s cultures in the 20th Century.  Stanard presented his own findings on debates over “authenticity,” African artwork, and the circulation of African art objects in Europe after the Belgian Congo’s independence in 1960. 

Dr. Stanard is a student of modern Europe and European imperialism in Africa.  In 2011, he published Selling the Congo, a study of pro-colonial propaganda about the Belgian Congo.  He has presented his research at venues across the U.S. as well as in Germany, Scotland, England, and Belgium.  Dr. Stanard has published numerous book chapters as well as peer-reviewed articles in leading journals including Journal of Contemporary History  and Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire/Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis.