Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians and non-historians alike. PAT seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research.

The 2014 PAT Regional Conference is sponsored by the Nu Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the UW History Club, the University of Wyoming’s Department of History, ASUW, and the following businesses: Almanza’s Mexican Food, Corona Village Andale Rapido, Night Heron Books and Coffeehouse, Perkins, Altitude’s, Laramie Dental Arts, Daylight Donuts, Corona Village Mexican Restaurant, Qdoba, Shari’s Restaurant.

We would like to thank all of our panel chairs and presenters for their dedication in the pursuit of history. Thank you for helping make this conference possible.

We would like to thank our Conference Committee Members for their efforts in organizing the PAT and UW History Club Conference:

  • Janna Nickerson Kestner, Conference President
  • Mikole Bede, Conference VP and PAT President
  • Chelsea Frazier, PAT VP
  • Tyler Long, PAT VP
  • Jody Simpson, PAT Treasurer
  • Jeff Wilson, Journal Editor
  • Renee Barrera
  • Emily Lopez
  • Dr. Isadora Helfgott
  • Dr. Renee Laegreid

The 2014 PAT Conference would not have been possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors, panel chairs, presenters and the conference committee. Thank you to all.

Congratulations to our Award Winners!


Vikki M. Doherty, University of Wyoming, Remembering Pearl Harbor? An Analysis of Media Portrayal of the Pearl Harbor Attack from 1941 to 1946

Chandler T. Jameson, University of Wyoming, Intentions and Interests: Human Rights, Sovereignty, and the Syrian Civil War

Jonathon Vsetecka, University of North Colorado, Complex Social Memory: Revolving Social Roles in Holodomor Survivor Testimony, 1986-1988

Gabriel Martins, Colorado State University, Red and Hot, Blue and Cold: Jazz and Opening the Iron Curtain with Cultural Diplomacy

Chandler Harris, University of Wyoming, Soldiers, Sutlers, and Cultural Ambassadors: The Transplantation of Culture in the Wyoming Territory from 1865-1890

Owen Volzke, University of Northern Colorado, Dancing Again: History, Memory, and Activism at Wounded Knee

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