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Myers to present four history papers at conferences in three countries

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College Assistant Professor of History Christine Myers
Monmouth College Assistant Professor of History Christine Myers might have emulated the movie character Indiana Jones and spent her career descending into tombs in North Africa, except for one small thing: she’s allergic to dust.

“My first memorable encounter with history was seeing the ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago when I was 4 years old,” said Myers, who will present papers at four conferences in the next three months. “Were I not allergic to dust, I would probably be an Egyptologist.”

Throughout her childhood, Myers remained fascinated by history. She decided to become a history professor “when I was 7.”

“My mother was a history teacher and my father an engineering professor, so it was a combination of their examples,” she said.

Myers’ love of British history, in particular, came two years later, sparked “when Prince William was born on my ninth birthday.”

In addition to the classes she teaches at Monmouth, Myers’ love of history manifests itself in her ongoing research. At two of the conferences, she’ll present original research. She will also present two pedagogical papers about courses she taught last year. By the end of May, she’ll have presented papers in three countries, including Canada and Ireland.

Up first is a March 16-19 trip to Philadelphia, where Myers will present “Anatomy of a Classroom: Coeducating Medical Students in Victorian Scotland” at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference.

“My research is always ongoing,” said Myers. “The Philadelphia paper is part of a project I started about a year-and-a-half ago. I presented an earlier piece of the project in Chicago last August and have a proposal in for a third piece for a conference next fall.”

Later this month, Myers will head to Kansas City, Mo., to present “Commemorating Our War: Approaches to Teaching Ireland and WWI” at the American Conference for Irish Studies Annual Conference.

“The conference is being held in Kansas City because that’s where the National World War I Museum is located,” said Myers. “The keynote address will be held at the museum. The papers won’t all be about World War I, but the panel I’m on is focused on the war.”

An added benefit of the WWI research is its timeliness, she said, as 100th anniversaries of the conflict are happening right now.

At the end of April, Myers will head to Vancouver, British Columbia, for a joint conference of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada and the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States. There, she’ll present “Victorian Violence in the College Classroom.”

“My doctoral research was about the integration of women into male universities in Britain and the U.S. from 1860-1940,” said Myers, who received her Ph.D. from Scotland’s University of Strathclyde. “All of my subsequent research has related to that in some way. The Victorian work I’m doing now is a way for me to approach the curriculum in Scottish universities differently than I have in the past, by looking at one topic – murder – that was taught across many academic disciplines.”

In May, Myers will present “Zigzagging: The Transatlantic Propaganda Value of Women in WWI Hospitals” at a symposium in Dublin.

“The paper will focus on American, British and Canadian authors who wrote about women’s contributions to the war effort in hospitals,” she said. “It connects nicely to the ‘WWI Hospitals’ course I taught in 2015 and will teach again in 2018.”

Myers joined Monmouth’s faculty in 2012. In addition to her Ph.D., she has a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and University of Strathclyde. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Cornell (Iowa) College.