Department of History hosts the 30th Annual Phi Alpha Theta regional conference

The Department of History’s local chapter of the National History Honor Society hosted the 30th Annual Phi Alpha Theta regional conference on Saturday, March 8th, at the UHM campus center.  Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from M?noa, UH Hilo, UH West O`ahu, Hawaii Pacific University, Brigham Young University – Hawaii, and Honolulu Community College came together to give papers, chair sessions, and serve as judges.  Cash and book prizes were awarded to papers in eleven different categories.  Prof. Thomas W. Devine of California State University, Northridge, delivered the keynote address entitled “Gyrating Across the Color Line: Elvis Presley and the Emergence of 1950s Youth Culture.”  The gathering was further distinguished by the recognition of Prof. Robert McGlone  for his many years of service to Phi Alpha Theta and by the awarding of the first Jerry H. Bentley World  History Prize.