Despite the restrictions of a year of virtual learning, undergraduate history majors found creative ways to pursue independent research projects. Joining classmates from across the university, students presented their work at the 2021 University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 21. Presenters included:

  • Stephanie Reitzig, a third-year history and Romance languages and literatures major, who partnered with the Newberry Library for the project “Learning from Premodern Plagues: A Public Humanities Project for the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Reitzig helped design teaching resources for high school and college courses on pandemic history.
  • Ethan Hsi, a third-year history, law, letters, and society, and creative writing major, whose project “A Vietnam in the US: American Racial Politics in the Vietnam War” used recently declassified Presidential Daily Briefs from the late 1960s to show that foreign perceptions of American race relations were an issue of significant concern in the Johnson administration.
  • Oren Oppenheim, a fourth-year creative writing and history major, who researched the history of the Jewish community of Japan in the project “Jewish Expatriate History in Japan in the 20th Century.”
  • William Shine, a fourth-year anthropology and history major, whose “Anatolian Atlas Project: Mapping Ancient Turkey” used GIS, satellite imaging, and aerial photography to generate geospatial data for hundreds of archaeological sites across Turkey.

Full abstracts of these research projects can be found at the 2021 University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium Session 1 and Session 2 websites.

Congratulations to all undergraduate researchers on their hard work and valuable findings!