May 05, 2011
The University made a strong showing at the recent 6th Annual
Ohio University History Graduate Student Association
Conference. Attracting a graduate student audience
from across the nation and overseas, the event took place on
Saturday, April 16, at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. It was
sponsored by the Ohio University Graduate Student Association.
St. John’s College Doctor of Arts in Modern World History
candidates — Antonio Munoz, Jacek Czarnecki
and Joanna Chi-Hsin-Kang — were the featured
speakers at a panel discussion exploring differing national
perspectives of critical historic events during the war.
Antonio’s presentation focused on the participation of the
Wehrmacht Secret Field Police in the Holocaust exterminations;
Jacek discussed how the Poles remember the Soviet massacre of their
people at Katyn during WWII; and Joanna shared her findings on how
Madame Chiang Kai-Shek manipulated her public persona to foster
closer diplomatic and military relations between China and the
“The experience was enriching as well as encouraging,” said
Antonio. “I was extremely gratified by the positive feedback I
received on my remarks and I was interested in learning about the
topics my peers are writing about.” Antonio also welcomed the
opportunity to network with other scholars here and abroad and to
add his presentation to his growing resume.
Dolores L. Augustine, Ph.D.,
and Professor and Graduate Director of History, observed, “the
popular event provides graduate students studying history with a
valuable chance to get peer reactions to their doctoral
“I am very proud that our students were asked to lead a
panel,” she said. “Their presentations were well-received and had
the added distinctions of being original as well as incorporating
research written in the languages of the people they wrote about.
Their linguistic abilities made their presentations distinctive and