NEWS & EVENTS
History Facutly Semester in Review
2009). Dr. James
Stitt, professor of history at High Point University,
presented his paper, entitled "Canada's National Productivity
Council,” at the 34th annual meeting of the Economic and Business
Historical Society in Grand Rapids.
His paper analyzed the National Productivity Council (NPC), composed
of union and manufacturing representatives, and its creation by the
Canadian government in 1960 to determine ways national industry could
become more productive to compete better in world trade. The NPC, a
product of a Conservative administration, ended when the Liberal Party
won an election in 1963. The organization's accomplishments were fewer
than one would expect, considering the notoriety the NPC received.
At the meeting, Stitt was also reelected as chairman of the Board of
Trustees for a second three-year term.
Schneid, professor of history and director of the Honors
Program at High Point University, presented a paper entitled "The Army
of the Kingdom of Italy Revisited: Examining Military Contributions in
the Napoleonic Imperium," at the annual meeting of the Society for
Military History, held April 2-5 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Schneid's paper examined the recent historiography concerning
Napoleon's satellite state in Italy and its army. He used the Italian
army as a case study to explore the problems of the historical
methodology surrounding Napoleonic conscription.
"In the past 25 years, common understanding of Napoleonic conscription
has been informed by studying desertion and further influenced by the
historiography of the Risorgimento," says Schneid. "A broader
examination of conscription and a comparative approach looking at
other satellite states and Imperial France help to provide a
comprehensive understanding of conscription during the French
Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars."
Schneid was also invited by Brill Publishing to serve as a series
editor for its award-winning "History of Warfare" series.
The Society for Military History is a national organization with
international participation that promotes the study of military
history. Schneid serves as southern regional director for the
Dr. Philip Mulder
has been promoted from associate professor to full professor. Mulder,
now a full professor of history, began his career at HPU as an adjunct
in 1992 and then as a full-time faculty member in 1997. He received a
Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College, as well as a Master of Arts and
a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Schneid, history professor at High Point University, recently
participated in a panel at the annual meeting of the Consortium on the
Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, held in Savannah, Ga.
Schneid participated in "1809 in Historical Perspective," which
discussed the bicentennial of the Austrian war against Napoleon in
1809. The topic, he says, details the first major test of Napoleon's
grand empire, after its creation in 1807. The panel included experts
on Austria, Prussia and Napoleonic Europe.
The Consortium, Schneid adds, includes 16 colleges and universities,
and HPU is a directing institution of the organization. Through the
History Department, HPU edits and publishes the annual Selected Papers
of the Consortium, which is held by several hundred university
Dr. Renzo Honores,
assistant professor of history at High Point University, along with
several HPU students, attended the Harvard National Model United
Nations event Feb. 12-15 in Boston.
The annual event is a simulation of the United Nations General
Assembly and its different committees. This year's educational event
was attended by more than 100 universities from all over the United
States and several other countries.
Dr. Renzo Honores,
assistant professor of history at High Point University, recently
presented a paper at the 123rd annual AHA Conference on Latin American
History, held Jan. 2-5 in New York City.
Honores presented "Caciques as Legal Benefactors: Cacial Legal
Offensive in the Andes, 1552-1572." The paper explores how the Andean
caciques (local lords) used the legal system and how these lords were
successful in their legal campaigns between 1552 and 1572 in the
While at the conference, which is one of the oldest academic
institutions in the country, Honores also participated in a panel,
"Colonial Caciques as Native Leaders and Go-Betweens in Mesoamerica
and the Andes." The panel, which consisted of five participants and
one discussant, was part of the "Conference of Latin American
History," which is a chapter devoted to Latin American History and
affiliated with the "American Historical Association."
Dr. Peng Deng,
professor of history at High Point University, recently presented a
paper at the International Symposium on the Shangshanxiaxiang
Movement, sponsored by Fudan University and the Shanghai Academy of
Social Sciences. The event was held Dec. 21-22 in Shanghai, China.
Deng describes his paper, "The Pre-Cultural Revolution
Shangshanxiaxiang (transfer of urban youth to rural areas in China)
Movement and the Maoist Utopia," as a scathing criticism of the
large-scale transfer of young people from cities to rural areas in
"Due to the sensitive nature of the topic and its bold argument, my
paper generated much discussion after my presentation," Deng says.
"The symposium was the first one on the Shangshanxiaxiang movement in
China, and was well-attended by scholars from all over China and
graduate students at Fudan University."