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Spring 2015 - History major Samuel Anderson successfully presented his capstone seminar paper "East India Company in India: Transition From Trading Empire to British Raj" at the 2015 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters Conference held at Andrews University. Congratulations Sam!
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Spring 2014 - History majors Kevin Mahar and Nolan Smith both contributed posters and papers to the annual AQ undergraduate research symposium. Dr. Chad Gunnoe served as faculty mentor for Kevin's bibliographic project on Conrad Gessner and Dr. Bethany Kilcrease served as faculty mentor for Nolan's research paper on the British Mandate of Palestine. Click here for more information.

Spring 2013 - History major Breanne Stockall contributed a paper to this year's Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium at Aquinas. Information about her paper, "Karl Marx's Historiographical Impact," can be found here. Miss Stockall's faculty mentor on this project was Dr. Bethany Kilcrease.
Student Research and Transcription
In upper level seminars, History students have transcribed historical texts and edited their own collection of original research papers on topics such as European witchcraft during the early modern period.  These works are student transcriptions of public domain historical texts. While the transcriptions represent a valuable contribution to early modern studies, scholars are advised to access the original texts or facsimile images when citing the works in academic contexts. >Read More
Outstanding Senior Awards 2015


Senior Awards



The History Department honored graduating senior Emily Blakowski with the outstanding senior award for 2014-2015. 

Congratulations Emily!

Congratulations to our 2015 History Department Graduates!
Commencement 2015 Commencement 2015 Commencement 2015
(Left to right, back row): Troy Hammond, Randall (Cole) Janisch, Dr. John Pinheiro (Left to right, second row): Dr. Chad Gunnoe, Dr. Jason Duncan, Joseph Cowdery, Elizabeth Melynk, Jaclyn Popek, Matthew Ellis, Jessica Dippel, Dr. Bethany Kilcrease (Left to right, front row kneeling): Daniel Luckenbaugh, Emily Blakowski, Kendall Clair    (Left to right, back row): Troy Hammond, Randall (Cole) Janisch, Dr. John Pinheiro (Left to right, second row): Dr. Chad Gunnoe, Dr. Jason Duncan, Joseph Cowdery, Elizabeth Melynk, Jaclyn Popek, Matthew Ellis, Jessica Dippel, Dr. Bethany Kilcrease (Left to right, front row kneeling): Daniel Luckenbaugh, Emily Blakowski, Kendall Clair 
>>Previous History Outstanding Seniors Awards and Graduates

History Students Attend American History Seminar at the Russell Kirk Center
On April 9, 2011, nine Aquinas history students journeyed to Mecosta, Michigan, to attend an American history seminar at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. At this daylong event, arranged by Dr. Pinheiro for his Federal Union and American Religious History classes, students got the chance to dine with Annette Kirk at the late Dr. Russell Kirk's home, explore Dr. Kirk's vast library, and hear lectures by leading scholars on Alexis de Tocqueville and Orestes Brownson.
Dr. Bruce P. Frohnen, a Senior Fellow at Kirk Center, spoke on Alexis de Tocqueville.  Also a visiting associate professor of law at Ohio Northern University College of Law, Dr. Frohnen is a Tocqueville scholar who also has published widely on Edmund Burke and the American conservative tradition.  His talk was entitled, "Religious Liberty and the Soul of American Politics."  Dr. Frohnen explained that Tocqueville tried to orient democracy toward virtue and community despite its inherent impetus toward radical individualism and utilitarian values.  Tocqueville, according to Frohnen, understood how the lack of an established church in America allowed religion to play a full role in local life, thereby contributing to the maintenance of a public spirit and a natural community that neither requires nor requests control from the outside.
Students at a lecture in the Kirk Library. Students at lunch in the dining hall.
Students at a lecture in the Kirk Library. Students at lunch in the dining hall.
Dr. James Gaston, associate professor of history and director of the Humanities and Catholic Culture Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, spoke on "Orestes Brownson and the American Republic."  Dr. Gaston explained how, in The American Republic, the philosopher Brownson sought to recapitulate the founding idea of the United States, which was liberty under the law.  Like Tocqueville, Brownson also was concerned with the tension between the individual and the state in what he called a "territorial democracy."
The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal is a nonprofit educational institute based in Mecosta, Michigan, home of the American writer and thinker Russell Kirk (1918-1994). Continuing in the tradition of Dr. Kirk, the Center’s mission is to strengthen the foundations - cultural, economic, and religious - of Western civilization and the American experience within it.  The Center’s efforts are directed at students, business and religious leaders, policy makers, and the general public. It identifies, educates, and mentors thoughtful men and women, and develops and promotes the writing of both established and emerging thinkers. Getting the wonderful opportunity to attend Kirk Center seminars is just one more advantage to being a history major at Aquinas College.
History Students Attend American History Seminar at the Russell Kirk Center








Pictured at left, (left to right) back row: Mark Murray (President of Meijer, Inc., and Catholic Studies Advisory Board Member), Elizabeth Murray, George Wissmiller, Allyson Putt, Bruce Miller, Sam Johnson, Jason Beurkens. From left to right, front row: April Spangler, Angela Batts, Roger Gonda, David Clark, Dr. Pinheiro, Annette Kirk


Students Earn Field Experience in History
As part of their education at Aquinas College, students majoring or minoring history have the opportunity to earn up to three semester hours for hands-on experience in fields related directly to history (See HY397: Field Experience in History). Working as an intern at a museum or an interpreter at an historic park gives students a broader education beyond the classroom. Field experience also provides students with a first-hand experience in the many types of careers open to those who possess a B.A. in history, such as preservation, archival work, interpretation, etc. Field experience also better enables future success for those who wish to pursue graduate studies in Public History.
In the past three years, seven students have interned at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, others at Mackinac State Historical Park:
Jonathan Grobbel (history major):  Being an intern at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum has given me real world experience and has applied my education to the real world where I will soon be looking for a job. It has given me a head start by teaching me real job skills. Whether you choose to take your internship for college credit, like me, or take it just for the experience, you gain knowledge that will help to build your career and help you choose what job you want to get when you graduate. Aquinas has one of the best internship programs around. Everyone I talk to is very impressed at how well organized and informative our Career Services department is. I would highly recommend an internship to help "jump start" your career.
Stephanie Defouw (history major):  Starting out as an intern at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, I was thrown into the chaotic world of exhibit rotation.  After taking down one temporary exhibit, cleaning a missile for the lobby, and helping to put up the new "America in the Cold War" exhibit (all within the first 3 weeks) things finally slowed down a bit.  Since then, I have re-rolled the quilts and textiles in the collection, completed records for artifacts in the collection on the computer database, accessioned new items into the database, helped to clean a few of the permanent exhibits (including the Oval Office), written a couple of blurbs on some of the more interesting artifacts in the collection for the Curator's Favorites section on the website, and even had the chance to take a day trip to the Ford Library in Ann Arbor.  My experience at the Ford Museum has not only been incredibly valuable, but also incredibly fun, helping me to learn new skills while enjoying every second.

Nicholas Klein (history major): The internship at the Ford Museum was one of the best things that happened to me while at college. It was so fun to learn and work with the staff at the museum and it really helped me make my decision to follow a museum career path. The experience will be something that I never forget!


History Student visits Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
By: John LaCross
As a supplement to my research on the Battle of Lake Erie for Dr. Pinheiro's HY 401 Senior Research Seminar, I visited the Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara in Erie, Pennsylvania, during spring break. Erie was the site of the construction of Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet which defeated a British squadron on Lake Erie during the War of 1812, securing America’s northern border along the Great Lakes rather than the Ohio River as the British had hoped. I would venture to say that the battle was decisive in assuring that Aquinas College is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, rather than Grand Rapids, Ontario!
The museum itself was fascinating, featuring many exhibits and, most interestingly, a live fire exhibit. The museum performed a novel study in the destruction of naval gunnery by constructing a portion of a ship’s hull and firing upon it with carronades (short cannon) loaded with varying sizes of shot up to 32 lbs.  The devastated hull section was on display in the museum. The highlight of the visit, though, was the Niagara itself, a traditionally built and fully functioning replica of Perry’s relief flagship during the battle. The brig, when fully rigged, as it is when it sails the Great Lakes and the Atlantic seaboard during the summer months, is 198 ft. long and its main mast towers 118 ft. in the air. Pacing the weather deck on which 20 deadly guns were once mounted and hunching over beneath the 5 ft. clearance in the cramped spaces below deck where 155 men once ate and slept brought me closer to the Age of Fighting Sail than I had ever been.
More importantly for my research, the museum housed many important primary documents which related to the battle. I was able to explore Perry’s correspondence and the sailing log of his initial flagship, the Lawrence, which suffered over 80% casualties during the battle, along with the museum’s collection of rare books. The Director of Education at the museum graciously collected pertinent resources for me and lent me five volumes of transcribed primary documents which I found very useful and interesting.

My visit to Erie both personalized the history I was studying and provided important sources to guide the development of my work.


History Alumnus Now at Boston National Historical Park
By: Brandon A. Sexton
History Student Works as Interpreter History Student Works as Interpreter
I spent the summer of 2006 as an Historical Interpreter at Historic Mill Creek, in Mackinaw City, which is part of the Mackinac State Historic Parks. I worked as a lumberjack, showing how the felling axe and broad axes were used.
I took a round log, scored it with the felling axe, and then would hew the log with the broad axe. This allowed me to get a square beam to cut into board or frame a house. This process takes about one hour and a half, with a 20 foot long beam.
To cut the log into boards, they would use ramps to get the beams onto a sawhorse and cut it into boards using a pit saw. Two men working all day 12-14 hours would cut about one board every 30-45 minutes. They would use this process to construct houses on the frontier or to get beams to frame a building. This process would be used before the sawmill was built or if the sawmill was just too far away to be practical.
In the pictures above, the axe I am using when I am on top of the log is the felling axe. The two person saw is the pit saw. When I am standing on the sawhorses I am the tillerman, and the person underneath in the period clothing is the pitman. It is the tillerman’s job to guide the saw, and the pitman does most of the cutting.
My job at Mackinac helped increase my interest in history, and allowed me to share that love with others.
(Editor's Note: After graduation in 2009, Brandon earned an M.S. in Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Tech. He now works as a Museum Specialist with the Boston National Historical Park - www.nps.gov/bost - and the Boston African American National Historic Site  - www.nps.gov/boaf.) His job entails being the the museum collections manager for both sites, plus all their disparate holdings at numerous locations around the city.)

History Major Awarded Fellowship
By: Jenny Coulon
Jenny Coulon

My name is Jenny Coulon and I am a senior History major at Aquinas. I was given the opportunity to go to New York City under the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Finalist Program. I had to turn in an application along with a sample of my historical writing, two letters of recommendation and a resume. I was chosen with forty other students out of over hundreds of applicants for the one week program in NYC, all expenses paid. There were students from all over the country, all serious history majors interested in pursuing a career in history. The point of the program was to foster an interest in American history.


We were housed in downtown NYC at the Columbia University dorms. We had walking tours everyday, led by an

American history professor from Princeton University. We were given tours of colonial New York, the Gilder Lehrman Historical Archives, downtown Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York City Public Library archives, the New York Historical Society archives, and Central Park. We were given access to primary documents such as Paul Revere's drawing of the Boston Massacre and Abraham Lincoln's "House Divided" speech.
In addition to the historical walking tours, we also were given the wonderful opportunity to hear lectures from prominent historians. We heard lectures from Kenneth T. Jackson, Ric Burns, Pauline Maier, Gordon Wood, Ira Berlin and Sophia Lynn. The historians lectured to our group on their field of expertise in American history. We were also given the books they had published, completely free of charge. We were given the chance to ask questions, meet the historians and discuss the topics risen. Ira Berlin and Pauline Maier gave the most riveting talks, on slavery and then on the Declaration of Independence. We also had a panel discussion about graduate school led by students currently enrolled at Columbia University.

This was the best experience I have ever had. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in such a program. It allowed me to get a good idea of what other careers there are in history. I also learned so much from the historians and the walking tours. The experience can never be duplicated. The program comes around once a year (application begins in the spring) and I strongly encourage all history majors with American history as their specialty to apply.


(Editor's Note: Jenny is now a Social Studies teacher at a Detroit Country Day Middle School in Michigan.)

Alumna Profile: Jennifer Caylen
Jennifer (Coulon) Caylen ’07


Jennifer (Coulon) Caylen ’07 received a distinguished fellowship to study history at Columbia University in New York City her senior year at AQ and is the only Aquinas student to receive this fellowship.


She has taught at three different schools in Michigan and attributes Aquinas to her success as a teacher. Caylen recently received a position at a prestigious Detroit school, Detroit Country Day Middle School, where she will teach sixth grade social studies. >Read More


Aquinas Grad Joins History Faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
By: Andrew Demshuk '02
Andrew Demshuk

Since 2011 I have held the tenure-track post of assistant professor of German history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). UAB is an exciting research institution, where I continue to pursue scholarship on post-1945 ethnic cleansing, memory, and reconstruction in Central and East-Central Europe. I also lead introductory, intermediate, and master's-level history courses.


My thanks to the Aquinas history department for all of your support, both during my undergraduate studies, as well as when I came to teach German history at Aquinas in fall 2008. More>>


Aquinas Grad Excels in the History of Early Modern Germany at Illinois
By: Jake Baum '05
Jake Baum I am a Ph.D. student in the History Department at the University of Illinois, specializing in late medieval and early modern German history.  My dissertation focuses on the relationships between peoples' understandings of the senses and religious rituals in traditional Christian (Catholic) and early Protestant (Lutheran) communities. In October 2009, I presented a brief sample of my work, entitled "Incense and Idolatry: The Reformation of Olfaction in Late Medieval German Christian Ritual," at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. I was honored to receive the Carl S. Meyer Prize for this paper, which is given for the best paper presented by a graduate student. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of receiving the Carl Meyer prize is that I have the opportunity to revise my conference paper for consideration as an article in the Sixteenth Century Journal. I've begun work on that, and hope to have a draft completed by the end of this summer, 2010.
Since graduating from Aquinas in 2005, graduate school has afforded me many exciting opportunities for world travel and intellectual engagement with scholars in the U.S. and in Europe.  I've had the good fortune to refine and hone skills I developed as a History major/German minor at Aquinas by presenting my work at a number of different conferences, conducting research in libraries and archives in Germany and the U.S., and doing translation work for historians and scholars of religion. During the 2011-2012 academic year a fellowship allowed me to live in Mainz, Germany, where I worked to complete my dissertation at the Institute for European History.

Where Are They Now?
The Aquinas College history department has had a fine track record in recent years of launching students into careers in education, journalism, law, and other fields. See the list below for an example of what some Aquinas history grads have been up to.
For frequent updates from alumni, visit the History Department's Facebook page.
  • Kristin Anderson-Bricker ('90), Ph.D., Associate Professor of History & Director of the Honors Program, Loras College
  • Cassandra Armstrong ('04) Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
  • Mike Battaglia, Employee in GIS Dept. of Ducks Unlimited
  • Jacob Baum ('05) Ph.D. Program in European History, University of Illinois
  • David Berault ('96) John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • Elizabeth Chamberlain ('07) Ph.D. Program at Wayne State University
  • Jenny Caylen (Coulen) ('07) Social Studies Teacher; M.A. Student at Saginaw Valley State Univ.
  • Matthew Clark Dual Enrollment in Masters of Public Administration and M.A. in the Social Sciences, UM-Flint
  • Stacey Dearing ('09) M.A. Student in Early American Literature at Auburn University
  • Michael Deeb ('57) Author of Duty and Honor
  • Andrew Demshuk ('02) (Ph.D., 2010, University of Illinois), Assistant Professor of German History, Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Rachel Drenovsky ('92) M.A. Learning Center Coordinator, Michigan Supreme Court
  • William Eberle ('10) Junior Staff Member, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Washington, D.C.
  • Matthew Garner ('05) Marquette University, School of Law
  • Andrew Giguere M.A. in Geography from Ohio University; M.S. Students in GIS at Eastern Michigan University
  • Maria "Lupita" Garza-Grande ('01) M.L.S. Indiana University
  • Christopher Hekman ('02) Wayne State University Law School
  • Sandra Kay Hines ('05) Pastoral Associate, St. Pius X Church, Grandville
  • Kristen Kaniewski ('03) Graduate studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Ashley King M.A. Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs; M.A. in Geography
  • Paul Konggaard ('05) Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Matt Krevda ('05) Graduate studies, University of Southern Indiana
  • Brandon Lacic ('04) Editor, Ionia Sentinel-Standard, Ionia, Michigan
  • Joe Leestma ('09) M.A. Student in Latin American Studies at University of New Mexico
  • Meghan Luckett ('01) Soccer Coach, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Jonathan Marko, Esq. ('05) Law Clerk to Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court
  • D. Wade McConnell ('98) Attorney, Siebers Mohney, Plc.
  • Nate Mehren ('04) Musician & Producer
  • Marius Nielsen ('01) M.A. in Medieval History, Western Michigan University
  • Traci Jarka Parker, Student, Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Andrea Petz ('03) ESL Teacher
  • Lars Petzke ('03) American Studies Program, University of Alabama
  • Jordan Raubolt ('04) Journalism School, Columbia College, Chicago
  • Christopher Roof National Guard
  • Ragan Savara ('03) Syracuse University, College of Law
  • Tonya Schafer ('02) Technical Writer, Smiths Aerospace, Grand Rapids
  • Brandon Sexton ('09) Museum Specialist with the Boston National Historical Park and the Boston African American National Historic Site.
  • Jason Shoup ('01) M.A. Program in Medieval History, Western Michigan University
  • Luke Sprunger ('11) M.A. Program in Public History, Portland State University, w/Caroline P. Stoel Editorial Fellowship at the Pacific Historical Review
  • Tim Streasick M.A. Program in Education
Dedicated teachers, History Department faculty are also scholars. Students studying history at Aquinas College learn from professors whose scholarship and professional activity significantly enhance the classroom experience.
Recent Faculty Scholarship and Professional Activity
Dr. Jason Duncan

Review of Papist Devils: Catholics in British America, 1574-1783 in The Catholic Historical Review (forthcoming).

John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism (New York: Routledge University Press, 2014)

"John F. Kennedy and the Irish Catholic Political Tradition," The Forum 12, no. 1, article 8 (2014).

“Reading John F. Kennedy’s Cold War: The Books that Shaped JFK’s Foreign Policy,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, October 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana

Review of George F. Will, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred in Middle West Review 1, no. 1 (September 2014)

“What Does Russia’s Resurgence Mean for the United States?” Grand Rapids Press/MLive May 12, 2014

“John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism:” A Conversation with Gleaves Whitney, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 2014.

Visiting Scholar, Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, Mecosta, Michigan, Fall 2014

“What JFK Still Teaches Us” DetroitNews.com  November 22, 2013

“A New Leader for a New Generation” in Kennedy: His Life and Legacy (I-5 Publishing, Fall 2013)

Dr. Chad Gunnoe

“Swiss Students and Faculty at the University of Heidelberg, 1518–1622,” in Church and School in Early Modern Protestantism: Studies in Honor of Richard A. Muller on the Maturation of a Theological Tradition, ed. Jordan J. Ballor, David S. Sytsma, and Jason Zuidema, 255-269. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

“The Evolution of Erastianism,” Symposium Ordinum Pietas, Peace Palace Library, The Hague, June 2013.
“The Heidelberg Catechism in the Light of Contemporary Correspondence,” Profil und Wirkung des Heidelberger Katechismus, conference co-sponsored by the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and Verein für Reformationsgeschichte, Heidelberg, May 2013.

Lyle D. Bierma and Charles D. Gunnoe, “Auteurschap van de Heidelbergse Catechismus,” in Handboek Heidelbergse Catechismus, ed. Arnold Huijgen, J.V. Fesko, and Aleida Siller, 73-83. Utrecht: Kok, 2013

“De Heidelbergse Catechismus in de theologische context van de Palts,” inHandboek Heidelbergse Catechismus, ed. Arnold Huijgen, J.V. Fesko, and Aleida Siller, 61-72. Utrecht: Kok, 2013.

Co-authored book [Bierma, Lyle D. with Charles D. Gunnoe Jr., Karin Y. Maag and Paul W. Fields] An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology translated into Korean as 하이델베르크 교리문답 입문. Trans. Chi-ch'ŏl Sin. Seoul: Puhŭng kwa Kaehyŏksa, 2012.
“Michael Toxites (1514–1581): Paracelsian Poet and Propagandist,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Cincinnati, October, 2012.
Thomas Erastus and the Palatinate: A Renaissance Physician in the Second Reformation. Brill's Series in Church History, no. 48, series ed. Wim Janse. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Williams, Gerhard Scholz and Charles D. Gunnoe Jr. eds., Paracelsian Moments: Science, Medicine, and Astrology in Early Modern Europe, Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, no. 64 (Kirksville , MO : Truman State University Press, 2002).

Dr. Bethany Kilcrease
"The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906," (book manuscript under submission).

“The New Science and British Roman Catholicism Prior to the Modernist Controversy,” Lunch Time Lecture Series, Aquinas College, November 18, 2014

“Worship Wars in Victorian Anglicanism: A Lutheran Historical Perspective” Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology (forthcoming in 2014)

Review of Martin V. Clarke, ed., Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain in Anglican and Episcopal History 83, no. 2 (June 2014): 223-225.

“Radical Anti-Catholic Protestantism and When It Was Dark: The Novel and the Historical Context,” English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920 57, no. 2 (January 2014): 210-230.

Independent Contractor Reviser for Instructor’s Resource Manual for Frank L. Kidner et al., Making Europe: The Story of the West, 2nd ed. (Boston: Cengage Learning, 2014).

“Violence as Threat and Fascination in late-Victorian Protestant Children’s Literature,” Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Michigan, April 11-13, 2014

“Origins and Modes of Imperialism,” in Eric Cunningham, ed., Western Civilization II: 1500-Present and World History II 1500 to Present, Milestone Documents (Schlager Publishing Group, 2013).

“The New Science and British Roman Catholicism Prior to the Modernist Controversy,” Conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters,  Oakland University, February 28, 2014

“Protestant Paranoia and Catholic Conspiracies:  Protestant Perspectives on the Second Anglo-Boer War” Fides et Historia, 42, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2012).  
Dr. John C. Pinheiro

"'American Blood on American Soil': Justice, Peace, and the Mexican-American War," War, Justice, and Peace in American Political Thought (Johns Hopkins University Press, in process, forthcoming in 2015)

Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Invited Member, Twelve Person Working Group on Catholic Intellectual Tradition booklet for American Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, July 2014 to present

“Is Catholic Studies Useful?”  Invited paper presentation at “Twenty Years of Catholic Studies: A Conference in Honor of Don Briel,” University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, to be delivered August 30, 2014

“Liberty and the Intellectual Milieu of the Declaration of Independence,” Invited Lecture at “Liberty and the Declaration of Independence, a Liberty Fund Seminar, Grand Rapids, June 30, 2014

“The Dawn of the First Amendment,” invited lecture at Acton University, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Grand Valley State University, June 14, 2013; June 20, 2014

“Thomas Jefferson vs. Alexander Hamilton,” invited lecture at Acton University, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Grand Valley State University, June 14, 2013; June 19, 2014

"James K. Polk as a War President," in Joel Silbey, ed., A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents, 1837-1861 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

“Religion and the American Presidential Election of 1844,” Annual Henry Institute Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, April 27, 2013

Interview for the NEH-funded documentary, “The Mexican-American War in the Southern Mind: Portraits of combat and communication, 1846-1848,” Clemson University, April 2012.

Prof. Pinheiro Presents Book to President Bush
© White House photo by Eric Draper
(left to right) Ted Crackel, Christine Patrick, President Bush, Philander Chase, John Pinheiro, Bruce Cole
On April 29, 2005, Prof. Pinheiro discussed presidential history with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office at the White House. The occasion was the publication of an 800-page book containing George Washington's correspondence that he co-edited while assistant editor of the "Papers of George Washington," a grant-funded project at the University of Virginia.
The small delegation included Prof. Pinheiro's co-editor, Christine Patrick, a past and current editor-in-chief, and Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The historians spent about 30 minutes discussing Lincoln and Washington, the presidents Bush most admires (in that order). About history in general, Bush remarked that presidents who worry about their legacy are worrying about the wrong thing and failing to do their job because they're too busy worrying about their legacy. "A president can't take criticism personally. If he does, he will be unable to make decisions because he will always be second guessing himself." A president has to do his job and let historians worry about the legacy.