Student and professor head to American Historical Meeting
January 18, 2018
Dr. Nic Virtue invited Michelangelo Pepe, a third-year Political Science student who is also pursuing a minor in History, to do research on the paper that they presented at the American Historical Association (AHA).
This year’s AHA Annual Meeting was held in Washington, DC from January 4-7, 2018. Thousands of historians from all over the globe gathered to share the newest research, network and disseminate their work.
Dr. Virtue explains, “During the Fall 2017 term, as part of a Workplace Learning course (History 3901F), Michelangelo worked as a Research Assistant under my supervision. He read, summarized, and indexed Italian historical newspapers and journals, contributing to a project that I am working on about Religion, Race, and the Making of War Culture in Fascist Italy. Michelangelo secured his own funding through King's and he was able to travel with me to Washington, DC, for the presentation of our research findings at the AHA, within the auspices of the Society for Italian Historical Studies.”
The panel, “Religion, State and Cultural Practices, and the Racialization of the Nation in Italy from Fascism to the Republic,” was well attended and afforded these scholars from King’s the opportunity to engage in a lively discussion focusing on the broader themes regarding culture and race. “The trip was a bit of a whirlwind,” stated Dr. Virtue, “but we managed to brave the cold and take in some of the sights that Washington has to offer, including the White House, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Museums, and the National Archives.”
Pepe is an excellent student scholar who has received nine scholarships and awards during his time at King’s including the Principal Regis Scholarship which is awarded to students with the highest admissions averages. He also works as a tour guide at King’s. Pepe is a graduate of Catholic Central High School in London.