Southeast Missouri State University

News and Events

Congratulations to our Graduate Assistant, Kathleen Reynolds!

Kathleen's paper, "Lift Every Voice and Sing: African American Music as an
Expression of Agency in Jim Crow America," has been accepted by the
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference
in Albuquerque, New Mexico ( February 13-16, 2013).

Graduate Study in History Open House

History / Public History / Historic Preservation

  • When
    Saturday, December 1, 10am—3pm
  • Where
    311E Carnahan Hall
    Southeast Missouri State University
    Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • RSVP
    Dr. Kathryne Beebe, Graduate Coordinator,
  • Phone
    (573) 651-2180
  • Maps and Directions

The Graduate Program in History at Southeast Missouri State University will be holding an Open House. Come and take advantage of the opportunity to learn about our graduate certificate and MA programs in History, Public History, and Historic Preservation. Attendees will be able to meet with current graduate students and graduate faculty to discuss the program and graduate life at Southeast. Lunch is provided for those who reserve a place in advance.

Schedule for the Day

  • Coffee and Orientation (10:15am)
  • Campus tours with current students (11:15am)
  • Lunch with faculty in department lounge (lunch provided for those who RSVP in advance) (12pm)
  • Roundtable discussion with current graduate students (1-3pm)  
Second Friday Graduate/Faculty Happy Hour for November
  • When:
    Friday, November 9, 5:30pm at Buckner’s Brewing

Graduate and Faculty Happy Hour

Come. Drink. Be Merry!


featuring Dr. Lily Santoro: "Science as Devotional Practice in the Early Republic"

Mark your calendars… our next departmental seminar is scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

As always, drinks, snacks, conversation--intelligent and otherwise, guaranteed for all.

For those of you unfamiliar with the process, Department Seminars are an informal opportunity to gather and talk about history,
and so we encourage you to come. Plus, we will be coming into the final stretch of the semester, and so what better way to
celebrate than with a relaxing discussion with your fellow historians about an important and interesting topic…. complete with refreshments!

Contact for details of where to meet, and to RSVP.

Southeast invites you to a fundraiser at the Gordonville Grill on Tuesday, September 18. 10% of all sales generated that day (11am – 9pm) will go toward the History Graduate Student Development Fund, which provides scholarships, work-study programs, research trips, conferences, internships  and other needed support. Bring your friends and family! Carry outs, gift cards and caterings also count towards the fundraiser on that day. For more information, contact  the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 651-2180 or  For menu and catering options, visit: or call 243-0101. (MAP to the Gordonville Grill, State Highway Z, Gordonville, Cape Girardeau, MO, HERE)

55th Annual Missouri Conference on History Call for Papers

The 55th Annual Missouri Conference on History hosted by the Southeast Missouri State University Department of History will be held March 21-22, 2013 at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

On the centennial of the Missouri state flag, we invite paper and panel proposals on all aspects of history including Missouri and Midwestern, American, European, Non-Western, Historic Preservation, and Public History.  The conference is particularly interested in proposals for complete sessions, including panelists, chair, and commentator.  Anyone wishing to present a paper should submit a 100-200 word abstract and brief curriculum vitae.  Panel proposals should include a brief abstract of the panel’s purpose, short descriptions of the individual papers, and brief cvs for all participants. All proposals should be submitted by email no later than December 15, 2012 to Dr. Joel P. Rhodes, Professor of History, Southeast Missouri State University, at

The program committee would like to make a special appeal to graduate students. We hope that the conference can provide a friendly and inviting space for graduate students to present their work.

Student Paper Prizes

The Missouri Conference on History presents a $250 prize for the best student paper presented at the conference.  The Lynn and Kristen Morrow Missouri History Student Prize is a $150 prize for the best student paper on an aspect of Missouri history presented at the conference. Students who wish to be considered for these prizes should submit an electronic version of the completed paper of between 3,000 and 4,000 words by January 15, 2013 to: Dr. Joel P. Rhodes, Professor of History, Southeast Missouri State University, at

A Graduate Assistantship has become available for the Spring 2013 semester. The assistantship will involve working with Dr. Joel Rhodes to teach a large (100+) section of US107.

If you are interested in applying for this assistantship, please send a copy of your unofficial transcript and a completed application [PDF link below] to Ms. Patsy Seabaugh ( in the Department of History by September 12th. 

Both e-mail and paper versions of the application and transcript are acceptable.

Feel free to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Kathryne Beebe (kbeebe[at] if you have any questions.

Application Form


A Graduate-Faculty Happy Hour will be held every second Friday of the month, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Buckner Brewery, Downtown Cape

Next Happy Hour: September 14

Come help welcome in a new year!

The Department of History is pleased to announce three recipients for Graduate Assistantships: Amber Webb, Candidate for an MA in History (Fall 2012) Christopher Kinder, Candidate for an MA in Public History: Historic Preservation (Spring 2013) Emily Speidel, Candidate for an MA in History (Spring 2013)

Congratulations to the graduate students and faculty who have won important university awards this spring!    At the Student Life and Leadership Awards Banquet on April 20, 2012, two graduate students and a faculty member were recognized for their contribution to the intellectual life of the university. Our congratulations go to Kathleen Reynolds, a Graduate Assistant in the Department of History, winner of the 2012 Provost Award, School of Graduate Studies, for Academic Excellence, representing the College of Liberal Arts. Congratulations also go to Kelly Owens, also a Graduate Assistant in the Department of History, who is the winner of the 2012 Experiential Learning Award, School of Graduate Studies, representing the College of Liberal Arts. Finally, Dr. Eric Clements, a graduate faculty member in the Department of History was honored as the 2012 Outstanding Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts.  In a separate award, the Graduate Council, part of the School of Graduate Studies, presented Kathleen Reynolds with the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given to “a graduate assistant who exemplifies the characteristics associated with high quality teaching,” and which comes with a $500 award and a certificate of merit.   Our thanks and congratulations go to Dr. Clements, Kathleen Reynolds, and Kelly Owens!

The Graduate Program in History at Southeast is pleased to announce that eight of its graduate students have had papers accepted for the 54th Annual Missouri Conference on History, to be held March 29-30, in Columbia, MO.