Phi Alpha Theta at the 2012 Nightfire Event
Phi Alpha Theta members volunteered at the 2012 Veterans Day Nightfire event at the Idaho Military History Museum on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Phi Alpha Theta members helped serve coffee and hot chocolate, and took gate receipts for this great event.
It was a blast!
Reel vs. Real PAT event was October 9, 2012
Real vs. Real – October 9, 2012
Phi Alpha Theta members attended a Reel vs. Real event on Tuesday, October 9th. The movie viewed and discussed was ”Savior.” Dr. Nick Miller led the discussion on the ‘real’-ness of this movie ‘reel.’ Watch for future Reel vs. Real events!
Tim Guill has been awarded The Hemingway Western Studies Center Western Studies Summer Research Grant (2012). He used the $600 to go to the Basque archives located at University of Nevada, Reno. His project centered around the Boise Basque community and their experiences during the Spanish Influenza of 1918 (specifically October, 1918). He is going to submit his paper for publication in the inaugural issue of the Society of Basque Studies Journal.
César Chávez and the Ecological Virtue of Sacrifice
October 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum Room, S.U.B.
Dr. Kevin J. O’Brien, an Associate Professor of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University, will present a talk that asks what contemporary environmentalism can learn from César Chávez and the movement he created.
Chávez (1927-1993) was a union organizer best known for leading a famous grape boycott and advocating justice for farm workers. Less well known is the fact that he helped to negotiate the earliest bans on pesticides like DDT and advocated a new spiritual connection between human beings and the rest of the natural world. A central lesson is the importance of personal and collective sacrifice, a topic from which environmentalists tend to shy away but which Chávez demonstrates can be an effective organizing tool.
Dr. O’Brien’s talk is sponsored by the Environment and Society Interdisciplinary Research Community, the Arts and Humanities Institute, the Honors College and Phi Alpha Theta History Society.
Update: Operation First Novel Winner is a BSU Graduate!
Peter Leavell, a Boise State University history graduate, has been named the winner of the Christian Writer’s Guild 2011 Operation First Novel contest! Leavell will receive $20,000 and his novel, Gideon’s Call, is being published by Worthy Publishing and will be available fall 2012. Gideon’s Call is a historical fiction set during the Civil War.
For more information visit the official press release and read the article A Passion for History.
BSU History Graduate Finalist for Literary Prize
Peter Leavell, a Boise State University history graduate, is one of five finalists for the Christian Writer’s Guild Operation First Novel. His novel, Songs of Captivity, is a historical fiction that is yet to be published. The Guild, with Worthy Publishing, will announce the winner on February 16 at the Writing for the Soul conference at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The winner will be awarded $20,000 and a publishing contract with Worthy Publishing.
Visit The Christian Writer’s Guild website for more information about Operation First Novel or visit Peter Leavell’s website to learn more about his work.