March 31, 2006
Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside College, and Morningside senior Joseph Maffit attended the 49th annual Missouri Valley History Conference held March 2-4 at the Embassy Suites in Omaha, Neb.
Guelcher served as chair of the session “Western Intrusions in Central Asia and the Middle East,” one of 45 different sessions that included presentations by scholars and students from academic and research institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Maffit presented his paper titled “The Strategy of Retreat: A Comparative Analysis of George Washington’s Campaigns of 1776-77 and Nathanael Greene’s Campaigns of 1780-81” during the “Military Education” session. The paper sought to explain the military strategies utilized by Greene and Washington during the American Revolution.
Guelcher joined Morningside's faculty in 1996 and teaches world, Asian, and Middle Eastern history, imperialism, and Vietnam history. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Maffit, from Salix, Iowa, is majoring in history at Morningside. He is a graduate of Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School.
The Missouri Valley History Conference, founded and organized in 1958 by the history department at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), features presentations on a variety of topics from all periods of history. The conference allows scholars and students to exchange ideas and advance historical knowledge. Editors from scholarly journals and university presses are also on hand to meet with historians and facilitate publication of papers.