Four with connections to Fresno Pacific University explore how the dead serve the living at historical conference

On Friday, November 5, 2021, four faculty members associated with Fresno Pacific University participated in the European Section of the Southern Historical Society Conference, held in New Orleans and virtually, in a panel titled, “Bodies of Work: How the Dead Have Served the Living Throughout History.” Presenting were:

  • W. Marshall Johnston, Ph.D., FPU associate professor and program director of history, “The Usefulness of the Dead and the Role of Corpses from Martin Luther to Martin Luther King”
  • Pamela D. Johnston, Ph.D., FPU associate professor of history, "Still They Haunt Us Phantom-wise: the Bodies of Pompeii”
  • Richard Rawls, Ph.D., Georgia Gwinnett College professor of history, “Cultural, Military, and Propaganda Purposes in the Use of Corpses in the Greco-Persian Wars”
  • Nathan Orgill, Ph.D., Georgia Gwinnett College professor of history and chair of faculty, panel moderator and commentator 

Rawls earned his B.A. at FPU and served on the history and philosophy faculty 1997-2008 and as director of Hiebert Library 2005-2008. Orgill taught history 2005-2009.



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations