STEM boosters take note: history knows microscopes! Ryan Patterson, a student in Charles Upchurch's Gender, Class, and Sexuality course last spring, is the recipient of this year's North American Conference on British Studies Undergraduate Essay Award. Ryan's paper, "The Contagious Diseases Acts: Under the Microscope," will be recognized at this year's annual meeting of the NACBS in Portland and the prize carries a $100 award.
Ben Weider Professor Darrin McMahon has published Divine Fury: A History of Genius (Basic Books). From the publisher's description: "The first comprehensive history of this elusive concept, Divine Fury follows the fortunes of genius and geniuses through the ages down to the present day, showing how—despite its many permutations and recent democratization—genius remains a potent force in our lives, reflecting modern needs, hopes, and fears." This week Professor McMahon writes on genius in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New Republic. The book also has its own website--genius!
History major Kayleigh Whitman received the John W. Day III Undergraduate Research Award for her Honors Thesis, prepared under the direction of Nathan Stoltzfus. The thesis is titled "The Debate of Pope Pius XII's Silence in the Holocaust." The award is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
On November 1, US Air Force Colonel Terrance J. McCaffrey III will lecture on “Rising China—Responsible Stakeholder or Nascent Enemy? US-China Policy from a Military Perspective” (details), and on November 13, Anthony Austin will lecture on "A Teenager in Occupied Japan" (details). These events are organized by Prof. Annika Culver, our energetic new Asian historian.
The history department is delighted to welcome Annika Culver, our new East Asian specialist. Prof. Culver received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and comes to us from UNC Pembroke. Her recent book Glorify the Empire: Japanese Avant-Garde Propaganda in Manchukuo examines the intersection of politics and art in twentieth century Japan.
Weston Nunn, a PhD candidate, has been awarded a Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship for his proposal entitled "Between State and Peasantry: The Dynamics of Military Administration in Volunteer-Occupied Russia, 1918-21." He will use the fellowship to research and acquire materials from the Volunteer military regime's justice, food, and interior directorates at the State Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF) in Moscow.
Thanks to a generous gift from Dan and Sylvia Walbolt, the department is able to provide this award, which includes a stipend and travel funding, to one graduate student every semester.