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Please join us on Friday, March 7th at 1:00PM in BEL 421 for a presentation by Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship recipient Weston Nunn. Weston will discuss his experiences and preliminary research findings in a presentation entitled “Food Politics in Denikin’s Russia: Stavropol' Province, 1918-1919.” After the presentation members of the Walbolt Committee will hold a workshop for anyone interested in applying for a Walbolt Fellowship. The deadline for this semester’s competition is Friday, March 28, 2014 with a Friday, April 11, 2014 decision date.

The history department and the College are very pleased to announce a special lecture by Philip D. Morgan of Johns Hopkins University in honor of our esteemed friend and colleague James P. Jones, as he completes his 57th year on the FSU faculty. The lecture will take place on March 27th, 5:30 pm at the Alumni Center Ballroom.

Ph.D. candidates Anna Amundson and Rebecca Shriver are recipients this semester of the Ermine M. Owneby, Jr. Travel Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations!

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. 

Scott Craig has been awarded the Spring 2014 Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship.  The award will fund research outlined in his proposal entitled “Punishing the Periphery: The Transportation Act and Political Power in the Atlantic World, 1718-1775.”  Scott is a student of Ed Gray

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!

Robert Gellately, Earl Ray Beck Professor of History, was interviewed by Marshall Poe about his new book Stalin's Curse. The interview is available here, and there are many more available on the New Books in History podcast.

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.

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.

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.