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Graduate Student, Derek Attig's research has recently been quoted in a NY Times Sunday Book Review section in an article based on the prisoner library at Guantanamo Bay. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/books/review/prison-library-at-guantanamo.html?_r=0
Robert Morrissey has been awarded a Faculty prize from The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) for "Kaskaskia Social Network: Kinship and Assimilation in the French-Illinois Borderlands, 1695-1735," published in The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Serial, 70, number 1, January 2013.
IPRH has awarded T.J. Tallie, a Graduate Student Honorable Mention, for "White Liquor; Settler Colonialism and the Racial Politics of Alcohol in Colonial Natal, 1856-1897," written for History 599: Dissertation Research and Writing in Fall 2012, under the direction of Antoinette Burton.
David Roediger and Elizabeth Esch have been awarded the International Labor History Association (ILHA) Book of the Year Award for 2012 for "The Production of Difference," published by Oxford University Press.
Fred Hoxie has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
More from our sports historian and film commentator, Adrian Burgos...
Interview he did with Jeff Bossert was excerpted as part of their 12 O’clock newscast http://will.illinois.edu/news/audioplayer_newscast
And was also featured in the Afternoon Magazine today (April 15), http://www.will.illinois.edu/news/story/ui-prof-42-brings-accurate-story-of-racist-abuse-within-baseball
Bruce Levine's NPR broacast may be viewed at http://www.npr.org/sections/author-interviews/
W.D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor Investiture Ceremony Fritzsche-Trowbridge
Jerry Davila has been elected vice-president and president-elect of the Conference on Latin American History, an affiliate of the AHA and an organization representing 1,100 Latinamericanist historians. Jerry will be serving a four-year term in the various leadership capacities, stewarding this important organization into the future.
Bruce Levine taped a brief interview for a program called "Law and Disorder" on WBAI-Pacifica radio, based in NYC (99.5 FM) re: the new "Lincoln" film and the historical reality it's meant to portray. It aired today (Wednesday) at 9AM on WBAI and throughout the week on 50 affiliate stations, and also on the web at www.lawanddisorder.org <http://www.lawanddisorder.org/>
Craig Koslofsky's book, Evening's Empire, which is listed among The Atlantic's Books of the Year 2012, has been listed in the 15 best books reviewed in The Atlantic or published in 2012: for the Top 5 and the 10 Runners Up, see http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/11/books-of-the-year-2012-the-top-5-and-the-runners-up/265460/
For all those interested in the brave new world of online teaching, please check out Terri Barnes's blogpost on Coursera, just published in South Africa. http://openuct.uct.ac.za/blog/coursera-not-panacera
We are pleased to share the news that Bruce S. Hall (PhD 2005), who now teaches at Duke University, is the co-winner of the AHA Martin A. Klein Prize in African History in 2012 for his book, A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Congratulations, Bruce!
Adrian Burgos' article on Jackie Robinson for The Progressive was recently published.
Fred Hoxie has been named the winner of this year's American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition for his many years of advancing the field of American Indian history, through publications, commitment to helping Native and other students in the field, and through service that includes working with tribal communities. His award will be given on October 7 at the annual meeting of the Western History Association.
Kristin Hoganson has been awarded the 2012 Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Western History Association for her article, "Meat in the Middle: Converging Borderlands in the U.S. Midwest, 1865-1900," Journal of American History (2012).
FRIENDS OF HISTORY EVENT. The History Department's first annual graduate research symposium and Friends of History lecture will take place Friday, September 21 From 3:30-5, in 213 Gregory Hall, advanced PhD students will share the results of their research and discuss the research and writing process. A reception will follow. The FOH lecture will be given by Professor Jim Barrett at 7:30 in 100 Gregory Hall, on the topic: "The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multi-Ethnic City." Both events are free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff members, and all friends of history are cordially invited to attend both events.
Randy Dills (PhD 2010) has accepted a tenure-track position in Russian history at the University of Louisville.
James Barrett has been named a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a Visiting Professor of History at Osaka University for this summer. He will be presenting papers at the Universities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hokaido. "Japan Society for the Promotion of Science"
Elaine Sampson, our Office Manager/Graduate Studies Contact, retired on June 29, 2012. Congratulations Elaine!
Jan Langendorf's Retirement Party (opens in a new window)2 (opens in a new window)3was May 30, 2012. She will be greatly missed in the History Department office.
Leslie Reagan has garnered a new prize for her already-much-honored Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America. She has been awarded the Arthur J. Viseltear Award, given each year by the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association to an historian for outstanding contributions to the history of public health.
Mark Micale has been selected as a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher-Scholar for 2012-13. This is a recognition of Mark's achievements as both classroom teacher and scholar, and he will retain the title Distinguished Teacher-Scholar for the duration of his university career. The award will also engage him in specific duties next year on behalf of the university teaching mission.
Here is the link to Ken Cuno's interview yesterday, “Current Events in Egypt,” on WILL AM’s Focus 580 program, May 30, 2012. http://will.illinois.edu/focus/interview/focus120530a
A Minute with Kenneth Cuno can be viewed at http://illinois.edu/emailer/newsletter/24260
The 2012 edition of History at Illinois (opens in a new window)2 can be viewed here.
Evan Murphy has won a Fulbright for AY 2012-2013. The fellowship will support Evan's dissertation research on "Agricultural Science, Colonial Modernity, and Rural Egypt, 1882-1922."
Sally Heinzel has been selected to receive the The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) Illinois Society's annual scholarship! The scholarship will support Sally's dissertation research on "Emancipation in a Free State: The Politics of Race in Illinois, 1848-1890."
Maria Galmarini has recently accepted a position as an assistant professor of Russian history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Rosemary Admiral has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship as well as an SSRC IDRF!! The fellowship(s) she accepts will support her dissertation research on "Approaching Islamic Law: Women, Gender and Law in Morocco, 1310-1465."
Anca Mandru has won an SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship. The SSRC will support Anca's archival research in AY 2012-2013. Her project is titled "'Socialism of Sentiment': Culture, Progress and Community in the Early Romanian Left (1870-1914)."
Stefan Peychev has won a fellowship from the American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS) for the next academic year.
Here are some highlights from Celebrating History at Illinois(Reception & Awards Ceremony).
The Honors Colloquium 2012 took place Saturday, March 21, 2012 at the Levis Reading Room.
Ryan Jones has accepted a one-year faculty fellow position at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Friends of History met in the Levis Music Room on Saturdaym March 21, 2012.
Derek Attig has been named a 2012 Google Policy Fellow. Each of the 2012 Fellows will spend 10 weeks this summer at a host organization <http://www.google.com/policyfellowship/hosts.html> working on Internet and technology policy issues including free expression, privacy, security, and intellectual property. Derek will spend the summer in Washington DC working with the American Library Association's Office of Information Technology Policy.
Rosemary Admiral has won a grant from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) for 2012-2013. The fellowship will support research on her dissertation titled, "Approaching Islamic Law: Women, Gender and Law in Morocco, 1310-1465."
Perzavia Praylow has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of History at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA. She will join the faculty there as assistant professor of American history in the fall of 2012.
Derek Attig has won the IPRH graduate student Prize for Research in the Humanities. Derek's paper is titled “’A Place Dedicated to Quiet’: The End of Library Segregation and the Ordering of Public Space.”
Highlights of the 2012 Women Gender History Symposium (opens in a new window)
Ashley Howard has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of History at Loyola University New Orleans.
Brian Ingrassia's (PhD 2008) book, The Rise of the Gridiron University: Higher Education's Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football is just out from University Press of Kansas.
Bao Bui has just won a General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant for 2012. The grant will support Bao's research at the U.S. Army Military History Institute (MHI) of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC). Bao's dissertation is titled "'I Feel Impelled to Write': Social Networking and the Culture of Letter-Writing during the Civil War."
Anna Jacobs has been awarded the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the academic year 2012-13. The fellowship will support Anna as she writes her thesis titled "Companions: Knowledge, Intimacy, and Empire in British Arctic Exploration, 1818-1859."
Stefania Costache has been awarded the Alison Frantz Fellowship from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for next academic year.
Fedja Buric has accepted an offer from Bellarmine University for the tenure-track position in modern European history
Scott Harrison has won a DAAD fellowship for AY 2012-2013. Scott will spend time in Berlin, Dresden, and Leipzig researching his dissertation titled "Sex under Socialism: Gender, Sexuality, and Everyday Life in the German Democratic Republic and Beyond, 1961-1995."Lance Lubelski has also won a DAAD fellowship that will fund research on his dissertation, "Female Caregivers, Healers, and Their Medical Networks in Sixteenth-Century Germany." Lance will spend the year as a fellow at the Institute for the History of Medicine/Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart.
We are delighted to announce that a book co-authored by our PhD/MD student, Kristen Ehrenberger, along with a neuroscience professor, neuroscience graduate student, and anthropology graduate here on campus (now there is Intersection for you!) has just been released by MIT Press.Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation: Analogous Processes on Different Levels is an interdisciplinary monograph that offers a unified theory of memory formation. Lillian Hoddeson had a big hand in getting the project off the ground.
Our own Scott Bartlett, History Academic Advisor, received the much coveted LAS Academic Professional Award for 2011-2012, March 1, 2012. Join us in congratulating Scott for this achievement!LAS Staff & Academic Professional Awards 2012
If anyone would like to learn more about the project, we will be presenting a (the!) poster at the Modern Brains: Literary Studies and the Cognitive Sciences conference tomorrow/Friday, March 8, from 5-5:30pm at the I-Hotel.
Kerry Pimblott has been named by the LAS Awards Committee as the recipient of the 2011-2012 Lynn Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers, an award intended to honor and reward individuals for their exceptional achievement in undergraduate teaching.
Jeffrey Ahlman (PhD 2011) has just accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of African History in the Department of History at Smith College. Jeff is currently completing a post-doc at the Center for Africana Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.
History Department recipients of fellowships from the Illinois Program for Research in Humanities for 2012-13 are grad students Diana Georgescu, David Greenstein, and Stephanie Seawell. Faculty fellows are Kathy Oberdeck and David Roediger.
Eugene Avrutin and James Brennan have both been awarded Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships by the ACLS. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, these fellowships support advanced assistant professors in the humanities and related social sciences.
Clare Crowston has been awarded an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship to support her project, "Learning How: Apprenticeship in France, 1675-1830," for 24 months beginning in July 2012.
Congratulations to Craig Koslofsky, whose book, Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe, was awarded the Longman History Today Prize January 11, 2012 in London for the best first or second book in history published in 2011. Judges described the book as "methodologically bold and brilliantly original." More details about the prize can be found at: http://www.historytoday.com/blog/2012/01/pictures-history-today-awards-party2
Craig Koslofsky's Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe, has been shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year for the best first or second book in history. The winner from among the six finalists will be announced in London on January 12, 2012.
Professor Ronald P. Toby has been awarded the inaugural 2011 National Institutes for the Humanities Prize in Japanese Studies, for outstanding contributions to Japanese studies by a foreign scholar. He received this honor "For his significant scholarly contributions to research in the history of early modern Japanese foreign relations, including his re-examination of the so-called 'seclusion' system; for his work in the United States as an educator fostering the development of younger Japan scholars; and for his career-long accomplishments in deepening understanding of Japan and in the advancement and promotion of Japanese studies abroad."
Leslie Reagan has won the 2011 Joan Kelly Prize for her book, "Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America".
Recently released article in Fermilab Today concerning Lillian Hoddeson's recent APS awards and her work. http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive_2011/today11-10-24_Lillian HoddesonReadMore.html2
Prof. Adrian Burgos appeared on the Tuesday, October 5, 2011 broadcast of "Michael Eric Dyson Show," talking about his latest book "Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball." It can be found online at http://dysonshow.org/4 with local affiliates listed at http://dysonshow.org/?page_id=75.
Lillian Hoddeson, emeritus professor of history, has just been named the winner of the 2012 Abraham Pais Prize for the History of Physics, awarded by the American Physical Society for outstanding scholarly achievements in the history of physics. She will be honored and give a prize lecture at the April 2012 annual meeting of the Society in Atlanta.
Congratulations to Diane Koenker on her recent election as Vice President/President Elect of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2012-2014). The recently renamed ASEEES (formerly AAASS) will benefit greatly from her leadership, organizational skills, and vision.
Check out Craig Koslofsky's interview on Focus 580 (WILL-AM) with Carol Spindel, about his new book, Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe. You can listen to the podcast on http://will.illinois.edu/focus/#
The History Department's latest History@Illinois Spring 2011
Our very own Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has received the Honorable Mention Award for Best Chapter (Division VI) from this national honor society for students of history. This is the result of initiatives undertaken by last year's PAT Executive Board, and especially by President Paul Slifer, '11. But it also reflects years of hard work, farsightedness, and dedication by PAT leaders. Hearty congratulations to all PAT members -- past, present, and future!
Carol Symes has been named as the Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar by the Dean of the College of LAS. This position was awarded for Carol's outstanding achievements in research and teaching.
Food and friendship were enjoyed by all at the Annual Chair's Reception in Crystal Lake Park on August 21, 2011.
Check out Adrian Burgos' appearance this past weekend on Tiger's Live pregame show talking Latinos and baseball history as part of Detroit Tigers' Fiesta Tigres events.
Ken Cuno was interviewed on WCIA concerning the U S position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Adrian Burgos will be presenting a book talk on his new book "Cuban Star" on Thursday, June 9 from 5 PM to 6 PM at the Illini Union Bookstore during their Off the Page Summer Book Festival.
Highlights from 2011 History Awards Banquet
The History Department's latest History@Illinois Spring 2011
Elizabeth Pleck Retirement Party at the Bruce Levine home.
Adrian Burgos appeared on WGN's "White Sox Warm Up" pregame show this Saturday, April 30 to talk about the 60th anniversary of Orestes "Minnie" Minoso, the first black player for White Soxs. Pompez is the subject of Burgos' just published book "Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball," and was featured on NPR's "What We're Reading" http://www.npr.org/2011/04/27/135745234/what-were-reading-april-26-may-2?ps=cprs
Ralph Mathisen's Podcast interview concerning The Journal of Late Antiquity can be heard by clicking this link.
"A Minute with Bruce Levine" can be found at The American Civil War
"A Minute with Adrian Burgos" can be found at Latinos in Major League Baseball
WILL Focus 580 with Ken Cuno and Asef Bayat on current events in Egypt
WILL Focus 580 with Ken Cuno and Asef Bayat on current events in Egypt
Retirement Celebration of Professors Caroline Hibbard and Lillian Hoddeson.
Investiture of Professor Lillian Hoddeson for the Thomas Siebel Chair in the History of Science.
Winners of the inaugural IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities: Professor Leslie J. Reagan and Graduate Student Tyler Carrington
Congratulations to Antoinette Burton on being named a 2010 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Read David Roediger's New Yorker Review of How Race Survived History in Kelefa Sanneh's "Beyond the Pale: Is White the New Black?"
Friends of History Faculty/Alumni Event: "Word Warriors: Native Americans and the Making of the United States History" with Professor Frederick E. Hoxie