Letter from the Chair
Historians at Work
Historians are almost always on the job, but often what they’re doing doesn’t look particularly exciting – at least not to an outside observer. But you can still catch them in action!
Professor Terri Barnes and an anthropologist colleague examine Neolithic stone inscriptions in Northumbria, England.
Please 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/#
Fred Hoxie recently testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, 23 June 2011.
Professor Diane Koenker (far right) meets for dinner with graduate students at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, after conducting a workshop on academic publishing in Slavic studies -- and specifically in the University of Illinois' own premier journal, the Slavic Review. Her colleague Terry Cox (University of Glasgow, third from right) is also on hand.
Ralph Mathisen poses with two distinguished colleagues at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England: Walter Pohl (University of Vienna) and Paul Fouracre (University of Manchester).
Adrian Burgos recently appeared on WGN's “White Sox Warm Up” pregame show, to talk about the 60th anniversary of Orestes “Minnie” Minoso, the first black player for White Sox. Pompez is the subject of his new book, Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball, which was featured on NPR's “What We're Reading.”
Professor Barnes documenting a more recent inscription in the parish churchyard of Wooler, England.
Listen to Ralph Mathisen’s Podcast podcast on starting the new, award-winning Journal of Late Antiquity.
Or catch his presentation on "The Myth of Black Confederates," which has been featured on several blogs and websites (http://cwmemory.com/2010/11/08/bruce-levine-on-black-confederates/). You can also watch his recent lecture on "Abraham Lincoln as a Revolutionary Leader," captured on C-SPAN (http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/296542-1).
Professor Kathy Oberdeck and graduate student Jason Kozlowski inspect archival photos of the historic strike by unionized workers at the Caterpillar plant in Peoria, Illinois.
Carol Symes practiced the medieval art of falconry on a recent visit to Scotland.