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|Newsletter of the BU History Department
Prizes, Prizes, and More Prizes
History Department faculty brought home numerous prestigious awards during the Fall 2011 semester. Notable among them, Professor Jim Johnson’s new book, Venice Incognito, won the George L. Mosse Award of the American Historical Association. This award honors the year’s “outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance.” Meanwhile, Professor Arianne Chernock received the 2011 John Ben Snow Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies. Awarded annually for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies dealing with the period from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century, the prize committee praised Chernock’s book, Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism, for presenting “a new vision of the Enlightenment adoption of the philosophies of toleration and equality that finally brings the debate on women’s status among eighteenth-century intellectuals out of the shadows.” Also donning top hat and tails is Professor Jonathan Zatlin, the recipient of the Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies awarded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). The prize will be presented on December 13 at a black-tie affair in New York City.
Organizational Capabilities and the Rise of the New England Patriots
By Louis A. Ferleger
With football season in full swing, we asked the biggest fan on Bay State Road, Economic Historian Louis Ferleger, to apply his insight to his favorite team. . .
Introducing Department Secretary Justin Schreiber
“I am delighted to be joining the History Department. I graduated from Boston University in May 2010 with a BA in Business Management from SMG and a concentration in Marketing. In my previous job, I was a Junior Processor for a mortgage bank in Brookline, MA. I grew up in Danbury, CT, a small city about an hour from New York. I love watching hockey, especially the New York Rangers. I enjoy biking on the numerous paths in the Boston area, as well as learning how to cook and traveling whenever possible. While working for BU, I plan on exploring graduate-level courses, possibly working towards a degree in City Planning. I am very excited to be here in the History Department and I look forward to working with everyone!”
Senior Alyssa Winter at British Studies Conference
When Alyssa Winter (CAS’12) received an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program grant last summer to pursue independent research with Professor Chernock, she was not entirely sure where her work on UK higher education funding might lead her. Yet as she immersed herself in the literature on this subject, Alyssa became passionate about the debates surrounding higher education funding and developed a paper that explored its fraught history from 1945 to the present. Of her experience as a UROP grantee, Alyssa writes, “One of my favorite [aspects of the experience was] the sense of accomplishment gained from building my project out of what was once just a casual topic of interest to then being able to see it through to its completion…Performing research as an undergraduate is an excellent way to get that initial exposure to the world of academic research.” At summer’s end, Alyssa realized that there were still questions that she wanted to answer, so she decided to continue to develop her inquiry in the form of an honors thesis. She is now continuing to work with Professor Chernock on this project and has added a comparative dimension to her research by bringing the U.S. model of higher education funding into her analysis. In late October, Alyssa and Professor Chernock traveled together to the Northeast Conference on British Studies in Worcester, MA, where Professor Chernock chaired a panel and Alyssa gained a better sense of the historical profession. As Alyssa heads into her final semester at BU, she is looking forward to seeing her honors project come to fruition, and hopes to present her work at a conference, or perhaps even publish her findings in an undergraduate academic journal. Students interested in the UROP program should consult the UROP website. The deadline for summer applications typically falls in the late spring. Students interested in pursuing honors work as seniors should also note the History Department’s launch of a new honors program. As of Fall 2012, all history majors pursuing honors work will be able to enroll in History 401/402, a two-semester seminar that will guide students through the research and writing of an honors thesis. Please visit http://www.bu.edu/history/2011/10/05/history-announces-new-departmental-honors-program-for-2012-13/ for more information about this exciting new program.
|NEWS AND NOTES
From October 22 to 23, the Boston University International History Institute (IHI) held its first annual faculty/graduate student retreat at the BU Sargent Center Outdoor Camp in New Hampshire. While enjoying lovely fall scenery at the lakeside facility, faculty and advanced graduate students met for four unscripted and stimulating discussions exploring this year’s theme: “Empires.”
The newly refurbished Graduate Student lounge has now opened on the second floor of 226 Bay State Road.
History Concentrator Jacob Slutsky was recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Graduate student Jonathan Koefoed chaired and commented on a panel titled “Religion and the Intellect in the Revolutionary Era” at the New England Historical Association’s Fall Conference.
Professor Jim Schmidt was selected as a Bogliasco Fellow and will be in residence in at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Italy this coming February. He will use the residency to make the final revisions on a book, tentatively titled The Question of Enlightenment, that traces the history of debates about the nature, purpose, and implications of the Enlightenment between 1784 (the date of Immanuel Kant’s famous response to the question “What is enlightenment?”) and 1984 (the date of influential reflections on Kant’s answer by Jürgen Habermas and Michel Foucault). For more on Schmidt’s project, visit http://www.bu.edu/history/2011/11/02/prof-jim-schmidt-named-bogliasco-fellow-at-the-liguria-center-for-the-arts-and-humanities/.
Graduate Student David Mislin’s article, “‘Never Mind the Dead Men’: The Damnation of Theron Ware and the Salvation of American Protestantism,” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of the Historical Society. It is scheduled to appear in the journal’s December issue.
This semester also marked some important personal landmarks. On October 16, PhD student Stephen Argueta married Dr. Eric Perkins of Google Inc. The ceremony was held at Boston’s historic Church of the Covenant. Two weeks later, Robyn and Chris Seely announced the birth of their first daughter, Clara Emmy Seely. She was born at 1:47 p.m. on Sunday October 30, 2011. She weighed in at 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 19 and 3/4 inches long.
In November, the department organized the Global 1970s conference (http://www.bu.edu/history/2011/10/05/bu-to-host-global-1970s-conference/). Among the presenters was our own Jeffrey Rubin, who a delivered paper on Latin America: “From Che Guevara to Subcomandante Marcos: How Radical Priests, Indians, Feminists and Workers Transformed the Latin American Left in the 1970s.” Professor Rubin has also been awarded a Mellon-LASA grant from the Latin American Studies Association for his project, “Religion, Social Movements, and Zones of Crisis in Latin America.”
Come join us in the spring when we will host conferences on “Food and the City”(February 10–11) and “Religion and American Politics” (March 22–23).