BU History PhD Anne Blaschke, now a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross, co-wrote an article in The Washington Post‘s “Made By History” section. The article historically contextualizes the 1991 Anita Hill testimony at the Senate confirmation hearings of current Justice Clarence Thomas, asking whether we’ve really learned from Hill’s experience given the current political tension and gender politics around Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. The article, titled “The Kavanaugh allegations show what we have–and haven’t–learned from Anita Hill,” is available to read at The Washington Post‘s website here.
Professor Cathal Nolan has been awarded the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History (formerly the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize), for The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). The Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History at the New York Historical Society is a $50,000 prize co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the New-York Historical Society. Each year, the award recognizes the best book on military history in the English-speaking world distinguished by its scholarship, its contribution to the literature, and its appeal to both a general and an academic audience. The prize will be given out at an event to be held at the New York Historical Society in NYC on Nov. 26th.
The press release is available to read at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s website.
Professor Benjamin Siegel will speak at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University on Monday, September 24th from 4-6 pm. The event celebrates the release of Professor Siegel’s new book Hungry Nation: Food, Famine, and the Making of Modern India.
BU History Ph.D. Patricia Peknik, currently Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at Berkeley College of Music, has published her first book, French Louisiana Music and Its Patrons: The Popularization and Transformation of a Regional Sound. Based on her 2015 dissertation, the book analyzes the remarkable odyssey of French-language music created by the descendants of Acadian and Afro-Caribbean migrants. In particular, Peknik reconstructs the ways that, from the first recordings in the 1920s to the transformation of the genre by the 1970s, the spread of this regional sound was driven by local, national, and international elites who saw the music’s traditions and performers in the context of larger social, political, and cultural developments, including the folk revival and the civil rights and ethnic revival movements. Peknik illuminates how the music’s history and meaning were interpreted by a variety of actors who brought the genre onto a national and global stage, revealing the many interests at work in the popularization of a regional music.
Agnes Burt recently presented her paper, “‘Women will resent such an infringement’: The Married Women’s Property Acts and Tax Resistance in the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage,” at the 27th Annual Women’s History Network Conference, held at Portsmouth University, United Kingdom.
BU History PhD candidate Seth Anderson was awarded a short term travel grant to conduct research at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Travel Research in Equity Collections grant is awarded to researchers “to come to the Museum and use the Archives Center’s 20,000 feet of archival materials. This 10-day award is intended for research in NMAH collections related to one or more of the following: disability; LGBTQ, gender, sexuality; and race, ethnicity.”
Professor Linda Heywood’s most recent book Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen was translated into French and released last week by French publishing house La Découverte. Coinciding with its release, the weekly news magazine L’Obs published a review of the book by Christiane Taubira, the former French Minister of Justice.
The African American Studies Program at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, beginning July 1, 2019, pending budgetary approval. This position will be joint between the Department of History and the African American Studies program, and we seek a colleague whose scholarship focuses on African American experiences, with a particular ability to teach courses on the modern United States. Areas of specialization are open. Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Candidates must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the date of appointment. Initial applications should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11691 and include 1) a cover letter describing your teaching and research interests and professional experience addressed to Professor Louis Chude-Sokei, Chair, Search Committee; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) two samples of your scholarly writing; and 4) three letters of reference, sent directly by your referees. Review of applications will begin October 5, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held via Skype. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Associate Professor of British History Arianne Chernock was interviewed in ABC’s two part television series The Story of the Royals, which aired August 22nd to 23rd on ABC primetime.
We are delighted to announce the schedule for the 2018-2019 BU American Political History seminar series. It’s an exciting lineup. The seminar meets at 12:20 PM in room 504 at 226 Bay State Road.
See the Seminar Series Flyer for further details.