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Justin Pallenick (CAS ’16) and History Department Given Spotlight for September 2014 Edition of the Undeclared Student Newsletter

September 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized

This month, the CAS Undeclared Student Newsletter chose to spotlight Justin Pallenick (CAS ’16), a dual degree History and COM major who was formerly undeclared.  In the newsletter, Pallenick describes his experiences as an undeclared student, what brought him to the History Department, and how he is using the skills he has developed through his History courses.

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UPDATED LOCATION: “Wars of Conviction and the Cultural Legacies of War,” A symposium in honor of Professor Barbara B. Diefendorf

September 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized

diefendorf updated symposium flyer

Grad Student David Shorten Publishes Article on the Collapse of the Keynesian Consensus

September 23rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

BU Graduate Student, David Shorten, has recently published “What Happened to the Keynesian Consensus? A Historiographical Review,” appearing in  Essays in History.   Shorten’s article aims to “reevaluate the causal importance of economic motivations in bringing about the end of the Keynesian order and the rise of conservatism in the United States,” by reviewing historical literature on the rise of neoliberal economics in American politics during the last quarter of the twentieth century.

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Professor Nolan’s Review of Dawes’ ‘Evil Men’ Featured by Wall Street Journal

September 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Professor Cathal Nolan recently reviewed Evil Men, a work by Professor James Dawes (Macalester College) based on interviews with perpetrators of horrific atrocities, primarily Japanese Army soldiers and other personnel, during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45).  Professor Nolan’s review appeared in The Michigan War Studies Review on August 27, 2014 (link to full text:, and was extensively quoted in the Wall Street Journal‘s “Best of the Web Today” column, entitled “Formidable Faux?” (link to full text:

Grad Student Mark Kukis Publishes Op-Ed in Time Magazine

September 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Graduate student, Mark Kukis, recently published an Op-Ed that appeared in Time Magazine on September 12, 2014, entitled, “It’s a Huge Mistake to Back Rebel Groups.”  The piece describes the U.S. and Saudi Arabian governments’ support of Syrian anti-ISIS rebels, and discusses, historically, the problem with supporting these kinds of militant rebel groups.


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Grad Student Chris Conz Awarded Fulbright Student Grant

September 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized


Graduate student, Chris Conz, has been awarded a Fulbright Student Grant through the Institute of International Education, sponsored by the U.S. State Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Conz will use the grant to help fund his dissertation research in Lesotho, Africa.  He will be examining historical interactions in Qacha’s Nek district from 1880-1980, such as missionary education, colonial agricultural demonstrations, and rural development initiatives, to understand the ways in which Basotho people have produced environmental knowledge and applied this knowledge to use natural resources over time.  Please join us in congratulating Chris for this monumental honor!

PhD Graduate Richard Samuel Deese Publishes Book on Julian and Aldous Huxley

September 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Richard Samuel Deese (GRS ’07) will publish We Are Amphibians: Julian and Aldous Huxley on the Future of Our Species with the University of California Press this November.  We Are Amphibians, which is based on his dissertation, tells the story of two brothers who changed the way we think about the future of our species.  Deese is a lecturer in the College of General Studies at BU.


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Prof. Sarah Phillips participates in a roundtable review of *The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over the Earth’s Future*

September 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized

BU History Professor Sarah Phillips recently participated in a round table review of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over the Earth’s Future, by Paul Sabin (2013).  Professor Phillips’ comments, along with those of several other prominent environmental historians, were published in H-Environment Round Table Reviews.  Click here for full text article.

UHA Extends a Warm Welcome to Incoming BU Students

September 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized


UHA Eboard

From left: Sarah Newell, president; Thomas Pelkey, Vice President; Katie Rice, Treasurer; Sarah Mosher, Secretary; and Aiden Thomas, Public Relations Chair.

The Undergraduate History Association appeared at SPLASH on Nickerson field on the semester’s first Saturday. From their table topped with UHA posters and mailing lists, the club officers espoused information about the association and its activities to passerbys (mostly curious freshmen). Extending a warm welcome to not just History majors, but anyone with even a bit of an interest in the subject, the group invited these potential members to attend upcoming events such as trips to the Boston Athenaeum, a planned trip to New York City’s The Cloisters, and the UHA’s annual History Career Panel. The UHA looks forward to seeing those new faces on their trips and hopes to spark new interest in the educational and fascinating field of study.

The Marginalia Review seeks Undergraduate Interns and Graduate Editorial Assistant

September 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized


MRB internship poster