Associate Professor of History at Purdue University David Atkinson was interviewed in the Lafayette Journal & Courier on the history of white supremacy movements in the United States, especially in the context of the violent actions by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia over the past weekend. The interview is available at the Journal & Courier’s website here.
Professor Bruce Schulman contributed an op-ed, titled “The United States needs more bureaucracy, not less,” to The Washington Post‘s feature “Made by History,” in which historians are asked to provide perspective to current events. BU PhD Kathryn Brownell also acts as Managing Editor for the feature.
Professor Schulman’s article can be found at The Washington Post‘s website here.
As part of his research on the Europeans in Beijing in the 18th century, Professor Eugenio Menegon visited this summer the municipality of Druento, near Turin (part of the Dukedom of Savoy in the 18th century). This was the native town of the Meinardi (or Meynardi) family. The Discalced Augustinian Sigismondo Meinardi da San Nicola (1713-1767) spent almost 30 years at the Qing imperial court in Beijing as a clock and automaton maker, and wrote many letters to his brother Francesco, a lawyer and priest living in Druento with their mother. Menegon has traced so far 270 letters by Sigismondo in several archives in Italy, the Vatican and Sweden, and other documents about him in Paris and Beijing.
During the visit on June 23, the Mayor of Druento, Dr. Sergio Bussone, and the official in charge of cultural activities, Dr. Fabrizio Gadoni (see group picture), welcomed Menegon (BU) and fellow travelers Professors Benedict Cruz (Harvard) and Sergio Parussa (Wellesley), and led them in a brief tour of the local churches, the parish archives, the library and town archives. The visit was crowned by tasty Piedmontese fare at a local restaurant. The town hopes to sponsor the publication of Sigismondo’s letters to his family in the future, with Menegon’s assistance.
Visiting Assistant Professor of History at College of the Holy Cross and BU History PhD Anne Blaschke published an op-ed on Friday, July 7th in the Washington Post on the possible snub of the Golden State Warriors by President Trump and contextualizing the history of White House-athlete relationships since the Kennedy administration. The article, titled “Trump snubbed the Warriors. But the Warriors will come out on top.” can be viewed on the Washington Post website.
BU History Ph.D. Zach Fredman has won the second major award for his dissertation, “From Allies to Occupiers: Living with the U.S. Military in Wartime China,” the Betty M. Unterberger Prize from the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. The prize is awarded biannually for the best dissertation on any topic in United States foreign relations history. Zach, who also won the Coffman First-Manuscript Prize from the Society for Military History, will be a Dickey postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth in the Fall.
As featured in BU Today, two History professors have been awarded research fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year by the Boston University Center for the Humanities. Associate Professor Sarah Phillips is one of several Jeffrey Henderson Senior Research Fellows for the forthcoming year, during which Professor Phillips will work on her book, The Price of Plenty: From Farm to Food Politics in Postwar America. Assistant Professor Benjamin Siegel is a Junior Faculty Fellow and will be working on his book, The Nation in Pain: American Bodies and Indian Pharmaceuticals in an Age of Distress.
The Washington Post has launched a new feature—Made By History—in which a group of historians (including BU Prof. Bruce Schulman) offer historical perspective on the news. BU Ph.D. Kathryn Brownell serves as Managing Editor for the feature. For more info, click here.
PhD Candidate Dave Shorten and Professor Bruce Schulman participated in a session on “Rethinking the 1920s” at the annual meeting of HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century United States) at University College Dublin. Shorten presented a paper entitled, “The Legacy of Anti-League Arguments: The League of Nations and 1920s ‘Isolationism’ in Historical Memory,” while Schulman delivered “Uncle Sam, the Eye, and the Oscar: The Modern Media Landscape and the Associational State in the 1920s.”
The conference also featured presentations by two former BU-Cambridge Exchange Fellows, Kate Jernigan Ballantyne and Ruth Lawlor.
This month, PhD candidate Andrew Bell was selected as a Library Resident Research Fellow for the American Philosophical Society. The fellowship, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will allow him to conduct archival research in Philadelphia this summer.