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BU History Faculty in the ACLS Humanities E-Book Collection

January 21st, 2015 in Uncategorized


Seven current faculty members of the Boston University History Department had their monographs selected so far for inclusion in the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Humanities E-Book (HEB) online collection ( The collection contains approximately 4,300 books of high quality in the humanities, accessible through institutional and individual subscription, and inclusion of a title signifies its importance for the field of history and for the humanities more generally. Below is a list of the faculty and their books in this important online repository. Congratulations to our faculty!

Charles Capper

Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, New York, Oxford University Press, 1992, 2 vols.

Margaret Fuller:  Transatlantic Crossings in a Revolutionary Age, Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 2007.

James Johnson

Listening in Paris: A Cultural History, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1995.

James Mccann

People of the Plow: An Agricultural History of Ethiopia, 1800-1900, Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 1995.

Maize and Grace: Africa’s Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2005.

Eugenio Menegon

Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China, Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 2009.

Nina Silber

Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War, Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 2005.

John Thornton

Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Diana Wylie

Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa, Charlottesville, University Press of Virginia, 2001.

Professor Keylor’s Commentary: Anti-Semitism in France

January 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized

William Keylor, professor of International Relations and History, wrote a reflection on the scourge of anti-Semitism in France for the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.

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Professor Ferleger and Matthew Lavallee’s Market Basket article published by AlterNet

January 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Professor Ferleger and graduate student Matthew Lavallee recently had their article “The Triumph of Core American Values in the Epic Battle for a Grocery Store Chain,” published on  The piece describes this past summer’s Market Basket conflict, and illustrates why recognizing the contributions of workers is the key to success.


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Professor Rabinovitch’s article “Don’t blame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Muslim anti-Semitism in France” published in Haaretz

January 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized

BU Professor of History Simon Rabinovitch had his article ”Don’t blame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Muslim anti-Semitism in France” published in Haaretz today.


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R. S. Deese’s *We Are Amphibians* Featured in “The Page 99 Test”

December 17th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Recent Ph.D. recipient and CGS lecturer of social science, Dr. R. S. Deese had his publication We Are Amphibians: Julius and Aldous Huxley on the Future of Our Species highlighted on the December 16, 2014 edition of “The Page 99 Test,”  a blog dedicated to reviewing works based on the content of page 99.


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History Department Commencement Date and Location Announced

December 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized

The History department 2015 convocation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 15 at 9am in the College of General Studies Auditorium (871 Commonwealth Avenue).


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Professor Siegel’s Article “Before Malala” Published in MRB

December 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Asst. Professor of South Asian History, Ben Siegel’s article, “Before Malala,” appeared in the Marginalia Review of Books on December 15, 2014.  The piece, an effort to place the work of this year’s Nobel laureate in historical context, portrays two centuries activism for women’s education and shows that “Malala is the latest in a long line of brave and creative Muslim South Asian women reformers.”

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Katie Brownell Promotes New Book “Showbiz Politics” on MSNBC

December 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Recent PhD and Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University, Dr. Katie Brownell, recently appeared on MSNBC touting her new book (a version of her BU doctoral dissertation) Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life.


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BUToday Article Highlights “Final Sale” Exhibit

December 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

On December 3, BUToday published an article highlighting the on-going Final Sale exhibit, now on display in the Rubin-Frankel Gallery at the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House.  The exhibit, part of the Economic Racism in Perspective series, “focuses on a small but diverse sample of Jewish businesses that operated in Berlin during the rise of the Nazis and on the effect of Nazi policies on individual lives.”  The BUToday piece also includes an interview with one of the event’s primary organizers, Professor Jonathan Zatlin.  Professor Zatlin “hopes that Final Sale will prompt members of the BU community to think about the ways racism affects American society today.”


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Remembering the Great War (1914-1918): A Centenary Symposium & Concert

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

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