Professor Nina Silber recently appeared as the guest speaker for the all-school assembly at the Winsor School of Boston where she spoke about the current debate over Confederate monuments. For a more detailed summary of the assembly, visit the Winsor School of Boston’s website.
Professor Simon Payaslian presented a paper entitled “U.S. Foreign Policy and an Ethnic Community: The Case of the American-Armenian Community during the Cold War,” at the 12th British International Studies Association’s (BISA) U.S. Foreign Policy Working Group annual conference, September 21-22, 2017, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. For the conference program, please visit https://www.us-foreign-policy.com.
The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of the Department of History’s newsletter The Presence of the Past is now available to view online here.
For past issues of the newsletter, visit the History Department’s archives here.
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, BU Today discussed Diana’s lasting influence on the British monarchy and popular culture with Associate Professor of British History Arianne Chernock. The interview is available at BU Today here.
This month, PhD Candidate Agnes Burt will travel to London to conduct archival research for her dissertation, “Reforming the Married State: Women and Property after the Married Women’s Property Acts, 1870-1922.” Her dissertation asks how the extension of property rights to married women under the 1870 and 1882 Married Women’s Property Acts changed women’s economic positions within their marriages and, in turn, impacted the web of social and economic relationships that structured the lives of late-Victorian Britons. Agnes’ research trip is generously supported by multiple grants and awards, including a North American Conference on British Studies Dissertation Travel Grant, a Boston University Long-term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship, an Alice M. Brennan Humanities Award and Angela J. and James Rallis Memorial Award from the BU Center for the Humanities, and a BU Graduate Student Organization Research Grant. After finishing her research in London, Agnes will complete a fellowship as a W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library, in California.
After providing analysis in print media on the relevancy of the Civil War in current events over the last couple weeks, Professor Nina Silber also sat down for an interview with “The Codcast,” the podcast of Commonwealth Magazine, a publication in affiliation with MassINC, a Massachusetts-based think tank. In an episode titled, “Tipping point for Confederate statues,” Silber discussed the history of Confederate monuments, especially those put up several decades after the end of the war in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The episode is available to stream on SoundCloud here.
Prof. Silber Discusses Relevancy of Civil War in WaPo, Boston Globe, and Journal of the Civil War Era
Professor of American History Nina Silber offers reflections, in three separate venues, on the different ways the Civil War has been in the news in the last few weeks.
For the August 17th entry of The Washington Post‘s running blog, “Made by History,” Professor Silber wrote an op-ed titled “Worshiping the Confederacy is about white supremacy — even the Nazis thought so.” The post is available at The Washington Post website here.
On July 31st, Silber published a piece for the Journal of the Civil War Era‘s blog “Muster” on HBO’s announcement of its planned alternate history series Confederate. The piece, titled “The South Rises Yet Again, This Time on HBO” can be read online here.
Finally, Silber provided commentary on the presence of Confederate monuments in Boston and elsewhere in a piece in The Boston Globe on the Massachusetts government’s discussion of the removal of a Confederate memorial on Georges Island. Click here to read the piece, titled “State officials still undecided about fate of Boston’s only Confederate memorial” on The Boston Globe website.
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.