Mark your calendars! On Thursday, October 15th, we'll have a Pizza Party/History Department Information Session, where you can learn more about the major, minor, Maymester programs, and other great opportunities. We'll gather at 5:30pm in Slavin 112 (The Fish Bowl), and pizza, soda, and sweet treats will be served. Hope to see you there!
We are very excited to once again kick off our "Making History" series. For those of you who don't know, it entails faculty lectures in the fall and a major undergraduate research conference in the spring. This year we were delighted to have Fr. John Vidmar start things off with a fascinating look into a little-known yellow fever epidemic in late nineteenth century Memphis. Thanks to all who attended, and stay tuned for more details on the next one!
Our department would also like to extend a hearty welcome to our recent addition, Dr. Alex Orquiza, who will be teaching classes in Modern American History and, of course, The Development of Western Civilization. Dr. Orquiza earned his doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University and has spent the last few years teaching at Wellesley College and Harvard University. We're lucky to have him on board!
Recent Faculty Accomplishments
Fred Drogula has had quite a year. He recently published Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire with The University of North Carolina Press, one of the top presses in his field. Drogula also published "Who Was Watching Whom: A Reassessment of the Conflict between Germanicus and Piso" in the American Journal of Philology in April. Last year he was selected as the winner of The Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award. The award is given out annually to the PC faculty member who "best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students' academic and personal growth." Furthermore, Dr. Drogula has also been serving faithfully as our Faculty Senate President. Great work, professor!
Dr. Patrick Breen will soon publish his groundbreaking book, The Land Shall be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt, with Oxford University Press. The book has already been chosen as an alternate in the highly selective History Book Club Series and was chosen for the Military and Library of Science book clubs. It may even come out as an audiobook in the near future. Congratulations, Dr. Breen!
Dr. Colin Jaundrill received a book contract from Cornell University Press for the publication of From Samurai to Soldier: Remaking Military Service in Modern Japan, 1841-1894. The book will be out sometime next year.
Professor Tobias Harper’s article, “Voluntary Service and State Honours in Twentieth-Century Britain,” was recently published in the June 2015 edition of The Historical Journal.
Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Weimer. Weimer’s “From Human Suffering to Divine Friendship: Meat out of the Eater and Devotional Reading in Early New England," will soon be published in Early American Literature, one of the top journals in the field.
Fr. John Vidmar’s Catholic Church through the Ages recently came out in a second edition from the Paulist Press.
Dr. Sharon Murphy received a competitive Abroad Teaching Grant Award from The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) to teach for six weeks next summer in Rome.
Congrats as well to Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, who was awarded a James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship at UCLA. His article, “Comrade Johns: Oregon’s Socialist Presidential Candidate,” will appear in the Winter 2015 issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly.
Finally, Dr. Edward Andrews recently published a short piece, titled “From Freedom to Slavery in Revolutionary Rhode Island,” an invited introductory essay for Cherry Bamberg, “Bristol Yamma and John Quamine in Rhode Island,” in Rhode Island History.