Faculty News & Awards 2016–2017

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The Chapter of the Professor Bronisław Geremek Prize has named the prizewinners for 2016. The main prize is awarded by the Chapter for an outstanding academic book in the field of European civilization and history. A prize is also awarded annually for an outstanding first academic book in the same field. On 22 November 2016, the Chapter voted to award this year’s main prize to Konrad H. Jarausch for his book Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century, published by Princeton University Press.

2016 Hans Rosenberg Book Prize Winner Announced

Hagemann-216x3009780521152303Karen Hagemann received the 2016 Hans Rosenberg Book Prize for Revisiting Prussia’s Wars Against Napoleon: History, Culture and Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Revisiting Prussia’s Wars is a sweeping history of the Anti-Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath in 19th-century German memory. Skillfully combining political, military, cultural, and gender history, the book contributes to a new understanding of the importance and changing resonances of the Wars across a century and the upheavals of war, restoration, revolution, and national unification. Revisiting both revives serious analysis of the Napoleonic Wars and examines them from a new perspective (political culture) using new tools of analysis, including gender and memory studies.  Hagemann was perhaps uniquely placed to accomplish the massive undertaking of Revisiting, which is a culmination of a career devoted to researching and rethinking the Napoleonic Wars and pioneering, in the process, the synthesis of political, military, and gender history.The book will be important in German historiography as an original synthesis and encyclopedic resource for the study of the 19th century and German memory culture in particular.

Upcoming 13th Annual African American History Month Lecture

The speaker for this years event is Brenda Stevenson. She is a Professor of BStevensonHistory and African American Studies at UCLA and holds the Nickoll Family Endowed Chair in History.  Her intellectual interests center on the comparative, historical experiences of, and conflict among, women, family, and community across racial and ethnic lines.  Her areas of expertise include African American History, gender and family history, Atlantic World Slavery, and racial conflict.  She is the author of many scholarly articles.  Her book-length publications include: The Journals of Charlotte Forten Grimke (Oxford, 1989); Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (Oxford, 1997); The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins:  Justice, Gender and the Origins of the L.A. Riots (Oxford, 2013); and What is Slavery? (Polity, 2015).

The College of Arts and Sciences Recognized 12 New Distinguished Professors

distinguished-professors-2016The College of Arts and Sciences recognized 12 new distinguished professors at a reception Oct. 24 in Hyde Hall. “We are fortunate to have such extraordinary scholars and teachers on our faculty,” said Dean Kevin Guskiewicz, who presented framed certificates to the honorees.

Congratulations to Kathleen DuVal, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, one of the Professors recognized at the reception. DuVal is the author of several important books on American history and is a widely respected scholar. She teaches her students how to think like historians, demonstrating in the classroom how historians approach the past. Her book, Independence Lost, was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize.

Chad Bryant Discusses Recently Published Volume with WUNC’s “The State of Things”

walking_histories_coverWUNC’s “The State of Things” features Chad Bryant and Paul Readman, one of our colleagues from King’s College London, in which they discuss their recently published volume, Walking Histories: 1800-1914. In this conversation the authors discuss the ‘golden age of walking’ as well as ways in which walking can reveal much about protest, urban design, leisure, and labor, both then and now. Also co-edited by another colleague from King’s College London, Arthur Burns, and including an article by our own Iqbal Sevea, the publication represents one more iteration of a vibrant, university-wide collaboration between our two institutions. Click here to listen.

Katherine Turk Interviewed by New Books Network on Her Latest Book

15526Katherine Turk’s book Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) explores how women tested the boundaries of work place equality following the passing of the Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Turk examines multiple legal cases, union and industry conflicts that shaped the limits of sex equality falling short of fundamental change for working class women. Title VII was a powerful weapon that weakened the sex division of labor but was unable to overturn the white, male, breadwinner standard. Turk was featured in an interview with New Books Network, listen here.

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