UIC History Department
GOOD NEWS BULLETIN
April 2003


This will be the last Bulletin until classes resume in the Fall. There is a lot to report in this number, including four, count 'em, four, books by members of the History Department, as well as a good deal more.

Late-breaking news: Prof. JAMES CRACRAFT is the winner (his third
time) of the Department's teaching award, the SHIRLEY A. BILL Award, for 2003.

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Prof. ERIC ARNESEN published "Consumed by Consumption" (a review essay on Lizabeth Cohen, A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America, Susan J. Matt, Keeping Up with the Jones: Envy in American Consumer Society, 1890-1930, and three other studies of consumption in modern America) in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Book section on April 20, 2003.

Prof. RENATO BARAHONA will present "When a Merchant Seduces: Society,
Gender and Business Letters in Seventeenth-Century Spain," at the July
conference of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies in
Madrid. He notes that while the Society has often met in a number of quaint
U.S. college towns, the site of this year's gathering is indeed worthy of
the famous expression that "solo Madrid es Corte" (freely translated:
"Madrid is the place to hang").

Prof. EUGENE BEIRIGER (UIC Ph.D., 1992) is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
at Barat College.

Prof. CHRISTOPHER R. BOYER's book, Becoming Campesinos: Politics,
Identity, and Agrarian Struggle in Postrevolutionary Michoacan, 1920-1935
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has just been published by Stanford University Press. He also gave talks
this year at the AHA's Committee on Latin American History, the Latin
American Studies Association, and Oxford University.

Prof. PERRY DUIS was the subject of the weekly "Profile" in the April 16
issue of UIC NEWS. He reported there that he now teaches the children of
students who took his Chicago History course in the good ol'
days.

The University of North Carolina Press has published Prof. LEON FINK's The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South.

The April 2003 issue of Technology and Culture will feature a book review
by grad student CHERYL R GANZ;s book review of Collecting Colonialism:
Material Culture and Colonial Change
by Chris Gosden and Chantal
Knowles.

Prof. MELVIN HOLLI spoke on "Ethnic Variety: Looking at 19th and 20th
Century European Immigrants in the multiply-sponsored Winter 2003 Lecture
series "Ethnic Du Page: The Changing Faces of the Region." He will take
part in a panel at Trinity Christian College in June on "The Dutch
Experience in Urban America." His The American Mayor (1999) was cited and
referred to in a March 9 Chicago SUN TIMES Sunday edition article on "City
Bucks Term Limits."

Prof. BRIAN HOSMER was a featured speaker at the CIC's Diversity Forum in
Urbana on April 7, 2003. He spoke on challenges in recruiting and retaining
American Indian students and faculty. Hosmer also is conference organizer
for the Fourth CIC American Indian Studies Graduate Conference, to be held
at the Newberry Library, April 25-26.

Prof. GEORGE HUPPERT will head for Berlin as soon as classes end for a
seminar he has been invited to give at the Meinecke Institut of the Free
University of Berlin.

On 4 April, Prof. RICHARD R. JOHN took part in a roundtable discussion on
"Political History: The State-of-the Art" at the annual meeting of the OAH
in Memphis. He spoke on "Political Economy." On April 23, he gave a lecture
for the communications department at the University of California at San
Diego on "Making Connections: Western Union's Gilded Age."

Prof. ROBERT JOHNSTON's award-winning book, The Radical Middle Class:
Populist Democracy and the Question of Capitalism in Progressive Era
Portland, Oregon, has been published by Princeton University Press.

Prof. Emeritus JOHN J. KULCZYCKI published "The Soviet Union, Polish
Communists, and the Creation of a Polish Nation-State," Russian History
(Histoire Russe), 29, Nos. 2-4 (Summer-Fall-Winter 2002). He also served
as a reveiwer of proposals for Fulbright Educational Partnerships Programs
administered by the Academy for Educational Development for the Department
of State, in Washington on April 4.

On March 21, Prof. RICHARD S. LEVY gave a guest lecture in the American
Jewish Committee''s Anti-Semitism 2003 Lecture Series on "The Protocols of
the Elders of Zion: The REAL Hoax of the Twentieth Century."


Prof GUITY NASHAT gave a talk entitled "Women's Activism in the Middle
East: A Historical Perspective," at a conference in Washington, D. C., on
"Women as Agents of Change in the Middle East," February 7. She
participated in a panel discussion on the war in Iraq on CLTV, Channel 10,
on March 11, 2003.

Prof. DOMINIC PACYGA (uic Ph.D. 1981) of Columbia College has been elected for
a three-year term to the Executive Board of the Immigration and Ethnic
History Society.

LEONIDAS PITTOS, who received his UIC BA in History (Honors) in 2001, has
been awarded a full four-year fellowship for his PhD in history (specialty
late Byzantine) at the University of Chicago. He completed a one-year
master's degree in social science at the U of C in May 2002 and has been
back at UIC this year taking courses for Illinois teacher's certification.

Prof. BARBARA RANSBY's book, Ella Baker and the Black Feedom Movement: A
Radical Democratic Vision
, has just been published by University of North
Carolina Press. Among positive blurbists for the book are Cornel West and
Lani Guinier

Prof. Emeritus ROBERT V. REMINI's lecture at the White House entitled
"Ordinary Heroes: Founders of Our Republic," was obliterated by the
snowstorm that hit Washington in March and has been rescheduled for May 1.

Grad student SARAH FRANCES ROSE gave a paper at recent OAH on "The Right to
a College Education? The GI Bill and Disability Rights at the University of
Illinois." In June, she will present a paper at the Society for Disability
Studies meeting in Bethesda, MD, entitled "No Right to Be Idle: Reformers,
Industrial Accidents, and the Idea of Disability."

Grad student AMY SCHNEIDHORST moderated a March 15th panel on the war in
Iraq at CCC. Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. was the featured speaker. She will
present a paper, "Women on the Other Side: The Impact of Women's
International Activism on Local Peace Movements, 1963-1965," at the Peace
History Society conference at Central Michigan University, April
25-27. (Prof. JOHN D'EMILIO will make the keynote address.) She will also
present a paper on a panel on the 1960s Antiwar Movement at the American
Studies Association annual meeting in October. As of this month, she is a
book review editor for the newly launched H-Peace.

Prof. JAMES SEARING (historian) and his wife PATRICIA HICKLING (curator)
opened an exhibition of photographs and paintings at UIC's African American
Cultural Center on April 3: "The Age of Elegance: Portraiture and Fashion
in Urban Senegal, 1900s-1950s." For the occasion the two principals
presented, respectively, "The Urban Context of Mor Gueye's Art" and
"Portraiture and Fashion in Urban Senegal." In February Cambridge
University Press published a paperback edition of Searing's West African
Slavery and Atlantic Commerce, 1700-1860
. He also published "No Kings,
No Lords, No Slaves': Ethnicity and Religion among the Sereer-Safen of
Western Bawol (Senegal), 1700-1914" in the Journal of African History, 43
(2002) and gave a lecture, "Islam, Capitalism, and Emancipation in Senegal"
at a one-day conference at Brigham Young University on February 20.

Prof. LES TISCHAUSER (Ph.D., 1981) of Governors State University has been
selected to attend a 4-week NEH Institute this summer at Harvard. The topic
is "The Civil Rights Movement." Leon Litwack is the coordinator.

Prof. CAROL TSANG has reviewed Lee Butler's Emperor and Aristocracy in
Japan, 1467-1680: Resilience and Renewal
in the upcoming issue of EARLY
MODERN JAPAN.


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