of the Department of History of the
University of Illinois at Chicago
SPECIAL Post-AHA Edition
On Saturday, Jan. 4, UICs History Department hosted a well-attended
reception for friends and alums in the suite of Prof. LEON FINK, chair
of the Local Arrangements Committee of this years AHA Convention.
Along with a sizable contingent of faculty, grad students, spouses, emeriti
and friends, veterans of History at UIC who were present included Debbie
White (Rutgers), Roger Biles (East Carolina), Kurt Leichtle (UW River
Falls), Les Tischauser (Prairie State), Dominic Pacyga (Columbia College),
Mary Todd (Concordia U.), Greg Schneider (Emporia State), Ed Behrend-Martinez
(Clarion U., but see below), Marian Rubchak (Valparaiso), Virgil Krapauskas
(Chowan College), and Ben Harshman (Illinois Institute of Art). Spotted
at the convention were Hasia Diner (NYU), Margaret Power (IIT), Paul Buelow
Missing from these precincts but spotted hard at work by your enquiring
reporter in the National Archives later in the week was Dave Beck (U.
The contributions of these and others in the scholarly business of the
convention are detailed below.
Prof. MICHAEL ALEXANDERs book, The Case for the Prosecution in
the Ciceronian Era, has just been published by University of Michigan
Prof. EDWARD BEHREND-MARTINEZ (Ph.D., 2002) has accepted a tenure-track
position at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. He gave a
paper at the AHA on The Limits of Domestic Patriarchy in an Early
Modern Spanish Court.
Prof. PAUL BUELOW of Butler University (UIC Ph.D., 1997) gave a paper
at the AHA on Teaching World History Using World Maps: Inculcating
Prof. FRED BEUTTLER (Adjunct and Office of UIC Historian) presented a
paper at the AHA on "Making America Protestant, Catholic and Jewish:
'Spiritual Federalism' and America's Third Democratic Faith."
Prof. ELSPETH CARRUTHERS chaired a panel at the AHA on New Perspectives
on the Medieval Peasantry.
Prof. PETER DAGOSTINO (History and Catholic Studies) gave two papers
recently: Lonely and Stubborn: Father Giuseppi Ciarrocchi, an Anti-Fascist
Priest, at the American Italian Historical Association conference
in October; and Unwop the Wops: The Fascist States
Role in Italian American Anti-Defamation in Chicago at the recent
AHA convention. And most importantly, he notes, he married Mary Mapes
on Sept. 7, 2002.
On Nov. 20, Prof. JOHN DEMILIO did a reading from his essay collection,
The World Turned, at 57th Street Books. In January he gave the
keynote address at a conference held at Smith College: "Homeland
Insecurities: Civil Liberties, Repression, and dsCitizenship in the 1950s."
Prof. HASIA DINER of NYU (UIC Ph.D., 1975) presided at a joint American
Conference for Irish Studies/AHA panel on Women Religion and Power:
Reexamining Gender, Culture, and Community in Modern Ireland.
Prof. PERRY DUIS appeared multiply in the PBS/American Experience three-part
documentary series, Chicago: City of the Century, which was
first aired January 13-15.
Prof. RICK FRIEDs cumbersomely titled chapter Voting Against
the Hammer and Sickle: Communism as an Issue in American Politics,
appears in William H. Chafe, ed., The Achievement of American Liberalism:
The New Deal and Its Legacies (Columbia Univ., 2003).
CHERYL R. GANZ, Ph.D. candidate, presented "The Hull-House Kilns:
Between Worlds for Mexicans in Chicago in the Great Depression" at
the AHA Convention.
Prof. LAURA HOSTETLER participated in a History of Science workshop at
Princeton: "Science Across the Seas, Part 1: Global Science and Comparative
History: Jesuits, Science and Philology in China and Europe, 1550-1850"
on December 6, 2002.
On Nov. 14, Prof. RICHARD JOHN appeared on WGNs Extension
720 regarding the new textbook, Inventing America. In December
he gave a seminar at the Newberry Library on "Rich Man's Mail: Western
Union's Gilded Age."
Prof. VIRGIL KRAPAUSKAS (UIC Ph.D., 1998) was appointed Interim Department
Chair at Chowan College.
Prof. ROBERT JOHNSTON, newly arrived on campus, reports that his upper-elementary/middle-school
U.S. history textbook, The Making of America (National Geographic)
was named one of the 60 best children's books of 2002 by the School
Library Journal. He notes that his forthcoming book (see the November
GNB for the major prize of the Social Science History Association which
it won) will have blurb from no less than Ralph Nader.
Prof. EDWARD JURKOWITZ has published an article, "Helmholtz and the
Liberal Unification of Science," in Historical Studies in the
Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 32, part 2 (2002).
Prof. SUSAN B. LEVINE commented on a panel at the AHA on Creating
the Cost of Living: Consumption and American Political Economy.
On Nov. 13 Prof. DEIRDRE McCLOSKEY was featured (with photo) in the Chicago
Tribunes WN/Woman News section in an article Life on the
Dr. ANTHONY R. MARAVILLAS (Ph.D., 2002) has an article Nixon in
Nixonland in the Summer 2002 issue (v. 84) of the Southern California
Prof. JOHN MORELLO (Ph.D., 1998) of DeVry University headlined a one-day
seminar in October for high school teachers in the western and southern
suburbs on the teaching of the Vietnam War.
Prof. DOMINIC PACYGA's book, Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago,
Workers on the South Side, 1880-1991, originally published by Ohio
State University Press (1991) will be reissued with a new Forward by University
of Chicago Press next fall. Dominic (Ph.D., 1981) was triply busy at the
recent AHA. He gave two papers: The Murder of Alvin Palmer: Polish
Americans, Assimilation, Juvenile Delinquency, and Racial Violence in
1950s Chicago. for Polish American Historical Association Annual
Conference; and "Crossing the Boundary between Academia and the Neighborhood:
Steel Mills, Stockyards, Bungalows, and the Public Historian." He
also took part in a session for graduate students on interviewing in the
POWER (UIC Ph.D., 1997) of IIT recently published two(!) books. Her Right-Wing
Women in Chile: Feminine Power and the Struggle against Allende, 1964-1973
came out in June under the Penn State Press imprint. She co-edited Right-Wing
Women around the World: From Conservatives to Extremists, which Routledge
brought out last August. She presented a paper at the AHA convention on
North Americans and Chile: Building and Sustaining a Transnational
Solidarity Movement (at a session presided over by former UIC colleague
Prof. Mary Kay Vaughan).
(and Historian of the House of Representatives) BOB REMINI will have will
have a chapter of his new book, Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars,
published in the June issue of American Heritage. (The book comes
out in July.)
MARIAN RUBCHAK (UIC PhD 1987) has been promoted to (full) professor of
history at Valparaiso University. She also recently published her edition-translation
of S. M. Soloviev, Religious Struggle in Poland-Lithuania in the Reign
of Tsar Alexis (1654-1676) (Academic International Press, 2002).
Dr. RIMA LUNIN SCHULTZ (Interim Director, Urban Experience Web Site Project)
participated on a panel on Public History Projects in and about
Chicago at the AHA Convention.
A chapter by Prof. DAN SMITH, Surnames and the Structuring of Community
in Massachusetts Towns in 1771" appears in David Postles, ed., Naming,
Society and Regional Identity (Oxford, Eng.: Leopards Head Press,
Prof. PEG STROBEL (Adjunct and Director of Jane Addams Hull House Museum)
chaired a session on Mexicans, Reformers, and the Hull-House Kilns,
1920-1940 at the AHA Convention. With Rima Lunin Schultz she made
a presentation on Writing Women Building Chicago, 1790-1990:
A Biographical Dictionary
Grad student BENN WILLIAMS, currently Doctorant associé at
the Institut dhistoire du temps présent (CNRS), was the invited
respondent to Patrice Betbeder's presentation "Dénoncer à
Paris sous loccupation: quelques pistes de recherche"
in the History of the Second World War Research and Teaching Seminar at
the aforesaid Institut in November.
Professor JACKIE WOLF of Ohio University (UIC PhD 1998) just received
a contract from the Johns Hopkins University Press for her second book,
Birth Pangs: A Social History of Obstetric Anesthesia.
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