GOOD NEWS BULLETIN
of the Department of History of the
University of Illinois at Chicago

MARCH 2002

JOBS: Three grad students report excellent news on the employment front.

LEE BAKER has a tenure-track position at Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati.

ANA MARIA KAPELUSZ-POPPI starts next fall, tenure track, at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

CHRIS YOUNG has a tenure-track position in the Department of History and Political Science at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Onto our regular news....

Prof. MICHAEL ALEXANDER appeared on Extension 720 on Feb. 21, discussing, "The Craft of the Historian."

Prof. ERIC ARNESEN reviewed Packinghouse Daughter by Cheri Register for the Feb. 17 Chicago Tribune Sunday Book Section.

Grad student LEE BAKER (see above) gave a paper titled "One Man, One Vote: The Impact of Electoral Reforms during the French Revolution on Local Elections," at the South Carolina Historical Association's Annual Meeting in Charleston during February. He defended his dissertation March 11.

Prof. RENATO BARAHONA has received a contract from the University of Toronto Press for the publication of his book, Sex Crimes, Violence, Honor and the Law in Early Modern Spain. While this has television possibilities as is, he takes this opportunities to ask for suggestions for shortening the title.

Adjunct Prof. FRED BEUTTLER is organizing the upcoming conference (April 12-13) on William James's Varieties of Religious Experience (along with Prof. Neal Grossman of Philosophy). The two have just been awarded a three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation which will support conferences and speaker series, each spring through 2004, on science and religion. This grant will partially fund the James conference.

PAUL BUELOW (Ph.D., 1997) has been since September an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the National College of Education, National-Louis University in Chicago. His teaching field is social studies. Last year he began collaborating with a retired physician on a biographical-bibliographical dictionary of medical self-experimenters (something he had done himself earlier in his life). The book is under contract with Greenwood Press.

Grad student EDWARD BEHREND MARTINEZ will give a paper, "Domestic Violence and Its Clerical Mediation: Evidence from an Early Modern Church Court,1650-1750," at the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies in Athens, Georgia, in April. In May he will present "An Andalusian attempts to reform the Basque clergy: Pedro de Lepe Dorantes, Bishop of Calahorra and La Calzada, 1686-1700," at the Mediterranean Studies Association meeting in Granada. This venue establishes him as the winner of the editor's Envy Award for this newsletter.

LARRY ELDRIDGE successfully defended his dissertation on March 8.

Prof. STEVE FANNING presented three talks March 1 and 2, in the Grace Episcopal Church (Oak Park) Forum Series, on the general topic "Mysticism in Christian Life: Past & Present." He spoke on 'Jesus as Mystic and the Mystical New Testament Church,' 'Mysticism Throughout Christian History,' and 'Developing Your Mystical Sense.'

Grad student CHERYL GANZ has a busy spring, with three presentations: (1) "(En)gendering Progress through Visual Arts at World's Fairs, 1851 1933," at the Midwestern Art History Society Conference in Milwaukee in April. (2) "The Hull-House Kilns: Between Worlds for Mexicans in Chicago in the Great Depression," National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference in Chicago in March. (3) She will comment on "The Mexican Great Lakes Cultures: New Approaches, New Challenges" at the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, also in Chicago in March.

PEGGY GLOWACKI (MA, 1996), Assistant Director of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, is the curator of the new exhibit which opened March 5: "Bringing Art to Life: Women and the Arts at Hull-House," The exhibit is at the Montgomery Ward Gallery, 2nd floor, Chicago Circle Center, UIC.

Senior History major JANE GOLOMBISKY had her paper on "The Chicago Woman's Club" (based on a collection at Daley Library and written for History 300) selected for the Phi Alpha Theta regional history conference at Murray State University. She delivered it on February 23.

Prof. MEL HOLLI published "America's Best Mayor: Tom L. Johnson" in Timeline, a publication of the Ohio Historical Society.

Prof. KIRK HOPPE has a chapter, "Gender in Africa History," in Toyin Falola, ed., Africa 1885-1939 (Carolina Academic Press, 2002).

Prof. LAURA HOSTETLER has been asked to participate in a conference on the history of science at Princeton University in December 2002.

Prof. RICHARD R. JOHN has been awarded a Newberry fellowship for the 2002-3 academic year. In addition, he has received a research grant from the Stuart Rossiter Trust, a British charity that supports scholarship on the history of communications. His essay, "Recasting the Information Infrastructure for the Information Age" [in Chandler and Cortada, Nation Transformed by Information], has been translated into Spanish.

Grad student RAY LOHNE had two photographs in the February 2002 OAH Newsletter, including the cover photo.

Prof. SONYA MICHEL (History, Women and Gender Studies) is co-editor (with Rianne Mahon) of Child Care Policy at the Crossroads: Gender and Welfare State Restructuring (Routledge, 2002). She delivered the keynote lecture at a workshop entitled "Maternalism Reconsidered: Motherhood and Method in 20th-Century History," held at the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam on January 25-26. Michel's lecture was entitled "Maternalism and Beyond." The papers from the conference will be published in an edited volume by Berghan publishers, probably in 2003.

Prof. THOMAS MURPHY (Ph.D., 1997) reports from U of Maryland, Europe (Germany)that he has received a grant from the NEH to attend a 5 week summer institute at Penn State University titled "Landscape, Space and Identity in the Atlantic World." He is contributing a chapter focusing on the culture, origins and functions of the US political system to a political science textbook on comparative governmental systems to be published by Presov University Press, and will be used as a standard college textbook on comparative government for the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Grad student JOE O'NEILL will present a paper, "Fantastic Voyages: St. Brendan the Medieval Argonaut on an Odyssey of Faith" at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South at the University of Texas, Austin; April 4-6.

Prof. BARBARA RANSBY talked with Lani Guinier on WBEZ on Feb. 22 about the Harvard Law professor's new co-authored book, The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy.

Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary (Indiana University Press, 2001) was selected as a best reference source of 2001 by the editors of Booklist, an ALA publication. The book is the product of collaboration between the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the Chicago Area Women's History Conference. Co-editor RIMA LUNIN SCHULTZ now is interim director of the Near West Side website project housed at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. MARGARET (PEG) STROBEL, interim director of the Museum and Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and History, served as an associate editor. Many UIC History Department alums, graduate students, and faculty wrote entries for the dictionary.

Ben Whisenhunt (Ph.D., 1997), Professor at the College of DuPage, was recently appointed to the Committee on Education for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS).

Prof. JACKIE WOLF of Ohio University (Ph.D., 1998) recently gave two invited lectures: on "Obstetric Practice in U.S. History" before the Ohio University Women's Club on January 16th; and the annual Mary Theodoras Memorial Lecture for the National Osteopathic Women Physicians' Association on "Breastfeeding and the Media" on February 6th.

Please send future Good News to rmfried@uic.edu. There will probably be one more Bulletin before the Spring semester is over. For the archivally inclined, past issues of the GNB are available at the History Department's webpage.