GOOD NEWS BULLETIN
September 2001

This edition of the GNB was readied just prior to the horror of September 11. I decided that ours, however "good," was not a appropriate addition to the more important news which then inundated us. But we do go on, and perhaps now is the time for some good news, however modest in comparison. And so this represents the awakening of the GNB from its Summer hibernation. There is much to report.

Books. Last year proved highly productive in this category. Laura Hostetler, Katrin Schultheiss,, Eric Arnesen, Michael Perman, Steve Fanning, and Sander Gilman, published monographs. John D'Emilio, Burt Bledstein, Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska and Deirdre McCloskey produced edited works. Some of these (those not covered in previous scoops) are detailed below, as are books in other categories.

Promotions. Two former assistant professors, Laura Hostetler and Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

The History Department's Graduate Advisory Committee announced late last term the following awards and nominations to the Graduate College which were successful. Making choices among so many talented and well-qualified applicants proved an extraordinarily difficult task.

Dean's Scholar Award: Gwen H. McNamee

UIC Fellowships: Cheryl Ganz, Peter Ufland, Aaron Berkowitz, Jeffrey Helgeson, Sarah Rose

Abraham Lincoln Fellowship: Ted Aranda

Bentley B. Gilbert Award: Edward Behrend-Martinez

Robert V. Remini Award: Justin Coffey

Deena Allen Memorial Fellowship: Annette Chapman-Adisho

John B. & Theta Wolf Award: James Kollenbroich

Marion S. Miller Dissertation Fellowship: Carla Burnett, Josephine Faulk, Keith Green, Karl Wood

Leo Schelbert Teaching Award: Carla Burnett

The following grad students have won Provost's Awards for Graduate Research:

Prof. ERIC ARNESEN's "Portrait of an Outsider," a review of Hazel Rowley's Richard Wright: The Life and Times appeared in the Chicago Tribune Books on September 2, 2001. He was interviewed on WBEZ's 848 on May Day on his book, Brotherhoods of Color; he also spoke on that book in the Newberry Library's "Meet the Author" series in its Summer 2001 Public Program and on "The Limits of Protest: Race, Class, and American Railroaders in the 20th Century" at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in April. In March, he spoke on "Whiteness and Racial Identity in Recent American History" at the conference of CAAR, the Collegium for African American Research, on "Crossroutes: Meanings of 'Race' for the 21st Century," in Cagliari, Sardinia.

Grad student PAMELA BAKER received the King V. Hostick Award from the Illinois State Historical Library for dissertation research. Her article "The Washington National Road Bill and the Struggle to Secure a Federal System of Internal Improvement" was accepted by the Journal of the Early Republic for Fall 2002 publication.

Prof. BURTON BLEDSTEIN is co-editor (with Robert D. Johnston) of The Middling Sorts: Explorations in the History of the American Middle Class (NY: Routledge, 2001).

Grad student GARETH CANAAN's article, "'Part of the Loaf:' Economic Conditions of Chicago's African-American Working Class During the 1920's," appears in the Fall 2001 issue of the Journal of Social History.

Grad student JUSTIN COFFEY was awarded a research grant by the Rockefeller Archives Center (Pocantico Hills, NY).

Grad student BARBARA DOBSCHUETZ's article "Emma Dryer and The Moody Church: Gender and Proto-fundamentalist Identity" will appear in the Fall 2001 Fides Et Historia. She will present the paper "Louis Sullivan and the Moody Church: Creating Religious Space in Urban Chicago" before the American Academy of Church Historians, meeting in San Francisco in January 2002 in conjunction with the AHA.

Grad studemt ALY DRAME has joined the World Languages Division of Oak Park-River Forest High School as a part-time French teacher.

Prof. STEVEN FANNING's book, Mystics of the Christian Tradition, has been published by Routledge (2001).

Ph.D. Candidate CHERYL GANZ presented "Craft Knowledge Exchanged: Mexicans, Reformers, and the Hull-House Kilns" on the International Commission on History of Technology panel at the XXI International Congress of History of Science in Mexico City in July 2001.

Prof. WILLIAM A. HOISINGTON (emeritus) published an article, "Designing Morocco's Future: France and the Native Policy Council, 1921-24\5," in The Journal of North African Studies (Spring 2000).

Prof. MEL HOLLI published "The Founding of Detroit by Cadillac, a test of location theory and central place theory," in the Michigan Historical Review (Spring, 2001).

Prof. GEORGE HUPPERT's After the Black Death has been translated into Italian as Storia sociale dell'Europa moderna (Bologna: Societa' editrice il Mulino, 2001).

Prof. RICHARD R. JOHN edited a special issue of Business History Review (Spring 2001) on the history of computers and communications networks. It opened with his essay, "Rendezvous with Information? Computers and Communications Networks in the United States." He also published "Cinderella Reigns," Reviews in American History, 29 (June 2001). In March, he gave a paper on regulation of the telegraph industry at the Economic History Workshop at Harvard and Northwestern. In May and June, he lectured in Paris at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. In July he gave a paper in Baltimore at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) on "How Enterprise Became Private: Communications and Public Life in the 1840s." On July 4, he discussed the significance of the Declaration of Independence on Cliff Kelley's radio program on WVON. He is currently featured as a "talking head" at a newly mounted exhibit at the National Institutes of Health on "The Once and Future Web: Worlds Woven by the Telegraph and Internet."

Prof. DEIRDRE McCLOSKEY is the author and subject of Measurement and Meaning in Economics: The Essential Deirdre McCloskey, Stephen Thomas Ziliak ed., in the series "Economists of the Twentieth Century." published by Edward Elgar Publishing. She is also the author of a chapter in Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska's recent book (infra).

ANTHONY MARAVILLAS, (Ph.D., 2001), currently teaching at UIC, has an article "Nixon in Nixonland," which will appear in the Fall 2001 issue of the Southern California Quarterly.

Prof. JOHN MORELLO (Ph.D., 1998) of DeVry Institute has had his book, The Selling of the President: Albert Lasker, Advertising and the Election of Warren Harding, published by Praeger. He gave a paper on this topic at the Conference on Historical Advertising and Research in Marketing (CHARM) at Duke University in May.

Lexington Books (of Rowman & Littlefield) has published THOMAS MURPHY's (Ph.D.,1997) book, A Land Without Castles: The Changing Image of America in Europe, 1780-1830. Tom teaches at the U.S. airbase in Izmir but summered in Kosice, Slovakia. His book was the subject of an article in the May 9 Stars & Stripes (available on line).

GEORGE PABIS (Ph.D., 1996) is currently an Assistant Professor at Georgia Perimeter College. His chapter entitled, "Subduing Nature Through Engineering: Caleb G. Forshey and the Levees-only Policy, 1851-1881," appeared in the book New Orleans and Its Environs, edited by Craig Colten and published by University of Pittsburgh Press (2000). He presented a paper, "Teaching with Technology: Exploring Human Identity Through Image and Sound" at the annual meeting of the Georgia Historical Association in April, 2001.

Prof. MICHAEL PERMAN published Struggle for Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908 (University of North Carolina) in February.

WENDY PLOTKIN (Ph.D., 1999) left the Near West project in June. With that project, she wrote or edited sections on historical maps of Chicago and the Near West Side, photo essays on the the neighborhood, and oversaw the collection of documents and some photographs on African-Americans on the Near West Side. These will be available on the web later in the year. This year she is a Visiting Assistant Research Professor with the University Library, working on a Local Community Fact Book 2000 for Chicago, overseeing and editing the 170 narrative histories/descriptions of the 77 Chicago community areas and 100 suburbs and counties included in the Chicago Consolidated Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. This work is to be published by a university press, with plans for a WWW version. This summer, she participated in the NEH Institute "Popular Cartography and Society" at the Newberry Library.

Grad student AMY SCHNEIDHORST published an article, "Little Old Ladies and Dangerous Women: Women's Peace and Social Justice Activism in Chicago, 1961-1973" in the July issue of Peace and Change. This article is available electronically through ECO. She will also present a paper in a panel entitled, "Women's Activism and the Question of Visibility," at the Social Science History Association conference in November.

Prof. WILLIAM BENTON WHISENHUNT (Ph.D., 1997) has had his monograph, In Search of Legality: Mikhail M. Sparnskii and the Codification of Russian Law, published in the East European Monographs series of Columbia University Press.

Grad student BENN WILLIAMS has been awarded a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (tuition plus a stipend) for the coming academic year.

Grad student CHRISTOPHER YOUNG's, "'That Eye Is Now Dim and Closed For Ever': The Purported Image of Mary K. Goddard." was recently published in the Maryland Historical Magazine.

Prof. INA ZWEININGER-BARGIELOWSKA edited Women in Twentieth-Century Britain (London: Longman, 2001). She is also the author of two of the book's chapters plus the introduction