There is a great deal of news to report since last Spring. Headline bulletins
and late flashes to begin with, followed by an alphabetical listing of
news and its makers.
BEACH BOOKSSummer Reading (or
nearly so). Recent books from UIC History:
Prof. MICHAEL C. ALEXANDER, The Case for the Prosecution in the Ciceronian
Era (University of Michigan)
Prof. CHRISTOPHER R. BOYER, Becoming Campesionos: Politics, Identity,
and Agrarian Struggles in Postrevolutionary Michoacan, 1920-1935 (Stanford
Prof. JAMES CRACRAFT (and Daniel Rowland), eds., Architectures of Russian
Identity: 1500 to the Present (Cornell University Press)
Prof. JOHN DEMILIO, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard
Rustin (Free Press).
Prof. LEON FINK, The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo
New South (University of North Carolina Press)
Prof. ROBERT D. JOHNSTON, The Radical Middle Class: Populist Democracy
and the Question of Capitalism in Progressive Era Portland, Oregon
(Princeton University Press)
Prof. BARBARA RANSBY, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A
Radical Democratic Vision (University of North Carolina Press).
The front page of the August 24 Books section of the Sunday
Chicago Tribune was an all-UIC extravaganza. A joint review by
James Ralph (Middlebury) showered praise on the brand-new books of Profs.
JOHN DEMILIO and BARBARA RANSBY. (Q.V.) In the adjacent column,
Prof. ERIC ARNESEN had a review of The Dream, a book that details
the story of Martin Luther King Jr.s I Have a Dream Speech
at the March on Washington forty years earlier.
But wait! theres more. The Aug. 17 Trib Book Section had a review
by Rachel Arnesen, daughter of Eric and KATRIN SCHULTHEISS of Angel
on the Square, a historical (of course) novel set at the time of the
And the Aug. 31 Trib had a positive review of LEON FINKs book (see
NEWS IN (THE) BRIEF
JOHN DEMILIO, Professor of History and Gender and Womens Studies,
had his scholarly work cited in the majority opinon, written by Justice
Anthony Kennedy, in the Lawrence case which overthrew a Texas sodomy law.
Justice Anthony Kennedys opinion referred to DEmilio and Estelle
Freedmans 1977 book, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality
in America, to buttress the point that "there is no longstanding
history in this country of laws directed at homosexual conduct as a distinct
matter." John was also interviewed on Nightline on July
2 in connection with the decision. A tracking shot also displayed the
glories of the architecture of BSB. He had a short piece about this on
LEON FINK has been named a UIC Distinguished Professor.
Late (but not late-breaking) news from the
OAH Convention last March:
Prof. ROBERT JOHNSTON chaired a session on Taxation and Social Justice
in the 19th Century. Prof. LEON FINK commented on a session addressing
What is Work? Reclaiming the Labor of Care. Prof. BARBARA
Ransby commented on a panel on African American Women and Social
Change. Grad student SARAH ROSE gave a paper on Narratives
of Disability and Normalcy: Blind Veterans of World War II and the G.I.
the General Good News:
ARNESENs essay, "Willard S. Townsend: Black Workers, Civil
Rights, and the Labor Movement," appeared in Nina Mjagkij, ed., Portraits
of African American Life Since 1865 (Scholarly Resources, 2003). He
published a number of reviews in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Book
section. (See also above.) They included treatments of Gitlin, Letters
to a Young Activist, Barber, Marching on Washington, and Due
& Due, Freedom in the Family (July 6); Lebsock, A Murder
in Virginia (June 29); Hendrickson, Sons of Mississippi (June
1); and an essay on five books under the heading Consumed by Consumption
(April 20). On August 28, he was interviewed on WGN radio on the 40th
anniversary of the March on Washington. In April, he presented "New
Race Theorists for the Twenty-First Century at the conference of the Collegium
for African American Research in Winchester, England. His first book,
Waterfront Workers of New Orleans, has also been selected for inclusion
in the ACLS E-Book project.
Prof. RENATO BARAHONA has an essay titled "Between Ideals and Pragmatism:
Honor in Early Modern Spain" in the upcoming volume Approaches
to Teaching the Comedia, published by the MLA. Defensively he notes
that while this chapter may seem an odd fit in such a volume, it was invited
by the coeditors to provide historial perspective for a subject long dominated
by Golden Age literary experts.
Prof. DAVE BECK (Ph.D., 1994) of the University of Montana received the
Wisconsin Historical Society Book Award of Merit for his Siege and
Survival. He also participated in an NEH Summer Institute, Re-Imagining
Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands, at the East-West Center
and University of Hawaii at Manoa.
GINA CARPENTER announces the birth of Sonia Evelien Joseph, with an initial
weight of 8 lbs., 6 oz., to the aforesaid grad student and to Steve Joseph
on June 3.
Prof. JAMES CRACRAFT gave the keynote address at the annual Clifford Symposium
at Middlebury College this month. He also keynoted a conference last March
at Georgetown University on Capitals by Design: Architecture, The
Arts and Spectacle in St. Petersburn and Washington, D.C., 1703-2003.
His subject was Peter the Greats St. Petersburg.
DAGOSTINO (History and Catholic Studies) has won the Frank S. and
Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History for
his forthcoming book, Rome in America, to be published by the University
of North Carolina next year. Peter had a review of Catholicism and
American Freedom: A History by John T. McGreevy in the Chicago Tribune
Book section on Sunday, May 18.
Prof. JONATHAN DALY published a series of brief essays by a police official
with commentary and notes entitled A.I. Spiridovich. Okhrana i antisemitizm
v dorevoliutsionoi Rossii [...The Security Police and Anti-Semitism
in prerevolutionary Russia] in Voprosy istorii, no. 8 (2003).
Prof. JOHN DEMILIO served as senior faculty at a week-long summer
seminar/institute on the history of sexuality at the Kinsey Institute
in Bloomington. His just-out biography of Bayard Rustin (see above) has
had reviews in Newsday, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune,
and LA Weekly. It was excerpted in The Crisis. And it was
discussed in news articles and features about the 40th anniversary of
the March on Washington in the New York Times, International
Herald Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Detroit News.
And, he was interviewed on the widely-syndicated NPR Diane Rehm show.
JASON DIGMAN (Ph.D., 2001) is engaged as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate
on a project at the Minnesota Population Center under the title "African-American
Migration to the West, 1930-2000" that has been funded by the National
Science Foundation. Thanks.
The Buona Beef Professor? Prof. RICK FRIED won the WBBM news quiz Sept.
10 and with it a catered feed for 30 from Buona Beef. The first and fastest
of our graduate students will share in it at the Fall Welcome party, Oct.
6. He also was interviewed last May by Aaron Brown on CNN on the release
of Joe McCarthys executive-session transcripts. He received one
crank and one fan letter. Further of his wisdom was strewn through the
pages of the LA Times and the ABC News website. His interview about the
50s appears in Rick Phalens How We Have Changed: America Since
1950 (2003) along with those of such other cultural icons Dick Clark
and Pat Boone.
Grad student CHERYL GANZ reviewed Martha Ackmann's The Mercury 13:
The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight
in the July 27 Chicago Tribune Sunday Books section.
Sam Robertss review of a biography of Mayor La Guardia in the June
29 New York Times spent much of its time quoting Prof. emeritus
MEL HOLLI to the effect that Fiorello would STILL be rated the best of
Americas big-city mayorstake that, Rudy Juliani. Mel also spoke
about Emil Hurja at Finnish Heritage Day in Crystal Falls, MI, in August.
He was a panelist/commentator on "The Dutch Experience in Urban America,"
and spoke on comparisons of Dutch to other European immigrants, at a conference
held at Trinity Christian College in June.
Prof. BRIAN HOSMER was an invited speaker at the Oneida Nation History
Conference in Green Bay on August 15-16. His topic was "Seeing the
Forest and the Trees: Wisconsin Indians and U.S. Timber Policy during
the Allotment Era." He also served on a task force evaluating the
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, a publication based at UCLA.
In May at a Faculty Seminar of the Free University in Berlin, Prof. GEORGE
HUPPERT presented his recent research under the title: "Der franzosische
Sokrates und die Deutsche Aufklarung." The event was chronicled in
some detail in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of June 5 (see the bulletin
board on the 9th floor). While in Berlin George was a Visiting Residential
Fellow of the American Academy.
Prof. RICHARD JOHN chaired a session on telecommunications at the annual
meeting of the Business History Conference in Lowell, MA. In July he chaired
a roundtable discussion at the Society for Historians of the Early American
Republic in Columbus, Ohio. He has been named to the editorial board of
the Journal of Policy History and to the advisory council of the Smithsonians
National Postal Museum. (Surely, a stamp of approval.)
Prof. CYNTHIA KOSSO (Ph.D., 1993) is now Chair of the Department of History
at Northern Arizona University. And her book, The Archaeology of Public
Policy in Late Roman Greece, has been published in the BAR (British
Archaeological Reports) International series in 2003.
Prof. KURT LEICHTLE (Ph.D., 1982) of University of Wisconsin-River Falls
reports that his fourth-grade history of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Journey,
is doing well and actually is back-ordered about 900 copies. This summer
he was a presenter at a workshop on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, as part
of a Teaching American History Grant sponsored by the National Council
for History Education.
Grad student RAYMOND LOHNE published an essay, Recapturing the Spirit
of Nuremberg: Published and Unpublished Sorces on the Danube Swabians
of Yugoslavia, in Steven Bela Vardy and T. Hunt Tooley, eds., Ethnic
Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe (Social Science Monographs,
Prof. DOMINIC PACYGA (Ph.D., 1981) has contracted with the University
of Chicago Press to write a book titled, "Chicago: An Urban Biography."
On August 25 he appeared on the WBEZ to discuss the World's Columbian
Exposition and its impact on Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods. He has an
essay forthcoming in a new encyclopedia of world diasporas. On September
10, he gave the Feodarczyk Lecture in Polish American Studies at Central
Prof. BARBARA RANSBY (see also above) gave a paper at The Colorlines Conference
organized by The Civil Rights Project at Harvard early in the month. On
Aug. 24 she appeared as part of a panel on Race, Resistance and
Culture at DuSable Museum on C-SPAN2. She spoke at Carnegie Mellon
University on Sept. 19.
Grad student JOHN REDA presented his paper, Illinois Slavery Reconsidered:
The Signifcance of the Northwest Ordinance, at the SHEAR Conference
in Columbus, Ohio, in July.
Prof. Emeritus ROBERT V. REMINIs "Heroes of History" Lecture,
delivered at the White House on May 1 as part of the NEH's We the People
Initiative, is published as "Ordinary Heroes: Founders of our Republic"
in the July/August issue Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment
for the Humanities.
Prof. MARIAN RUBCHAK (Ph.D., 1987) of Valparaiso University reports that
she has been awarded a second Fulbright to Kyiv and Odessa. It begins
next January. She was recently promoted to Full Professor. Her annotated
translation, with introduction, of a volume of Sergei Soloviev's History
of Russia from Earliest Times was published last October. She recently
directed the masters thesis of a student at Hong Kong University
(on Ukrainian women/feminists) who used Marians work as a basis
for her project.
Prof. GREG SCHNEIDERs (Ph.D., 1996) book, Conservatism in America
Since 1930: A Reader (NYU Press, 2003) was selected as a main selection
of the Conservative Book Club. The just-tenured prof. at Emporia State
University has been invited to give a paper at the Evolution of American
Conservatism conference to be held October 11 at Ashland University. He
is Associate Chair of his department.
Prof. JAMES SEARING published two articles: "Conversion to Islam:
Military Recruitment and Generational Conflict in a Sereer-Safen Village
(Bandia), 1920-1938," Journal of African History 44 (2003);
and "Blancs et Noirs: la frontiere du desert
mauritanien. Notes critiques sur le livre de James Webb, Desert Frontier
(1995)," Annuaire de l'Afrique du Nord 39, (2000-2001). He
also presented a paper in May at the Institute for the Study of Islamic
Thought in Africa (ISITA), Third International Colloquium, "Muslim/Christian
Encounters in Africa," at Northwestern: "The Time of Conversion:
Christians and Muslims among the Sereer-Safen of Senegal, 1914-1950s."
Prof. DANIEL S. SMITH's essay, "Seasoning, Disease Environment, and
Conditions of Exposure: New York Union Army Regiments and Soldiers,"
appeared in Dora Costa, ed. Health and Labor Force Participation over
the Life Cycle, a volume published by the University of Chicago Press
in the National Bureau of Economic Research Series on Long-Term Factors
in Economic Development.
Grad student ERIC SMITH was married on Sept. 20 to Mireia Valls from Barcelona,
Spain. Ms. Valls works as a psychologist for Chicago Public Schools.
Prof. MARY TODD (Ph.D., 1996) of Concordia University River Forest gave
a paper, "Defying or Defining? Transplanting Old Lutheranism into
a New Nation" at the Society for Historians of the Early American
Republic at Ohio State in July. She also was awarded a two-year grant
by the Louisville Institute to support research, including the gathering
of oral histories, on a book on the 1970s schism in the Lutheran Church-Missouri
Synod. She continues in her position as Assistant Vice President for Academics
Prof. BEN WHISENHUNT (Ph.D., 1997) was promoted to Professor of History
at the College of DuPage. He will be leading a group of students to Russia
UIC undergraduate History major SCOTT WILSON won a NSEP (National Security
Education Program) scholarship for his summer and fall programs in Russia.
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