Good News Bulletin
- Prof. Melvin G. Holli, The American Mayor:
The Best and the Worst Big-City
Leaders (Penn State Press, 1999).
- Prof. Robert V. Remini (emeritus) won the D. B.
Hardeman prize for Daniel Webster: The Man and his Times. This award is
bestowed by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library upon the "best
book" dealing with any aspect of the U. S. Congress. It was presented in
February at a banquet at the LBJ Library.
Other publications and achievements:
- Prof. James Cracraft has won a Guggenheim
Fellowship for 1999-2000.
- Grad students Nicole Buts and Keith Green
have been awarded Fulbright fellowships for research in Switzerland and Germany
respectively, and Karl Wood has won a Daad Fellowship for his work in
Prof. Roger Biles' (East Carolina University, Ph.D., 1981) book
A New Deal
for the American People is excerpted in the 8th edition of Taking
Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in American
Justin Coffey (Ph.D. program) authored biographies of Harry M.
Daugherty and Thomas Collier Platt in the recently-published American
Prof. Gerald Danzer gave a presentation on "Great Cities: Perspectives on
America's Urban Experiences" in a Focus on Teaching Day session at the OAH
Mara Dodge (Ph.D. 1997) has been appointed a tenure-track assistant
professor at Westfield State College, where she will teach l9th-century
U.S., Latin American, women's, and labor history.
Prof. Hasia Diner (Ph.D., 1975) of New York University gave a paper on
"Memories of Hunger: Food, Migration, and Ethnic Identities" at the OAH
Prof. Perry Duis will direct the fourth annual summer session devoted to
"Ethnic Chicago" for Elderhostel. The noncredit program is based at the UIC
Prof. Rick Fried gave a paper on The Ugly American at a philology
conference at la Universidad de Salamanca in March and on "The Rise and Fall
of Electoral Redbaiting" at the OAH Annual Meeting in April. His book was
reviewed in the April 2 TLS and he was quoted (to no particular consequence)
in an April 19 Sun-Times article on Mies van der Rohe and the FBI.
Larry Hays (MAT) who teaches at the Highlands Middle School, LaGrange,
Illinois, commented on Gerry Danzer's presentation at the Toronto OAH
Convention in April.
Prof. Arnold R. Hirsch (Ph.D., 1978), University of New Orleans, chaired
OAH session on "Political Culture and Urban Space in the Era of
Prof. Mel Holli's recent book (q.v.) has received reams of notice in such
venues as The Chronicle of Higher Education (March 26), the Boston Globe
(March 30), USA Today (April 8) a very positive New York Times review, and a
dismissive shrug from the Chicago Sun-Times for the low rating Mayor Jane
Byrne received. Mel was also quoted in the March 14 NYT on Irish ethnic
Prof. Richard R. John gave papers on "Making Enterprise Private:
Rethinking Communications Policy in the Early American Republic" at a
seminar in Washington, D.C.; on "Recasting the Information Infrastructure
for the Industrial Age" at UCLA's Von Gremp workshop in economic history; on
"The Challenge of Private Enterprise: The Prosecution of Independent Mail
Delivery Firms in the Antebellum United Sates at a seminar at UCSB; and on
"Theodore N. Vail and the Civil Origins of University Service" at the
Business History Conference in Chapel Hill. He commented at a session on
"Women's Businesses in the Postwar Era" at the OAH in April. He has been
asked to serve on editorial boards of both the Business History Review and
Enterprise and Society and on the by-laws committee of the Business History
Conference. And (perhaps under the heading "conflict of interest") he
confesses having been awarded an engraved pitcher by the Chicago Philatelic
Society for the best presentation of 1998.
Prof. Richard Levy was a talking head on "Deadly Deception," a program
regarding the Protocols of the Elders of Zion which aired on the History
Channel on May 11. Watch for rebroadcasts, shop your local Blockbuster,
and, judging from the expert's self-review, look for new roles as an
Prof. Greg Schneider (Ph.D., 1996) of Emporia State University has
a grant from the Earhart Foundation for research on "paleo-
Prof. Mary Todd of Concordia University (Ph.D., 1996) has received a grant
from the Lilly Foundation to attend the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of
the Church-Related College. She reports that her book, Authority Vested, is
soon to be published by Eerdmans.
Prof. Deborah Gray White (Ph.D., 1979) of Rutgers University presided at a
session on "New Frontiers in Minority History" at the April OAH