Good News Bulletin
PRIZE!! FLASH!! THIS JUST IN!! Prof. Richard K. JOHN is the winner of the
latest Newcomen Prize. This award is conferred for the year's best article
in Business History Review. The year was 1997. (They are running behind,
but it is, after all, history.)
Prof. Jonathan DALY published a chapter, "The Security Police in Late
Imperial Russia," in Anna Geifman, ed., Russia Under the Last Tsar:
Opposition and Subversion, 1894-1917 (London: Blackwell, 1999). He
presented a paper, "Political Crime in Late Imperial Russia" at the Midwest
Russian History Workshop in Toronto in April.
Prof. Richard M. FRIED gave the 26th annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture
at Northern Iowa University on "The Soft Side of McCarthyism" on Sept. 22.
Maria Teresa FERNANDEZ is runner-up for the 1999 Rae Bucher Memorial Award
for Qualitative Studies in Social Process for her dissertation on "Class,
Gender, and Power in Guadalajara, Mexico: Political Mobilization of Women
Schoolteachers, Textile, and Tortilla Workers, 1920-1940." Her work has had
support from the MacArthur, Ford, and Spencer Foundation and LASPAU. She
currently holds a University Fellowship.
Prof. Melvin HOLLI published (with Paul M. Green) A View from City Hall:
Mid-Century to Millennium, described as "a richly detailed, visual road map
[some 200 photographs] of Chicago as viewed from the mayor's office in City
Hall." The authors presented a slide show of some of the photos at Barnes &
Noble's Webster Place store on Oct. 16.
On Aug. 16 Mel delivered a book
talk on C-SPAN based on his The American Mayor: the Best and Worst Big City
Leaders and also was a guest on "Extension 720" on September 6. He also
published "E Pluribus Unum: The Assimilation Paradigm Revisited,"
in Siirtolaisuus--Migration (2/1999).
Prof. Laura HOSTETLER received an OVCR-AAH award for research on her next
book project. Over the summer she made several presentations on Chinese
cartography, one for Jerry Danzer's NEH Summer Institute on "Cartographic
Traditions in World History," and one for the Newberry Library's seminar on
"Maps and Nations."
In May, Prof. Richard K. JOHN (see above) spoke at a featured plenary
session at a policy history conference in St. Louis on how Governmental
Institutions Shaped Communications Policy in the Early American Republic."
Also in May, he delivered the University of Maryland's annual Rundell
Lecture on "Information Technology and American Political Culture in the
In June he presented "Recasting the Information
Infrastructure for the Industrial Age" to the Newberry Library seminar on
technology, politics, and culture. In August, before the American
Sociological Association, he gave a paper on "The Legislative Foundation of
the Communications Revolution in the United States During the Early
His critique/appreciation of Philip Scranton's Endless Novelty
the September Business History Review. He was also heard on NPR's "Morning
Edition" anent the history of communications technology in August and on
WGN's "Extension 720" in October with Winston Churchill's grandson regarding
Winnie's writings on US history.
Prof. John KULCZYCKI gave a number of lectures:
- On the Herne Polish Revolt of 1899--in German--at the
Martin Opitz Library, Herne, Germany, for the centennial of the
strike, on October 8.
- A slide-lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago on "Poland
1572-1765: One of Many Polands" in conjunction with an exhibit
on Art in Poland during that period (Aug. 11)
- "Poland through the Ages," a slide-lecture for the Art Institute
staff prior to the exhibit (May 20).
- "The Transformation of the Polish National Identity under Communism
in the 'Recovered Lands,' 1945-1956" at the Miller Center of Public
Affairs, University of Virginia (June 14).
- "The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791," at the Polish Consulate
General of Chicago on May 3.
He also chaired a session on "The Politics of Migration" at the conference
on "Irish and Polish Migration in Comparative Perspective" sponsored by the
Institute for Research on the European Workers' Movement of the Ruhr
University of Bochum (Oct. 6-10).
Prof. Richard S. LEVY was one of twenty participants in the "Seminar for
Professors of College-Level Holocaust Courses" (the Hilberg Seminar) at the
US Holocaust Memorial Museum in June. He presented an invited
paper,"Collective Anti-Jewish Violence before the Holocaust, 1819-1938" at
the Holocaust Education Foundation seminar at Northwestern University in the
Gwen Hoerr McNAMEE (PhD program) is editor of a publication of the Chicago
bar Association, with the Chidren's Court Centennial Committee, A Noble
Social Experiment? The First 100 Years of the Cook County Juvenile Court.
Contributors of articles to this book include the following, all PhD
candidates at UIC unless otherwise indicated:
- McNAMEE, "The Origin of the Cook County Juvenile Court" and "The
- Gareth CANAAN, "The Economic and Class Dimensions of Juvenile
Delinquency in Black Chicago During the 1920s."
- Laura IANDOLA, "William Healy and the Varieties of Delinquent
- Barbara DOBSCHUETZ, "Pearl Hart."
- L. Mara DODGE (Ph.D. 1997, now Assistant Professor at Westfield State
College), "Reform Struggles and Legal Challenges: The Cook County
Juvenile Court, 1924-1999."
Prof. Robert V. REMINI (emeritus) published The Battle of New Orleans:
Andrew Jackson and America's First Military Victory (Viking) in August. The
Sun Times review termed it "terrifically readable." On August 11, the New
York Times discussed Bob's work on Jackson in its article "Study Links
Andrew Jackson's Poor Health to Lead Poisoning from Bullet." On Aug. 16, he
appeared on C-Span to discuss King Andrew.
Prof. Daniel S. SMITH's article "Population and Political Ethnics: Thomas
Jefferson's Demography of Generations" appeared in the William and Mary
Quarterly 3d Series, 56 (July 1999). He was appointed to the editorial
board of H-SHEAR, the H-NET list dealing with the early republican era of US
Clinton STOCKWELL (Ph.D., 1992) has assumed the title of Executive Director
of the Chicago Metropolitan Center, a consortium of midwestern colleges with
academic programs anchored in Chicago.
In July Prof. Mary Kay VAUGHAN gave the keynote talk at the Mexican History
of Education Conference in Toluca and offered a week-long seminar on "New
Cultural Approaches to the History of the Mexican Revolution" at the
Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas in Mexico City. Her book
Cultural Politics in Revolution: Teachers, Peasants, and Schools in Mexico,
1930-1940 will be published in Spanish by the Fondo de Cultura Economica and
the Mexican Ministry of Public Education.
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