Good News Bulletin

November 1999


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 Progressive Era."

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 Republic, 1790-1840."

His critique/appreciation of Philip Scranton's Endless Novelty appeared in 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 same month.


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 Bartelme Years."


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 Experience."


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 history.


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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