News from UIC’s History Department


   February 2007

A lot of news in this issue, and we’re particularly glad to have caught up with a number of alums.  Note particularly the postings about Neal McCrillis, Ghada Talhami, Karen Friedman and Hasia Diner.

Prof MICHAEL ALEXANDER took part in the annual seminar sponsored by CEDANT (Centro di studi e ricerche sui Diritti Antichi) in Pavia, Italy.  This year’s subject was “The Suppression of Crime in Repubican Rome: Between Rule and Persuasion.”  Michael spoke on Jan. 22 about Cicero’s 54 B.C.E. speech in defense of Plancius, who was accused of electoral malpractice.  He also has published a chapter in two new Blackwell's Companions. _A Companion to the Roman Republic_ contains his "Law in the Roman Republic." _A Companion to Roman Rhetoric_ includes his "Oratory, Rhetoric, and Politics in the Republic."


Prof. ERIC ARNESEN's essay, “A. Philip Randolph: Labor and the New Black Politics” has been reprinted in Susan Glisson, ed., _Civil Rights and the Human Tradition_ (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).  His review of Melvin Ely's _Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War_ appeared in the January 1-15, 2007 The New Republic; he also reviewed Roberts and Kilbanoff's book on the press and the civil rights struggle in the Jan. 7 Chicago Tribune Book Section and David Cannadine's _Mellon: An American Life_ on Dec.17.

Grad student AARON MAX BERKOWITZ published a review essay on four books whose disparate contents dealt with aspects of Chicago history ranging from historical geography to historic photos to Fort Dearborn and to the Chicago Marathon. It appeared in the December 31 Chicago Tribune Sunday Books section.        


Grad student BETH COLLINS gave the paper "Odd Girl Out: Firing a Female Security Risk in the McCarthy Era" at UCLA's Thinking Gender Conference on Feb 1.


Prof. JONATHAN DALY delivered the paper "Party and State Institutions in the First Year of Bolshevik Rule" at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) in Washington on November 18.

Prof. HASIA DINER of NYU (Ph.D., 1975) was recently elected to the prestigious Society of American Historians.  She was also elected to chair the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society.  Her most recent book, _The Jews of the United States, 1654-2000_ came out in 2005 (University of California Press).  She will be at UIC for a conference in mid/late March and hopes “to see some of the folks from the History department.”


Prof. KAREN FRIEDMAN (SUTTON), Ph.D. 1994, reports in with a new husband and a new address, in New York, where she has recently taken up an appointment as Assistant Professor of History at Touro College.   She will be setting up a Holocaust Center there, and her book on the massacree of the Jews in Lithuania will come out this spring. 


CHERYL GANZ (Ph.D., 2007), who joined the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum in October 2005, was recently named acting chief curator for philately.  In her brief time at the Museum, Cheryl has served as assistant curator for the current exhibition "Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection" and as co-chairwoman of the Winton M. Blount Symposium on Postal History.  She also was curator of museum exhibits at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition.


In January, RICHARD R. JOHN gave a paper at the American Bar Foundation's legal history seminar on "One Great Medium? Federalism, Antitrust, and the Segmentation of American Telecommunications in the Progressive Era."  His book review of John Franch's _Robber Baron_ appeared in the Dec. 3 Chicago Tribune.


Prof. ROBERT JOHNSTON has won a 2007 Teaching Recognition Program Award from UIC's Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  This seems unfair, since he’s been hiring out as a Visiting Scholar elsewhere:  at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, this month (a public and an undergraduate lecture and a graduate seminar); and at Northern Illinois University (public lecture and grad seminar). 
            Robert also delivered an “Introduction to Oral History” at Solomon Schechter Middle School, Northbrook, this month.  He presented "Anti-Federalism and Reform Movements in American History” and “Class Politics in the Progressive Era: The Case of Middle-Class Radicals and Health Reform in Progressive Portland to the Teachers’ Consortium, Newberry Library, in February and November, respectively.     
            He is also (since 2004) Series Editor, "Voices of Colonial America," a young adult book series in the National Geographic Children's Book Division, 2004-present. Volumes on New Jersey and Virginia were named Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People in 2006. Volumes on California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Rhode Island received the same honor for 2007.  AND: he is Series Editor, "Immigrants in American History," young adult book series, Chelsea House Publishers/Facts on File, 2004-2006. Volumes on Filipino Americans, Indian Americans, Jamaican Americans, Korean Americans, Mexican Americans, Ukrainian Americans, and Vietnamese Americans have been or will be published this year.

Prof. Emeritus JOHN KULCZYCKI published an obituary for his mentor:  "Peter Brock, 1920-2006," _Slavic Review_ 65, No. 4 (Winter 2006): 894-95.

Prof. RICHARD LEVY took part in a 3-day Working Consultation at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in December. Twelve invitees were convened to help shape the ways in which the Museum can contribute to effective addressing of antisemitism-related issues.


Prof. DEIRDRE McCLOSKEY's _The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce_ was reviewed at length and joyfully in the Wall Street Journal and New York Review of Books and at length and less joyfully in the Sunday Times Book Review and the (London) Times Literary Supplement. She is working on a second volume of the four promised, a more historical book, _Bourgeois Towns: How Capitalism Became Ethical, 1600-1848_.

Prof. NEAL McCRILLIS (Ph.D.1993) has been elected to a three-year term as chair of the University System of Georgia European Council, which operates 5 study abroad programs for the 35 public universities in the state.  Neal is the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Distinguished Chair of International Education and Director of the Center for International Education at Columbus State University.


Prof. Emeritus BOB REMINI has been named a Life Director of the Illinois Humanities Council. On Feb 17 he keynoted the Conference on the Life and Legacy of Henry Clay in the Mitch McConnell Center in the University of Louisville library. Sen. McConnell and Bob were supposed to cut the ribbon for the Statue and (replica) Senate Desk of Henry Clay, but the cloture resolution kept the Republican minority leader in Washington, so Bob did a book signing instead.

Grad student MATTHEW ROTHWELL presented the paper “Transpacific Encounters, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Origins of Mexican Maoism” at the First North American Conference on the Study of Global Radicalism,” Michigan State University, on January 25-27.


Grad student JOSHUA SALTZMANN’s essay "The Chicago Lakefront's Last Frontier: The Turnerian Mythology of Streeterville, 1886-1961," appeared in the Journal of Illinois History (Autumn 2006).


While he was a grad student ERIC SMITH published the essay “New York and the Spanish Civil War” in _Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War_, Peter N. Carroll and James D. Fernandez, eds. (New York University Press and the Museum of the City of New York, 2007).  He will accept kudos, however, as Dr. Smith, having, on Feb. 20, successfully defended his dissertation:  “Anti-Fascism, the United Front, and Spanish Republican Aid in the United States, 1936-1940.”

GHADA TALHAMI (Ph.D., 1975) reports in from Lake Forest College, where for about a decade she has been the D.K.Pearsons Chair in International Relations.  She is the author of five books, most recently _Palestinian Refugees: Pawns to Political Actors_ (Nova Science Publishers, 2001).


Prof. ASTRIDA TANTILLO’s review of John Armstrong's _ Love, Life, Goethe_ appeared in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Books section on Jan. 28.


DAVID VEENSTRA (Ph.D., 2005), Assistant UIC Historian, gave a paper on “Krebiozen: the Social Context for a Cancer-Cure Tragedy” at the Conference on Illinois History in Springfield in October.


Prof. ANDREW WIEST presented “The Reality of ARVN at War,” the keynote address to the 40th Anniversary of the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam Day meetings in Seattle in June 2006.  He moderated a panel on “Beach Assault” at the International Conference on World War II at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans last November.

KARL WOOD (Ph.D. 2004) and his wife Edyta, both teaching in Poland at the Kazimierz Wielki (Casimir the Great) University in Bydgoszcz are, as of December 20, 2006, the proud parents of a son, Julian Wood, who weighed in at 8 lbs 11 oz and measured 22 3/4 inches. (Who says this newsletter slights quantitative history?)  Karl is a tenure-track Professor

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