It has been another exciting and rewarding year in the History Department! I hope you will enjoy a look back at some of the highlights:
- Our Undergraduate Engagement Initiative, launched last year, brings faculty, students, and alumni together to talk about the study of history in the 21st century. Among the highlights of the initiative is the Lunch with a Leader series that brings a prominent alumnus back to campus each semester to talk with students. Terri Browne Kutzen '77 was our first visitor in the series.
- History faculty members published six books in 2016: Associate Professor Cynthia Lynn Lyerly, Understanding and Teaching American Slavery (edited with Bethany Jay, PhD'09); Professor Patrick Maney, Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President; Associate Professor Robert Maryks, editor, Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ways of Proceeding Within the Society of Jesus; Professor Oliver Rafferty, S.J., Violence, Politics, and Catholicism in Ireland; Associate Professor Sarah Ross, Everyday Renaissances: The Quest for Cultural Legitimacy in Venice; and Assistant Professor Ling Zhang, The River, the Plain, and the State: An Environmental Drama in Northern Song China, 1048–1128.
- We are delighted to welcome a new colleague, Professor Conevery Valencius, a highly respected U.S. environmental historian, who joined the faculty in September 2016.
In other news, students' original research for their papers and theses often gets displayed in our popular Making History Public series. Conceived and curated by undergraduates, and based on the holdings of the Burns Library, this series brings visitors to the department from all around the University. Take a look at some of the exhibits or, better yet, stop by the department and enjoy the latest exhibit in person.
Chair, History Department