Faculty News

Hibba Abugideiri, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history, was invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in a Speakers' Program in Belgrade in June '10. Dr. Abugideiri has also published her new book, Gender and the Making of Modern Medicine in Colonial Egypt (Ashgate, 2010).

James Bergquist, Ph.D., emeritus professor of history and author of Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870: How the First Great Wave of Immigrants Made Their Way in America (Ivan R. Dee, 2009) wrote an article entitled, "From Chinatown to Everytown," which appeared in the Oct. 8, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Kelly-Anne Diamond published an article, entitled “The Sacred District scene in the Rectangular Tombs at Elkab” which appeared in the 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt.  In April 2014, Dr. Diamond delivered a paper, "The dmDyt: A prototype for Isis?" at ARCE's Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon.

Marc Gallicchio, Ph.D.professor of history, published several essays in the last two years: “Truman, Unconditional Surrender, and a New Deal for Japan,” in James I. Matray, editor, Northeast Asia and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman : Japan, China, and the Two Koreas (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2012); “The Legacy of World War II” in Thomas Zeiler, Robert McMahon (Eds.), The Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History (Sag Harbor, NJ: DWJ Books, 2012); and “World War II in Historical Memory” in Thomas Zeiler (Ed.), Blackwell Companion to World War II (Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell, 2013).During the same period he published the following reviews: Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, ed., The Cold War in East Asia, 1945-1991. H-Diplo (June 2012); J. Calvitt Clarke III. Alliance of the Colored Peoples: Ethiopia and Japan before World War II . American Historical Review (December 2012); and Hiroshi Masuda. MacArthur in Asia: The General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea. American Historical Review (Spring, 2014). Recently, Dr. Gallicchio received a Faculty Summer Research Award and a grant from the Earhart Foundation for a book project tentatively titled “Conservatives, New Dealers, and the Unconditional Surrender of Japan” and, 119:2, 492. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.

Dr. Judith Giesberg, professor of history, has written, “Black Babies and Blackboard Predictions,” in the Disunion blog of the New York Times. This is Dr. Giesberg's third contribution to this very popular series.  She has been selected as the spring 2014 speaker for the The Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series in the Civil War Era at Penn State University. Dr. Giesberg will deliver three lectures dealing with the impact of the Civil War on families and changing ideas of childhood in America. The series, titled The Civil War’s Lost Boys and Girls, combines Dr. Giesberg’s research specialties in Civil War era history and the history of childhood in America. The revised lectures will be published by the University of North Carolina Press. The Brose series is sponsored by the Richards Center for Civil War Era History at Penn State and was created through an endowment from Steven and Janice Brose in 1998. In addition, Dr. Giesberg's article, “Orphans and Indians: Pennsylvania’s Soldiers’ Orphan Schools and the Landscape of Postwar Childhood,” has been published in James Marten, ed. Children and Youth During the Civil War Era (New York, 2012), 188-206.  Another of Dr. Giesberg’s  essays, “Northern Women,” has been published as part of a symposium on The Future of Civil War Era Studies in The Journal of the Civil War Era (March 2012), volume 2, number 1. See article here.

Dr. Christopher Haas gave an invited paper, "Geopolitics and Georgian Identity in Late Antiquity: the Dangerous World of Vakhtang Gorgasali" at a conference organized around the theme, "The Caucasus: Imagining Freedom, Negotiating Dominion." The conference, held at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, was jointly sponsored by the British Academy and the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies at the University.

Dr. Haas also delivered the concluding paper, “Alexandria Lost? The Transition to Late Antiquity” at the symposium, "Cleopatra and the End of the Hellenistic World," sponsored by the Franklin Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, held in conjunction with the exhibit at the Franklin Institute, "Cleopatra: the Search for the Last Queen of Egypt," Philadelphia, October 2010.

Dr. Lynne Hartnett presented a paper on April 21, 2012, entitled "Female Bodies in a Man's World: The Gender of Political Imprisonment in Late Imperial Russia" at the annual conference of the Upstate New York Women's History Organization. On November 17, 2012, Dr. Hartnett delivered a paper at the Annual Convention for the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans. The paper was entitled, “The Contested Terrain between Public Commemoration and Private Despair in a Memoirist’s Civil War Correspondence.”  Dr. Hartnett subsequently used the archival documents that informed this paper to write the article "Catastrophe Befell Our House: A Famous Family's Struggle for Survival in the Russian Civil War." This article is part of an edited collection of scholarly articles on Russia's Great War and Revolution that will be published by Slavica Publishers in 2015. 

Dr. Hartnett spoke to the incoming freshman class of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on August 23, 2012.  In the Class of 2016's "First Lecture" Dr. Hartnett used Russian history as a means to show students how the liberal arts can afford them the opportunities to become academically engaged and to find the intellectual and interpersonal connections that are at the heart of a college education.

Dr. Hartnett spoke to a much different group on April 9, 2013. Downtown Abbey fans from various Main Line towns filled the Easttown Library to hear Dr. Hartnett's presentation "Tales of Honor, Virtue, Service and Sacrifice Within and Beyond Downton Abbey: The First World War's Effects on the English Gentry and the Men and Women who Served Them."  Using the voraciously popular BBC series for context, Dr. Hartnett explored the historical relevance of Downton Abbey and the ways in which European society was changed by the First World War.

Dr. Hartnett's book The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution, published by Indiana University Press will be available in early 2014.

Dr. Hartnett along with seven other faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences received funding from the Dean's Office to establish the Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict.  The Center will be an academic space at the nexus of the Social Sciences and the Humanities that will allow scholars, students, and interested members of the community to engage questions of violence and conflict in an informed, complex, and productive fashion.  Dr. Hartnett will serve as the Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict's Director.  She also serves as the Director of Russian Area Studies.

Wayne Huss, Ph.D. served as guest curator for an exhibit at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia (April 2011-April 2012) titled, “Rally ‘Round the Flag: Civil War Color Bearers and the Flags They Carried” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.  Another special honor is having been selected twice (August 1993 & July 2011) as a fellow in the Aspen Institute’s Wye Faculty Seminar in Queenstown, MD.  He has also participated in numerous local, regional, and national conferences, colloquia, seminars, and workshops.

Jeffrey Johnson, Ph.D., published the following works:

A chapter, “Women in the Chemical Industry in the First Half of the 20th Century,” in Women in Industrial Research, ed. Renate Tobies/Annette Vogt (Stuttgart:  Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014), 119-144; he also co-edited the introduction to the section in which the chapter appeared.

A peer-reviewed article, “The Case of the Missing German Quantum Chemists:  On Molecular Models, Mobilization, and the Paradoxes of Modernizing Chemistry in Nazi Germany,” in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 43/4 (Sept. 2013), 391–452

A chapter (composed in German), “Die Gründung und Entwicklung des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituts für Chemie 1905-1930 [founding and development of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry],” in 100 Jahre Kaiser-Wilhelm- / Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (Otto Hahn-Institut):  Facetten seiner Geschichte, hrsg. von [ed. by] Horst Kant and Carsten Reinhardt (on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie) (Mainz/Berlin:  Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie/Archiv der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 2012), 21-52.  (Series:  Veröffentlichungen aus dem Archiv der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Vol. 22) (this was the centennial Festschrift of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry).

Dr. Johnson also gave the following presentations: 

“Walther Nernst and the Academic-Industrial Symbiosis in Physical Chemistry,” invited presentation to a symposium of the German Physical Society commemorating the 150th birthday of the physical chemist Walther Nernst, Berlin, Germany June 16, 2014

“Formation of the Knowledge-Based Economy in Germany, 1867-1914:  The Development of an Academic-Industrial Symbiosis in German Organic Chemicals, 1867-1887, and its Broader Impact,” invited presentation (as a last-minute replacement for another participant who had to cancel) to the ICOHTEC (International Committee for the History of Technology) Session P133 (Knowledge for use: universities, industry and roots of the knowledge economy), 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ICHSTM), Manchester, UK, July 27, 2013

“Artillery Propellants and Picric Acid: Mobilizing Chemistry in Two German Explosives Plants, 1916-1918,” presentation to Session S055-A (Putting Knowledge to War), 24th ICHSTM, Manchester, UK, July 25, 2013

“Redrawing Physical-Chemical Boundaries in National Socialist Germany: Politics, International Competition, and Interdisciplinary Relations,” presentation to session on “Science in Nazi Germany: Competition, Expansion, Integration and the Foreign Gaze,” BiCoDa Conference (theme: “The States’ Stakes in Science”), Bielefeld, Germany, July 12, 2013

“War, Autarky, and Industrial Innovation: The Transformation of Research in the German Chemical Industry, 1914-1945,” presentation to Interdisciplinary Studies of Science colloquium, Bielefeld University, July 2, 2013

“The Great War and Modern Chemistry: The origins of “dual-use” chemicals, 1914-18,” invited lecture to Quarterly Club Luncheon, Villanova University, March 13, 2013

“Von der Idee zur Einweihung:  Die schwierigen Anfänge des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituts für Chemie 1905-1912” (from the idea to the opening:  the difficult beginnings of the KWI for Chemistry), invited presentation to centennial celebration of the opening of the KWI for Chemistry, at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany, Oct. 23, 2012

Other news:

In September 2014 Dr. Johnson will hold a short-term Haas Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia as part of his sabbatical project on “Frankenstein to Artificial Life.”  He is currently working on a monograph on this topic as his sabbatical project for 2014-2015.

As president of the Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry (CHMC), Dr. Johnson convened the 1-day CHMC symposium S104: Materials and Chemistry from Bench to Brand and Back, at the 24th ICHSTM (see presentations above), Manchester, UK, July 26, 2013, and he acted as commentator for the first session, “Early Synthetic Materials”; he also presided over CHMC’s business meeting and represented CHMC at business meetings of the parent organization, the Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (DHST-IUHPS), which organized the Congress.  The CHMC website, www.chmcweb.org, is currently located as a page on the Villanova Department of History website and is maintained by Dr. Johnson with the help of Villanova’s UNIT tech support people, especially Elisa Wiley.

Maghan Keita, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the Institute for Global Inter-disciplinary Studies at Villanova, has been invited to be a Fellow in the Salzburg Global Seminar on 'Optimizing Talent, Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide.'   The seminar is held in Salzburg, Austria.  Dr. Keiita has published two articles: the first is “Believing in Ethiopians," in Daniel Orrells, Gurminder Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon, eds.African Athena: New Agendas  (Oxford, 2011), 19-39, and the second is “Race: What the bookstore hid," in Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz, and Amy Remensnyder, eds., Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice(Routledge, 2012).  Last year Dr. Keita was elected as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the College Board. The meeting occurred at the College Board Forum, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Keita's teaching and research focuses on African, African-American, European, and World histories; political economy; and Development Studies.  

Catherine Kerrison, Ph.D., an associate professor of history, has most recently published an article, “The French Education of Martha Jefferson Randolph,” in Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal v. 11, no. 2 (Spring 2013):  349-394.  The article built on a paper entitled "A Paradigm of Gender in the Early Republic: History and Synthesis in the Thought of Martha Jefferson Randolph," presented at the conference of the European Early American Studies Association in Paris in December 2010. She was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Fall 2012.  While in residence in Charlottesville, Virginia, she worked on her book manuscript, Jefferson's Daughters:  Gender, Race, and the American Revolution.  Dr. Kerrison has also published an essay entitled "Sally Hemings," in Frances D. Cogliano, ed., A Companion to Thomas Jefferson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 284-300.  She has an article forthcoming entitled “Harriet Hemings:  Daughter of the President’s Slave,” in Cynthia Kierner and Sandra Treadway, eds., Virginia Women:  Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming, 2014). In 2008-2009, Dr. Kerrison was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women, one of only 97 fellows chosen from the 1,116 applicants.  Her first book, Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South (Cornell, 2006), was chosen by the History of Education Society as the winner for its Outstanding Book Award.  She was honored at the Society's Annual Meeting in 2007, where a special session was devoted to discussing her book and the award was presented.  Dr. Kerrison has also served a three-year term (January '10 through December '12) on the editorial board of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.   

Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, in connection with her new research project on empire and terror, has been selected by the Palestinian American Research Center to participate in an overseas Faculty Development Seminar to be held in May 2012 in Jerusalem and the West Bank.  In May 2011, she spent two weeks in the West Bank and Jerusalem meeting with Palestinian intellectuals, academics, and artists as part of the Palestinian American Research Center Faculty Development Seminar. Over the spring and summer, Dr. Kolskywas invited to present her new research on colonial frontier history at conferences at Stanford University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In June, a special “Author Meets Reader” session about her book Colonial Justice in British India was organized at the Law and Society Association’s annual conference. She has recently published several opinion pieces in Dawn on the killing of Osama Bin Laden entitled, “Body of Evidence.”  Dr. Kolsky also has published the article, “An unlikely pair,” comparing the parallel pasts and presents of Israel and Pakistan, in The Dawn. The article is based on her recent experience as a fellow at the Palestinian American Research.

Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr, Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of History, recently published Grafinia S. V. Panina: Zhizn’ i sud’ba (Countess S. V. Panina, Her Life and Fate),” in Mysliashchie miry rossiiskogo liberalizma: grafinia Sof’ia Vladimirovna Panina (1871-1956). Materialy Mezhdunarodnogo nauchnogo kollokviuma, Moskva, 29-31 maia 2011 g.  (The Intellectual Worlds of Russian Liberalism: Countess Sofia Vladimirovna Panina, 1871-1956. Proceedings of an International Colloquium in Moscow, May 29-31, 2011), M. Iu. Sorokina, comp. (Moscow: Dom russkogo zarubezh’ia im. Aleksandra Solzhenitsyna, 2012), 9-25.  Dr. Lindenmeyr also has a new article entitled “Building Civil Society One Brick at a Time: People’s Houses and Worker Enlightenment in Late Imperial Russia.” The article appears in The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 84, No. 1 (March 2012), pp. 1-39. She also published an article entitled “’Primordial and Gelatinous’? Civil Society in Imperial Russia,” in the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 12:3 (2011), 705-20. She traveled to Russia last summer to participate in two conferences, for which she was the keynote speaker. Her presentation (in Russian), entitled “Гр. Софья Владимировна Панина в истории русской филантропии и демократии (Countess Sofia Vladimirovna Panina in the History of Russian Philanthropy and Democracy),” was first presented in Moscow at a conference on “The Intellectual Worlds of Russian Liberalism”, at the Solzhenitsyn Institute for Study of the Russian Emigration, on May 30. She then traveled to St. Petersburg to give the same presentation at a conference on “Charity, Science and Education: In Memory of Countess S. V. Panina,” at the Faculty of Sociology, St. Petersburg University, on June 2.

Last year Dr. Lindenmeyr published an article in Russian in the journal Istoriia Peterburga (History of St. Petersburg), entitled “A Russian Countess Discovers America” (“Русская графиня открывает Америкy”). The article appeared in the summer 2010 issue, which was devoted to exploring connections past and present between St. Petersburg and the United States and received support from the US Consulate in St. Petersburg. Dr. Lindenmeyr’s article examines the final years in the life of one-time St. Petersburg philanthropist Countess Sofia Panina, who emigrated to New York in 1939. During World War II she collaborated with novelist Lev Tolstoy’s youngest daughter, Alexandra Tolstoy, to create the Tolstoy Foundation in New York, an organization dedicated to helping Soviet POWS, Russian émigrés stranded in Europe, and, after the war, the millions of people interned in European and Middle Eastern camps for displaced persons.  

Dr. Timothy McCall, Associate Professor of Art History, published with Truman State University the volume Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, which he co-edited with Sean Roberts and Giancarlo Fiorenza.  The volume contains two essays by McCall, “Secrecy and the Production of Seignorial Space: the Coretto of Torrechiara,” and the book’s introduction, “Revealing Early Modern Secrecy,” which he co-authored with Roberts. 

McCall’s article “Brilliant Bodies: Material Culture and the Adornment of Men in North Italy’s Quattrocento Courts,“ was published in the journal I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance at the end of 2013, and in April of 2014 was named the article of the month by Feminae, the Medieval Women and Gender index.  Tim was also part of the team (along with the conservator Kristin deGhetaldi, Anthony Lagalante in Chemistry, and David Lacey of Falvey Library) awarded a substantial grant for the on-going Conserving a Giant project conserving and studying Villanova’s large Baroque canvas attributed to Pietro da Cortona. 

In the past year or two, McCall has presented a number of conference papers and invited lectures, particularly on Renaissance bodies, beauty, masculinity, and fashion and adornment.  Dr. McCall contributed to the conference “Italian Renaissance Studies: New Research Directions” at the University of Melbourne, delivered the Mary L. Heuser Memorial Lecture in Art History at Wheaton College (MA), gave the keynote lecture at Oklahoma State University’s Art History Senior Symposium, and presented at the USC-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Annual Conference “The Ephemerality and Durability of Early Modern Visual and Material Culture” in Los Angeles.  McCall delivered invited lectures at the University of Edinburgh, and, closer to home, at Ursinus College (the latter with his colleague Maghan Keita).  Dr. McCall additionally presented a paper on fake pearls at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a talk on a Milanese gift of clothing to Lorenzo de’ Medici at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in New York. 

He is currently working on a number of projects, including a state of the field essay on the study of Renaissance clothing and fashion for the journal Renaissance Quarterly, and a chapter on the material culture of Renaissance diplomacy (co-authored with Sean Roberts).

Dr. McCall in June 2014 served as visiting international professor at Shanghai University where he offered the course "Leonardo da Vinci as Italian Renaissance Court Artist."  For the art and art history community at Shanghai University, he presented the lecture "Materiality, Clothing, and Embodied Phenomena in Renaissance Italy."  For the Shanghai Mass Art Center, he additionally delivered the talk "Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Cecilia Gallerani and Italian Renaissance Lords and Lovers."  

Bernard F. Reilly, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, has published “The Chronica Latina Regum Castellae: Historical Composition at the Court of Fernando III of Castile, 1217-1252,” inViator 41, (2010): 141-154. Viator is the journal of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies of UCLA.  He recently presented a paper, “Alfonso VI of León-Castile (1065-1109) and His Bishops,"  at a conference, “Alfonso VI en Nueva York, Encuentro de Estudiosos con Ocasión del IX Centenario de la Muerte del Rey Alfonso VI (1109-2009),”  held at New York University. The conference was intended to serve as introduction to another, three-day conference on the same theme, to be held in León and Sahagún, Spain, in October '09.  In May, Professor Reilly presented a paper, “Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada: Writing History in Thirteenth-century Iberia,” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Western Michigan University. His was one of a series of papers given at three panels there in order to celebrate the 80th birthday of the historian of medieval Spain, Professor Joseph F. O’Callaghan, emeritus from Fordham University.

Dr. Paul Rosier, professor and chair of the history department, served as a Guest Editor of the October 2012 issue of Environmental Justice, “Environmental Justice in the New Global Economy: Three Case Studies."  He published the entry “Geronimo" for the Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia (2013), and two book reviews: Indians & Energy: Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest, Sherry L. Smith and Brian Frehner, Eds. The Journal of American History (2013); and Adrea Lawrence, Lessons From An Indian Day School: Negotiating Colonization in Northern New Mexico, 1902-1907History of Education Quarterly (2013). In November 2012 he gave a Native American Heritage Month presentation at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.  In May 2013 Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences gave him the Veritas Award for Research Excellence. 

Joseph G. Ryan, O.S.A., Ph.D., has written an article entitled, "Doctor Gunning S. Bedford (1806–70) and the Search for Safe Obstetric Care, 1833–70," which was published in the August 2008 issue of the Journal of Medical Biography.

Dr. Cristina Soriano, Assistant Professor of Latin American History, presented her paper "Contagious Literacies: Libraries, Readers and Reading Practices in Venezuela during the Age of Revolutions, 1770-1810" at the Conference "Community Libraries, Connecting Readers in the Atlantic World, c.1650-c.1850" organized at the University of Liverpool, January 2014. She recently presented her paper: "The Power of the Voice: Imperial Anxieties and Rumors of Revolution in Venezuela, 1789-1799" at the Post Doctoral Seminar "Cultural Encounters: Global Perspectives and Local Exchange, 1750-1940" organized by Some Institutes of Advance Studies, at the National Humanities Center, North Carolina, August 2014. 

Dr. Soriano was awarded the Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Scholar Award to pursue research at the Archival Collection of the University of New Mexico, Alburqueque.  During the academic year of 2014-2015, Dr. Soriano will be sabbatical leave, completing her manuscript “Tides of Revolution: Information and Political Mobilization in Venezuela, 1789-1808.” 

Dr. Paul Steege was invited to conduct a seminar in September for the Working Group: The Everyday and the Ordinary, which is part of the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His contributions to a forum on Everyday Life (Altagsgeschichte) in Nazi Germany have been published in German History: The Journal of the German History Society (October, 2009), 27:4, 560-579. The panel for the forum was comprised of historians from Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United States. Dr. Steege is also the author of Black Market, Cold War: Everyday Life in Berlin, 1946–1949, and Cambridge University Press has issued the book in a paperback edition. Dr. Steege was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article in April '12 entitled, "Rewriting History."

Dr. Mark Sullivan, assistant professor of art history, published an article in The Concord Saunterer entitled “Henry David Thoreau in the American Art of the 1950s” (New Series, 18, 68-88. He gave the talk “Picturing Thoreau in the 21st Century” at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, MA.  Dr. Sullivan published a review of Patrick Chura's "Thoreau the Land Surveyor" in the Journal of the Civil War Era for March, 2012 (pp. 84-85). He gave a talk entitled "Picturing Thoreau in the 21st Century" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 20th.

Dr. Alexander Varias presented “Echoes of the Spanish Civil War: the Siqueiros-Trotsky ‘Encounter’ in Mexico City, 1940” in early May at a meeting of the International Conference on the Arts in Society in Berlin at the Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In June, articles by Dr. Varias on Italian Neo-Realism and on Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” were included in the collection, Movies in American History, published by ABC-CLIO Books. Last March Dr. Varias offered an experimental course on Greece at Chestnut Hill College that included a two week trip to Greece. The course was made possible by a grant from Harvard University’s Center of Hellenic Studies in Nafplion, Greece.

Dr. Rebecca Winer was on research leave 2012-13 as the Maurice Amado Foundation Fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. This past June Dr. Winer was an invited speaker at an international interdisciplinary symposium on the history of bresatfeeding, motherhood and childcare entitled ”From wet nurses to milk banks” at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Her most recent article: “The Mother and the Dida (Nanny): Female Employers and Wet Nurses in Fourteenth-Century Barcelona” will appear inMedieval and Renaissance Lactations: Images, Rhetorics, Practices (Ashgate Pulbishing) in September 2013.

On November 6, 2013 Dr. Winer will join the International “RelMin” research team based at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange-Guépin in Nantes, France in their work on the legal status of religious minorities in medieval Europe. Dr. Winer is an invited speaker at their symposium “Family bonding and sexual practices in multi-confessionnal societies: what judicial consequences?”

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