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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 her book Transporting the Deceased to Eternity: The Ancient Egyptian Term HAi in the series British Archaeological Reviews with Archaeopress, 2010. In April '10, she presented her most recent field research on the decoration of the New Kingdom Theban Tombs in Oakland at the American Research Center in Egypt’s Annual Meeting. In December of that year Dr. Diamond spoke about her work in Luxor, Egypt with the Mummification Museum Lecture Series, and most recently, she was invited by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt to lecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s Archaeology and Anthropology Museum. 

Marc Gallicchio, Ph.D., professor of history, has written an essay entitled “Truman, Unconditional Surrender, and a New Deal for Japan,” which was published 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).  Dr. Gallicchio gave a luncheon address on “Encounters with Japan: Looking back over twenty-five years” at the regional conference of the History honors society, Phi Alpha Theta, hosted by Villanova on April 9, 2011. He also chaired a panel on “The United States Military in a New World” at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, in Alexandria, Virginia, June 23-25.  In August, Dr. Gallicchio was interviewed by Japanese Public Television (NHK) for a documentary on the history of the Northern Territories dispute.

In January 2011, Dr. Gallicchio led an all-day workshop for middle school and high school teachers on the League of Nations and United Nations at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. His review of Roger Dingman, Deciphering the Rising Sun: Navy and Marine Corps Codebreakers, Translators, and Interpreters in the Pacific War was published in the February 2011 Pacific Historical Review.

Last year Dr. Gallicchio wrote the book, The Scramble for Asia: U.S. Military Power in the Aftermath of the Pacific War, which has been published by Rowman & Littlefield.  Also, his edited volume, The Unpredictability of the Past: Memories of the Asia Pacific War in U.S.-East Asian Relations, has been published by Duke University Press.  His review of Russell D. Buhite, Douglas MacArthur: Statecraft and Stagecraft in America’s East Asian Policy was published in the Pacific Historical Review (February 2010). Dr. Gallicchio presented a paper in May on "Truman, Unconditional Surrender, and a New Deal for Japan” at the 2010 Symposium, which was sponsored by the Truman Little White House on the The Legacy of Harry S. Truman in East Asia. The conference aired on C-Span. He also presented a paper in June entitled “Nation Building for Dummies: The United States and the Occupation of Japan,” as part of a panel on America and Nation Building since World War II at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in Madison Wisconsin.

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. Giesberg has also written the article, “The Work That Remains,” which is published in The Civil War Monitor (Fall 2011), 38-45. The article looks at the efforts of women to find and bring home the bodies of slain family members from Civil War battlefields. In addition, she has co-edited the October 2011 edition of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. CXXXV,  No. 4. This is a special issue commemorating the sesquicentennial of the start of the American Civil War.  Two former Villanova graduate students and one currently enrolled M.A student wrote articles for the journal: Colleen Rafferty (M.A. 2006), "The Records of Camp William Penn";  Dane DiFebo (M.A. 2011), "Old Baldy: A Horse’s Tale";  and Emily Hatcher, "The Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and the Civil War."   Dr. Giesberg also served as moderator for a discussion with Tony Horwitz on his new book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, at the Constitution Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.

Dr. Christopher Haas authored a review of B. Mojsov, "Alexandria Lost: From the Advent of Christianity to the Arab Conquest" (London: Duckworth, 2010), in The Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.05.54.  Last year he 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. Lynne 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. Lynne 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. Dr. Huss’ current scholarly work involves the compiling, cataloging, transcribing, and editing of a large collection of unpublished Civil War letters of Major Griffith Jones, 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, which has been supported in part by two SEPCHE faculty-student research grants (Summer 2008 & Summer 2009), as funded by the Barra Foundation. Recently, Dr. Huss 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., was the Guest editor of a Special Issue of Ambix: Chemistry in the Aftermath of World Wars, 58/2 (July 2011), and authored the essays included in the special issue: “Preface: Reflections on War and the Changing Perception of Chemistry” (99-100), and “Introduction: Crisis, Change and Creativity in Science and Technology: Chemistry in the Aftermath of Twentieth-Century Global Wars” (101-115).  As president of the Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry ([CHMC] in the Division of History of Science and Technology, International Union for History and Philosophy of Science), Dr. Johnson convened an international symposium of the CHMC, “Renewing the Heritage of Chemistry in the 21st Century:  Conversations on the Preservation, Presentation and Utilization of Sources, Sites and Artefacts,” with papers in English and French, which met in Paris, June 21-24, 2011.  The conference abstracts volume was co-edited by Johnson, Robert Fox, and Danielle Fauque.

Dr. Johnson gave a presentation entitled “Research Institutes and the Regimentation of German Science: The Impact of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes, 1912-1945,” to 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, HI on Jan. 11, 2012. He gave a second presentation entitled “The Regimentation of Chemical Education in National Socialist Germany” to Modern German History Workshop at Swarthmore College on March 31, 2012.  As first in a series of lectures commemorating the institute’s centennial, Dr. Johnson gave an invited talk entitled “Die Gründung und Entwicklung des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituts für Chemie in historischer Perspektive“ (The founding and development of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry in historical perspective), to Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany on Jan. 26, 2012.  He gave a second invited talk entitled “The Regimentation of Chemical Education in Nazi Germany,” to Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, Feb. 21, 2012.

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.  Dr. Keita also published an essay titled "Malcom X in the Company of Thinkers," in James L. Conyers, Jr., and Andrew P. Smallwood, eds. Malcom X: A Historical Reader (Durham: Carolina Press, 2007).

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, an associate professor of history, published a book review of Mithi Mukherjee, India in the Shadows of Empire: A Legal and Political History, 1757-1950, in Journal of Colonialism  and Colonial History, 12, 3 (Winter 2011). She was invited to give a talk titled “Lay of the Land: British India’s Northwest Frontier in Historical Perspective,” at an international conference organized by the South Asia Institute at Columbia University on, “Beyond Security: Democratic Contestations in Pakistan and Bangladesh” (October 2011). Earlier she published an editorial on the case of Raymond Davis, the CIA operative, currently in custody in Lahore, in The Dawn (Pakistan's largest English language daily newspaper). In addition, Dr. 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 BankIn 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. Kolsky was 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, Dean of Graduate 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 “Pier Maria’s Legacy: (Il)legitimacy, Inheritance, and Rule of Parma’s Rossi Dynasty,” in Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy: Making the Invisible Visible through Art and Patronage, ed. Katherine McIver (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), 33-54.

Dr. McCall also presented “Male Beauty and Nobility in Quattrocento Courts,” at the conference “Beauty and Morality in the Italian Renaissance,” at St. Edmunds Hall, Italian Studies, Oxford University, October 2011 and “Pomposo un pocho: Courtliness, Fashion, and Signorial Power,” to a research seminar in medieval and early modern Italian history, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, School of Advanced Study, January 2012.

Earlier, he presented the paper “Pier Maria Rossi’s Fair Pilgrim: Bianca Pellegrini and the Construction of Signorial Power,” at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Montreal in March 2011. The following June, he presented in Florence, Italy “The Adorned Male Bodies of Quattrocento Signori" at the conference "The Material Culture of Signori," part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Villa I Tatti, Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In September, Dr. McCall gave the annual art history ARTalks lecture at Bowling Green State University, entitled "Fashion, Power, and Brilliant Male Bodies on Display in Fifteenth-Century Italy.” He also published a review of Carolyn Springer's Armour and Masculinity in the Italian Renaissance (University of Toronto Press, 2010) in the journal Renaissance Quarterly.

Last year Dr. McCall spent the academic year in Florence, Italy as the Robert Lehman Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.  He presented the paper "Beauty, Brilliant Bodies, and Signorial Sexuality in Fifteenth-Century Courts," at the Villa I Tatti,  and also published an article, “‘Traffic in Mistresses’: Sexualized Bodies and Systems of Exchange in the Early Modern Court,” in Sex Acts: Practice, Performance, Perversion, and Punishment in Early Modern Italy, ed. Allison Levy (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), 125-136.  Dr. McCall was featured in the Italian newspaper, Libero, where his article describes the edited volume, Sex in the Renaissance.  He previously published three articles  -- the first, “The Gendering of Libertas and the International Gothic: Carlo Crivelli’s Ascoli Annunciation,” appeared in Studies in Iconography 30 (2009), 168-197. The second, “Visual Imagery and Historical Invisibility: Antonia Torelli, her Husband, and his Mistress in fifteenth-century Parma,” was published in Renaissance Studies 23 / 3 (2009), 269-287. The third, “Il commercio delle amanti a corte. Corpi erotici e sistemi di scambio all’inizio dell’epoca moderna,” was featured in Sesso nel Rinascimento: pratica, perversione e punizione nell'Italia rinascimentale, ed. Allison Levy, trans. Monica Martignoni and Tiziana Gambardella (Florence: Le Lettere, 2009), 119-131.

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,” in Viator 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, has published her article “Revolutionary Voices: The Presence of Visitors, Fugitives and Prisoners from the French Caribbean in Venezuela (1789-1799) in Storia e Futuro, Rivista di Storia e Storiografia, University of Bologna, No. 30, November 2012. She also presented her papers: “The Written Expansion of a ‘Disease:’ Revolutionary Texts and Reading Practices in Late Colonial Venezuela, 1789-1810” at the TePaske Conference in Colonial Latin America held in Duke University, North Carolina, March 22-23, 2013, and “Rumors, Readings and Social Networks of Information in the Republican Conspiracy of La Guaira, Venezuela 1796-1798” at the Latin American Studies Association organized in Washington D.C., May 31- June 2, 2013.

Dr. Soriano was also invited to participate, along with other nineteen researches from both sides of the Atlantic, in the post-doctoral Seminar “Cultural Encounters: Global Perspectives and Local Exchange, 1750-1940” organized by  Some Institutes of Advance Studies (SIAS), in particular the National Humanities Center and the Wissenschaftskolleg of Berlin. During the month of August, 2013 she attended the seminar in Berlin, and she plans to participate in the second part of the seminar next summer 2014 in North Carolina, US. Dr. Paul Steege is featured in a Philadelphia Inqurier in an article entitled, "Rewriting History."  

Dr. 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 also published five entries in the new Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (NY, 2011). He has published a review of Elisabeth Hodermarksy’s book, John La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890-1891 in the February 2011 issue of Choice Magazine.  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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