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History News

  • 2015

    • Finding a Major That Fits

      July 14, 2015

      When it comes to choosing the path to your career, Lloyd Ackert firmly believes in exploration. As a young man, he headed to the University of Minnesota with the intention of studying English. That changed.

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    • Turning “Us” and “Them” into “We” Again: Former UN Ambassador Will Discuss American Community

      March 19, 2015

      In a public discussion, entitled “Renewing the American “We”: What We Owe James Wilson,”
      Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella (Ret.), distinguished visiting fellow in the Center for Public Policy in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will share his thoughts on how we can – and why we must – renew our sense of American community in polarized times and what “forgotten founder” and Pennsylvania native James Wilson has to say about our current situation. The event will take place at the National Constitution Center’s Kirby Auditorium (525 Arch St., Philadelphia) on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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  • 2014

    • Call for Participants: 2015 Summer Institute: Standards in Society

      December 18, 2014

      The history program at Drexel University invites applications from graduate students in all disciplines for participation in a two-week summer institute, “Standards in Society,” to be held in Philadelphia, July 12-25, 2015.

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    • Newt Eyes and Dragon Scales: A Halloween Q+A on the History of Witchcraft

      October 27, 2014

      With Halloween on the horizon, DrexelNow reached out to Jonathan Seitz, PhD, director of undergraduate studies and associate teaching professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences, who will be teaching a new course on the history of witchcraft during the winter term. He also authored the book “Witchcraft and Inquisition in Early Modern Venice” (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and is currently conducting research exploring magic and witchcraft practices closer to home — in Pennsylvania around 1700 and in more recent times.

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    • New Winter Courses

      September 25, 2014

      Study the history of witchcraft, understand the politics of disability, or learn about sleep and its disorders in these new courses.

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    • New Faculty in the Department of History & Politics

      September 22, 2014

      The Department of History and Politics welcomes its new faculty members! Please join us in giving a warm greeting to the following individuals.

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    • History Faculty Awarded NIST Grants for Projects on Global History of Standards

      September 19, 2014

      With recent funding from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (the federal agency founded over a century ago as the National Bureau of Standards), four Drexel historians—Scott Knowles, PhD, Sharon Ku, PhD, Tiago Saraiva, PhD, and Amy Slaton, PhD—have begun a set of new teaching and research projects centered on the global history of standards: the practices and protocols that hover behind nearly every aspect of our modern lives.

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    • Political Scientist Weighs in on Ferguson, Missouri, Ebola, Political Corruption and More

      August 28, 2014

      William Rosenberg, PhD, professor of political science, continues to be a hot ticket commentator on a variety of political topics. Rosenberg most recently appeared on the talk show panel "Fresh Outlook Today" on EBRU-TV, where he shared his perspectives on Ferguson, MO, the Ebola patient situation, political corruption and targeted repression of journalists, and the tough choices President Obama faces in Syria.

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    • Incoming Political Science Prof Wins Dissertation Awards

      August 28, 2014

      Phillip Ayoub, PhD, assistant professor of political science, is the recipient of three highly esteemed awards! Ayoub has been named the 2014 winner of the American Political Science Association Human Rights Section award for the Best Dissertation in two categories: Human Rights and Sexuality & Politics. His dissertation, “When States ‘Come Out’: The Politics of Visibility and the Diffusion of Sexual Minority Rights in Europe” also won Cornell University’s Esman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship.

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    • Poster Professor For Interdisciplinary Learning

      August 25, 2014

      If Lloyd Ackert, PhD, had been given a career aptitude test when he was a high school student, the checkboxes measuring skills, interests, and values would never have produced the varied, sometimes bizarre, but surprisingly fitting list of jobs held by the son of a farm girl from Maine and a fern-picker from Vermont. Russian cryptological linguist specialist. Turkey leg-griller. Ice cream truck driver. Professor. Air force crewmember.

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    • Losing Your Job Could Kill You, But Recessions Could Be Good For Your Health

      July 28, 2014

      Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. Sound paradoxical? Researchers thought so too.

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    • The Future of Urban Farms

      June 25, 2014

      Urban farms have been popping up in cities all over the world with benefits ranging from local food production and neighborhood beautification to job creation and crime reduction. But what happens when the funding used to start these farms runs out?

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    • Ignoring the Evidence at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

      June 23, 2014

      The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict ended, for me, not with a bang but with a tiny symbol of my irrelevance. As I stood, furiously tweeting, after the summit’s closing plenary, I was literally pushed aside by a bodyguard to Angelina Jolie. (Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie was a co-host of the summit, with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.)

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    • 2014 Honors Societies Inductions

      June 12, 2014

      The Department of History and Politics congratulates our 2014 honors societies inductees! Twenty-four students qualified to join the national honors societies for history and political science, demonstrating high academic achievement and commitment to their disciplines. Inductees were honored at receptions in late May.

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    • Q&A With Kathryn Steen: 2014 Awardee of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

      June 06, 2014

      The Department of History and Politics congratulates Kathryn Steen, PhD, associate professor of history, on receiving the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. This is not the first teaching award Steen has earned; in 2006, she also received the University's award for junior faculty, the Allan Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence.

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    • How Can You Make Science News Better? Ask a Historian or Sociologist of Science

      June 05, 2014

      The nuanced reality of scientific and medical research is almost always a little more complicated than the attention-grabbing headlines claim. Even experienced health and science journalists struggle with how to balance reporting the news of the day with the broader context of what scientists really know so far.

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    • Q&A with Political Science Alum Cassandra King-Burgos

      May 27, 2014

      Cassandra King-Burgos, BA '12, is wrapping up her first year at Rutgers University New Brunswick. She is studying political theory and women and politics, and is the recipient of a Rutgers Excellence Fellowship, which funds four years in the PhD program.

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    • A Q&A with Scott Barclay on Pennsylvania and Marriage Equality

      May 21, 2014

      On May 20, 2014, a federal judge overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, making the Commonwealth the 19th state to legalize same-sex marriage. We caught up with Political Science Professor Scott Barclay, PhD, to learn more about the decision.

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    • Political Science Alum Talks Political Theory, Graduate School and Steps for Success

      May 12, 2014

      Political science alum Adrienne Girone, BA '13, has been accepted into the PhD program at Vanderbilt University. Her fellowship will fund five years of study in their political science program.

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    • History and Politics Faculty Bringing Home the Gold‬‬

      May 01, 2014

      The ‪Department of History and Politics would like to congratulate two of our faculty members who have just received awards from the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • The People’s Politics in Venezuela: A Q&A With George Ciccariello-Maher

      March 23, 2014

      George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, an assistant professor who specializes in social movements and political theory, recently returned from Cairo, Egypt and Amman, Jordan, where he spoke in commemoration of the year anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s death, as well as the 25th anniversary of a wave of major riots and massacres in Venezuela. Invited by the countries’ Venezuelan embassies, Ciccariello-Maher addressed crowds on the lessons learned from the 1989 rebellion, the ongoing clashes in Venezuela, and the parallels between all three countries’ political unrest.

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    • Celebrating Drexel’s Authors: Rose Corrigan Publishes “Up Against a Wall: Rape Reform and the Failure of Success”

      March 12, 2014

      In honor of the recent event “Celebrating Drexel’s Authors” which featured the University’s authors and editors who published books in 2013, the Department of History and Politics congratulates Rose Corrigan, PhD, on her book

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    • Drexel Professor’s New Film Tells Untold Story of Black American Soldiers in Great Britain during World War II

      March 10, 2014

      During World War II, more than a million African Americans fought in a segregated and discriminatory U.S. military. A landmark new documentary, “Choc'late Soldiers from the USA,” produced by Drexel University writing professor Gregory Cooke, tells the compelling, previously untold story of 140,000 of these African American men and women who were stationed in Great Britain, and how they crossed a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond.

      The film will make its Philadelphia debut at Drexel on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium of the Bossone Research Center (3120 Market St.). A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the screening from 8 – 9 p.m.

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    • Archives, Artifacts, and the Hogwarts Express: Winter Research Excursion in London

      March 04, 2014

      Sometimes the quest for research leads to amazing places. For four Drexel history majors and their senior thesis faculty supervisor, that place was London. For five winter days, Sam Coppell, Zachary Cohen, Edward Stroud and Ulric Miller, along with history professor Lloyd Ackert, PhD, immersed themselves in research and the archives at the British Library, gathering materials for their senior theses.

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    • Deadly Protests in Ukraine: What’s Next for this Divided Country?

      February 24, 2014

      Escalating political violence reached a boiling point this week in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev as more than 75 people were killed and hundreds more seriously injured in clashes between protesters who are seeking the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych and security forces loyal to his government.

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    • Bill Rosenberg on the State of the Union, Spin and “Grand Political Theater”

      February 13, 2014

      Bill Rosenberg, PhD, professor of political science and resident expert on political opinion and media, calls the State of the Union speech a moment of pomp and circumstance and yes, some political theater. When we sat down with Professor Rosenberg to get his perspective on President Obama’s 2014 address, he contrasted today’s State of the Union speeches with those of centuries past.

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    • Meet One of History & Politics Newest Faculty Members

      February 04, 2014

      Hailing from Albany, NY, Ali Kenner, PhD, is a new assistant professor whose research focuses on Science, Technology and Society (STS). In this Q&A, Kenner talks about her role at the Cultural Anthropology journal and her new experiences since moving to Philly.

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    • Bob Brehm and Scott Gabriel Knowles

      After Building Collapse, Two Drexel Profs Will Help Philadelphia Move Forward

      January 23, 2014

      Bob Brehm came to Drexel to get away from the news cameras, but he found himself in front of them after Philadelphia's deadly Market Street building collapse in June 2013. Now he and another Drexel professor, Scott Gabriel Knowles, are stepping up to help the city in the collapse's wake.

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    • How Two Drexel Professors Will Help Philadelphia Move Forward After Last Summer's Building Collapse

      January 23, 2014

      Bob Brehm along with Scott Gabriel Knowles are among 12 people appointed in November by Mayor Michael Nutter to a commission to investigate the city's Department of Licenses & Inspections in the wake of the deadly June collapse that destroyed an adjacent Salvation Army building at 2138 Market St. and determine how such tragedies can be prevented in the future.

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  • 2013

    • Scott Barclay, PhD, Discusses Status of Same-Sex Marriage Laws in Light of NJ Ruling

      October 28, 2013

      Following New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s appeal-withdraw, Scott Barclay, PhD, discusses the status of same-sex marriage laws in the U.S.

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    • Are We Prepared for Another Hurricane Sandy? Disaster Prevention Expert Available to Comment

      October 17, 2013

      As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, disaster prevention/planning expert Scott Gabriel Knowles, PhD is available to discuss what has changed since Sandy and whether or not we’re prepared for future natural disasters.

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    • Q&A With Daniel Friedheim: U.S. Policy in Syria Today

      September 17, 2013

      With a heated debate raging over what actions should be taken in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected chemical attack thought to have killed more than 1,000 civilians—including hundreds of children—DrexelNow checked in with Daniel Friedheim to hear his thoughts on a possible military strike against Syria.

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      Q&A With Daniel Friedheim: U.S. Policy in Syria Today

      September 13, 2013

      With a heated debate raging over what actions should be taken in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected chemical attack thought to have killed more than 1,000 civilians—including hundreds of childrenDrexelNow checked in with Daniel Friedheim to hear his thoughts on a possible military strike against Syria.

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    • 'We Created Hugo Chávez'

      'We Created Hugo Chávez'

      August 30, 2013

      In this excerpt from his recently released book, Drexel political science professor George Ciccariello-Maher argues that discussions about Venezuelan politics far too often focused on Hugo Chávez, the man who sat in the president’s office, rather than the movement—and the people—who put him there.

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    • Memorial Announced for Dr. Nunzio Pernicone

      August 14, 2013

      The Department of History & Politics and the College of Arts & Sciences will host a memorial in honor of Dr. Nunzio Pernicone on Thursday, September 26, at 5:30, in the Drexel Picture Gallery

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    • History and Politics Department Head Discusses Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA and Prop 8

      June 26, 2013

      Dr. Scott Barclay discusses the impact of today's long-anticipated Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 and how the decisions will affect same-sex couples in California and across the country.

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    • 2013 Pi Sigma Alpha Initiates

      June 07, 2013

      In a ceremony on Monday, June 3, the Department of History & Politics welcomed the 2013 initiates to the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. Each spring, the department invites new members to Drexel's local chapter.

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    • Passing of Dr. Nunzio Pernicone, Department of History & Politics

      May 31, 2013

      It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Nunzio Pernicone, professor in the Department of History and Politics.

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    • New History Honor Society Members

      May 30, 2013

      In a ceremony on Thursday, May 23, the Department of History & Politics welcomed the 2013 initiates to the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. Each spring, the department invites new members to Drexel's local chapter.

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    • Spring Fling

      May 16, 2013

      The Science, Technology and Society program will host a “Spring Fling” on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at 1st Floor Gallery of the Intercultural Center (30 S. 33rd Street). The Spring Fling is an opportunity for current and prospective STS students to swap tales and eat food with the program director, faculty, classmates, and alumni as we celebrate the new STS faculty, recently published faculty books and research, and most importantly “What’s New” in STS.

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      Q&A with Scott Barclay: The Future of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

      May 15, 2013

      Minnesota recently became the 12th state to pass a same-sex marriage bill in the United States—now one third of the nation is making strides toward gender and sexual equality. Drexel’s Dr. Scott Barclay, head of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History and Politics, weighs in on this trend and the remaining states hanging in the marriage-equality balance.

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    • History and Politics Department Head Explores the Future of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.

      May 14, 2013

      With Minnesota’s Senate becoming the 12th governing body to pass a same-sex marriage bill in the United States, Dr. Scott Barclay weighs in on the third of the nation that’s making strides towards gender and sexual equality, and the remaining states hanging in the marriage balance.

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    • Finding Galileo Galilei

      May 06, 2013

      In the spirit of this year’s Great Works Symposium theme, “Frontiers in Science,” Dr. Jonathon Seitz and Dr. Lloyd Ackert from the Department of History and Politics co-led a winter course entitled "Celebrity Science: Heretics and Geniuses."

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    • The History & Politics Department Presents:  
      Arab Springs: The Heavy Burden the Middle East Conflict Has Imposed on Both Arabs & Israelis

      April 09, 2013

      The Middle East Conflict has imposed heavy burdens on both Arabs and Israelis, but in a year when violence has erupted across many lands in this region for other reasons, it might be time not only to audit the costs of this protracted dispute but also to survey who actually pays and in what currency.

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    • Meet One of History and Politics' Newest Faculty Members

      April 02, 2013

      Dr. Graham joined the Department of History and Politics this fall as an assistant professor of politics. Her research focuses on international relations and institutions, and global environmental politics.

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    • Q&A with Bill Rosenberg: The GOP Seeks a New Way Forward

      March 27, 2013

      After a difficult election season that ended with Mitt Romney's loss to President Barack Obama, the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project released a report last week calling on the party to make sweeping changes in order to court younger voters.

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    • The London Trip: History & Politics Seniors Dive into Research

      March 18, 2013

      The Department of History and Politics added a new international experience to its Senior Thesis Program this year. Over winter break, seven history seniors and their thesis advisor, Dr. Lloyd Ackert, travelled to London to experience the UK archives and libraries up close.

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    • Q&A with George Ciccariello-Maher: The Death of Hugo Chávez

      March 07, 2013

      Hugo Chávez, longtime president of Venezuela and one of the most polarizing figures in world politics, passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer. In the wake of his passing, the reaction from Venezuela and elsewhere has been, fittingly, mixed. Some are mourning the passing of a man they saw as a revolutionary—a president who helped fight poverty and improve living conditions in the South American nation of nearly 30 million. Others believe Chávez was a tyrant who used his position to sidestep the democratic process and secure his place in power.

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    • The Failure of Rape Law Reform

      February 15, 2013

      Debates about the term “legitimate rape” and whether or not a woman’s body can prevent rape have permeated media coverage in recent months, shedding light on the fact that views about sexual assault victims continue to be outdated, biased and insensitive, and that victims still lack real rights and protections.

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    • Q&A with Bill Rosenberg: The Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama

      January 22, 2013

      Presidential inaugurations have been a part of American politics since the election of our first president. Though the ceremonial aspects vary from term to term, the tradition still remains mostly the same.

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  • 2012

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  • 2010

    • Department Head Search

      August 20, 2010

      The Department of History & Politics at Drexel University seeks a candidate for the position of Department Head.

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    • Amy Slaton and Mary Ebeling Receive Grant

      August 01, 2010

      COAS faculty members have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for their project, "Two-Year Colleges and the Invention of Nano-Labor: Between Promise and Possibility."

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    • Professor in the Department of History & Politics featured on NPR

      June 17, 2010

      Professor Amy Slaton was featured on The Takeaway on NPR.

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    • Dr. Kali Gross quoted in the Philadelphia Tribune

      April 01, 2010

      Dr. Kali Gross, Associate Professor and Director of Africana Studies, Department of History & Politics, was quoted in the Philadelphia Tribune about the Black Power Series held at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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    • Dr. Kali Gross Presents a Paper

      April 01, 2010

      Dr. Kali Gross, Associate Professor and Director of Africana Studies, Department of History & Politics, presented on a panel for “Race, Gender and Morality in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” at the 34th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies”, New Orleans, LA, March 18-21, 2010.

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    • Dr. Robert Zaller Appears in the Movie Art of the Steal

      February 01, 2010

      Dr. Robert Zaller, Professor of History, appears as an expert commentator (and action participant) in The Art of the Steal, a documentary on the Barnes Foundation which, after its premiere at the Toronto and New York film festivals, goes into general national release beginning February 26. The film will be shown locally at the Ritz Five and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

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    • Dr. Jonathan Seitz presented at History of Science Society's Annual Meeting

      February 01, 2010

      Dr. Jonathan Seitz, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of History & Politics, presented "Franciscans at the Boundaries of the Natural and the Permissible in Early Modern Venice" at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    • Dr. Amy E. Slaton Publishes Book

      February 01, 2010

      Dr. Amy E. Slaton, Associate Professor in the Department of History & Politics, published “Race, Rigor, and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering: The History of an Occupational Color Line” with Harvard University Press, 2010.

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    • Dr. Robert Zaller Publishes Book

      January 01, 2010

      Dr. Robert Zaller, Professor of History, has published The Classic Historians, a book of readings from Herodtus to the present, with Linus Publications.

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    • Dr. Robert Zaller Awarded Gemini Prize

      January 01, 2010

      Dr. Robert Zaller, Professor of History, is the co-recipient of the Gemini Prize in Poetry, awarded by Philadelphia Poets magazine.

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