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2014

  • December

  • October

    • Fourteenth century depiction of the torturing and execution of witches

      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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  • September

    • 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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  • August

    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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  • June

    • 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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    • New Courses for Fall

      June 24, 2014

      What do time, Abraham Lincoln and LGBT history have in common? They’re all topics you can learn about in these new fall courses!

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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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  • May

  • March

    • 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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  • February

    • 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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  • January