Department News

The Department of History is pleased to announce that its 2014-2015 Norbert A. Kuntz Memorial lecturer is Dr. Charles F. Briggs, Lecturer, Department of History, The University of Vermont.  The title of his talk is "Thinking Globally About the Hundred Years War."  It is at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24, in the Farrell Room (Saint Edmund Hall) on the campus of Saint Michael's College.

The Department of History is also pleased to announce that its spring semester 2015 program of senior theses presentations will take place on Saturday, April 25, Saint Edmund's Hall 101, 9 am-3 pm.

The Spring 2015 induction of new student members into the Saint Michael's Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (the History honors society) will take place on Friday, April 10, 11 am-12 noon, Eddie's Lounge.

Recent publications by members of the department include the following:

George Dameron, Professor and Chair, has learned that his peer-reviewed article, "Medieval Florence,"  has been accepted for publication and is forthcoming in the online Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, ed. Paul E. Szarmach (New York:  Oxford University Press).  His essay, "Angels, monsters, and hybridity in the Divine Comedy of Dante: ancient and Greek cultural legacies and Dante's critique of the Church," has appeared in Dante and the Greeks, edited by Jan M. Ziolkowski, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Humanities Series (Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 2014), 247-264.  His essay, “Church and Commune in Thirteenth Century Pistoia:  Grain and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy in Medieval Tuscany,” has just been published in The Late Medieval and Renaissance City-State and Beyond: Essays in Honour of M. E. Bratchel, edited by C. I. Hamilton and Anita Virga, in The South African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, vols. 22/23 (2012-2013), 23-38.  Another of his essays, "The Church as Lord," recently appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity, edited by John H. Arnold (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Kathryn R. Dungy, Assistant Professor of History, has published The Conceptualization of Race in Colonial Puerto Rico, 1800-1850 (New York:  Peter Lang, 2015).  The book is volume 47 of the series, Black Studies and Critical Thinking.

Jennifer Purcell, Assistant Professor of History, has published "'Behind the blessed shelter of the microphone': managing celebrity and career on the early BBC--Mabel Constanduros, 1925-1957," Women's History Review, DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2014.964068. The article appeared online on November 11, 2014, and it will be available in print in the third quarter of 2015.

Learn What Matters