Department News

Jennifer Purcell, Associate Professor of History, presented the paper, "Grandma's lost her teeth!  Origins of the British sitcom on BBC radio, 1925-1939," at the Northeastern Conference on British Studies in Ottawa, which met on October 16 and 17.

George Dameron, Professor and Chair, was honored along with other past presidents of the New England Historical Association on the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of NEHA at the fall meeting of the organization at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut on October 23 and 24.  Dr. Dameron was Vice President of NEHA in 2005-2006 and President in 2006-2007.

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 24 (3) June 2015. DOI:10.1080/09612025.2014.964068. The article first appeared online on November 11, 2014. 

The Department of History is delighted to welcome Dr. Rowena He, Assistant Professor of History, as a new member of its faculty. She will be teaching courses on the history of East Asia, with a focus on contemporary and modern China. Among her many publications is Tiananmen Exiles:  Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), named one of the Top Five China Books of 2014 by the Asia Society's China File.  Recently, this fall Dr. He has been invited to lecture on several campuses, including Brandeis, NYU Law School, and Yale University.

History majors and minors are invited for free pizza and soft drinks on Monday, October 26, 5:30 pm (the Farrell Room) to hear members of the department briefly discuss their course offerings for the spring semester of 2016.

An essay by George Dameron (Professor and Chair), "Church and Orthodoxy," has just been published in Dante in Context, edited by Lino Pertile and Zygmunt Baranski (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2015). 

The 2014-2015 Norbert A. Kuntz Memorial lecturer was Dr. Charles F. Briggs, Lecturer, Department of History, The University of Vermont.  The title of his talk was "Thinking Globally About the Hundred Years War." 

The Spring 2015 induction of new student members into the Saint Michael's Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (the History honors society) took 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,"  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.

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