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Mattusch Curates Popular Pompeii Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Mattusch Curates Popular Pompeii Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

The popular exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples has hosted over 150,000 visitors to date. It features luxurious works of art excavated from opulent houses of the urban elite in Pompeii and from nearby imperial villas on the Bay of Naples, all illustrating the region’s importance as an artistic center.

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Scully Awarded Brewer Prize

Scully Awarded Brewer Prize

Dr. Randolph Scully’s recent book, Religion and the Making of Nat Turner’s Virginia: Baptist Community and Conflict, 1740-1840, has been awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize for best first book in church history by the American Society of Church History.

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Hudgins Awarded CTAC Grant

Hudgins Awarded CTAC Grant

One of our Western Civilization Postdoctoral Fellows, Dr. Nicole Hudgins, was recently awarded a CTAC grant from the Center for Teaching Excellence for her proposal, “Critical Thinking on the Web: Assessing the Value of the Internet to the Practice of History.”

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Swanson is New Finley Scholar

Swanson is New Finley Scholar

The department welcomes Ryan Swanson as our Finley postdoctoral fellow for 2008-09. Professor Swanson completed his Ph.D. at Georgetown University in June 2008. His dissertation, "Jim Crow on Deck: Baseball During America’s Reconstruction," explores how racial segregation was implemented following the Civil War. He is teaching U.S. sports history this fall.

Kierner Joins History Dept. Faculty

Kierner Joins History Dept. Faculty

This fall the Department of History is pleased to welcome senior faculty member Cynthia A. Kierner. Dr. Kierner received her BA from McGill University and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. She comes to the department from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Dr. Carton Investigates “Zulu-ness” in New Book

Dr. Carton Investigates “Zulu-ness” in New Book

What does it mean to be Zulu today? Is this different from what it has meant in the past? A new book of analysis and insight, Zulu Identities: Being Zulu Past and Present, edited by Dr. Benedict Carton, along with John Laband and Jabulani Sithole, wrestles with these and many other questions to show how the traditions of a pre-industrial people have evolved into different cultural expressions of “Zulu-ness” in modern South Africa.

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