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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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CHNM Receives Grant from NEH for Papers of the War Dept., 1783-1800

CHNM Receives Grant from NEH for Papers of the War Dept., 1783-1800

Dr. Christopher Hamner and the Center for History and New Media received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the ongoing documentary editing project Papers of the War Department, 1783-1800. The project, a digital archive that restores the collection lost in the November 1800 fire that destroyed the War Office, was also designated one of the NEH’s “We the People” programs, recognizing work with special significance to the study and teaching of American history.

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Post-doc Fellows Move On

Post-doc Fellows Move On

Congratulations to Matt Romaniello (Russian) and Mary Gayne (early modern Europe), both Western Civilizaton post-doctoral fellows, who will be taking up tenure-track positions for next year. Matt will join the History Department at the University of Hawaii and Mary Gayne will be down the road at James Madison University.

Ph.D. Student Profiled in New Yorker

Ph.D. Student Profiled in New Yorker

One of our doctoral students, Rebecca Erbelding, is profiled in an article in the March 17,2008 issue of the New Yorker concerning her work as an archivist at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the museum’s acquisition of a newly discovered album of photographs taken at Auschwitz in 1944. The article is titled “Picturing Auschwitz” and is written by Alec Wilkinson. Becky completed her MA with us last year and is now finishing up her first year as a part-time student in our PhD program.

Robert Hawkes

Robert Hawkes

On Tuesday, March 4, the department lost a beloved former colleague, Dr. Robert T. Hawkes. Bob taught U.S. history at Mason for 37 years, retiring in 2006. He was one of the most popular teachers on campus, resulting both from his skill as an instructor and his extraordinary efforts to reach out to individual students to encourage their intellectual development.

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College is Home to Two Truman Scholarship Finalists

College is Home to Two Truman Scholarship Finalists

The finalists for the 2008 Harry S. Truman Scholarship – a prestigious, competitive program that provides $30,000 for graduate study – were recently named. The selection committee endorsed two Mason candidates with majors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences who showed impressive academic achievements, leadership skills and community involvement.

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