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August 29, 2014

Oriana Shulevitz-Rosado, a junior History concentrator from Humacao, Puerto Rico, held a prestigious Karen T Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA) from the Dean of the College Office this summer to collaborate with Professor Nancy Jacobs in developing a new undergraduate seminar HIST 1970G: "The Recent History of Life on Earth: The Anthropocene." As Shulevitz-Rosado explains, "The Anthropocene is a human-driven geological age, which started around the nineteenth century and is characterized by rising green-house gases."

In addition to compiling a bibliography of recent scholarship and reviewing books and articles for possible inclusion on the syllabus, Shulevitz-Rosado prepared a research poster which she presented at the Undergraduate Research Fair on August 16. "The UTRA symposium was a great experience where I got to see and learn about a number of student projects from a variety of fields, as well as get the wonderful opportunity to describe my work to a group of students, professors, and friends," said Shulevitz-Rosado summing up her summer research experience. "Working so closely with Professor Jacobs allowed me to see firsthand the work and thought that goes into creating a class and the importance of primary source work. This summer has helped me gain a greater understanding of both the research and teaching side of history, which will be a great aid for when I begin my efforts to write an Honors thesis." Professor Jacobs concurred regarding the successful of the summer's collaboration: "Oriana brought an invaluable perspective and contributed a lot to the course design by recommending how to arrange the reading assignments. Additionally, I had been playing with some out-of-the-ordinary ideas for the research project and Oriana worked the kinks out of the system by preparing a model. A new syllabus can be a challenging project and it was great fun having a partner." Anthropocene UTRAAnthropocene UTRA

August 29, 2014

Mo Moulton, a 2010 Brown History Ph.D., has published Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England with Cambridge University Press. A full description of the book can be found here. As one reviewer in the Times Higher Education recently declared, “Moulton’s book is a tour de force, and a compelling argument for studying Irish and British history together.” Moulton is currently a lecturer in Harvard’s History and Literature Program. You can find an academic profile here, or follow Moulton on twitter @hammock_tussock

May 1, 2014

From May 26 to June 1, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague will host Jews and Gentiles in East Central Europe in the 20th Century, a conference bringing together young academics and graduate students from four continents to discuss Jewish-Gentile relations.

John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History Omer Bartov will serve as the keynote speaker, delivering a talk titled "The Voice of Your Brother's Blood: The Holocaust as Communal Genocide." Giving a glimpse into Bartov's forthcoming book about the town of Buczacz in eastern Galicia, the talk will examine how this community of coexistence between Jews and Gentiles transformed into a community of genocide during German occupation in WWII.

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April 30, 2014

So many History faculty have been honored over the past few weeks that it warrants a roundup that collects them all in one place! 

John Bodel was awarded an ACLS Fellowship for 2015 to write a book on the Roman funeral at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton next spring. In late May and June of this year he will also serve as Visiting Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics of the University of Queensland (Australia).

Along with a French collaborator, Michèle Brunet, Professor of Greek at the University of Lyon, Bodel has been awarded a 3-year grant by the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Partner University Fund (PUF) for their collaborative project, “Visible Words: Research and Training in Digital Contextual Epigraphy,” which they will pursue in 2014-2016 through a series of student and faculty exchanges and coordinated graduate seminars aimed at creating new metadata tools and contributing generally to the growing field of spatial digital humanities.

Lin Fisher has won the Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship for 2014-2015. This is the second year in a row that a History Department member has earned this prestigious internal award.

Caroline Frank and Evelyn Hu-Dehart have won a Seed Award for their project “Asia-Pacific in the Making of the America: Resources for Study.” This is a project to put the primary documents (and some secondary studies) that have resulted from a multi-year series of conferences and workshops on connections between Asia and the Americas at Brown online, to make them available to scholars interested in continuing study of Asia-America historical crossings.

Francoise Hamlin won the 2014 William G. McLoughlin Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences.

Joan Richards has won the Karen T. Romer Award for Excellence in Advising—a well-deserved tribute to Joan’s dedication to our students and our undergraduate program.

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