We are saddened to acknowledge the passing of Abbott "Tom" Gleason, an esteemed teacher, scholar, mentor, colleague, and friend. The Providence Journal obituary can be found here. In an all-campus email, President Christina Paxson noted "we have lost a truly special part of the Brown community." Plans are underway for a campus memorial service at the start of the spring semester.
The History faculty has new books for your consideration. Professor Jennifer Johnson's The Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism will appear this November from University of Pennsylvania Press. Professor Caroline Castiglione's Accounting for Affection: Mothering and Politics in Early Modern Rome was published earlier this year. Professor Tim Harris is celebrating the paperback edition of Rebellion: Britain's First Stuart Kings, as well as a new collection of essays, The Final Crisis of the Stuart Monarchy. Professor Robert Self has a new article, "The Reagan Devolution: Movement Conservatives and the Right’s Days of Rage, 1988–1994" in Recapturing the Oval Office: New Approaches to the American Presidency, and Visiting Assistant Professor Kelly Colvin has published "'A Well Made Up Woman': Aesthetics and Conformity in Postwar France" in the October 2015 issue of French Historical Studies.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the dawn of the atomic age. The first detonation of a nuclear weapon at Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16,1945 was followed in short order by the first use of nuclear weapons in war, at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the months that followed, the scientific community and policy makers in the United States, the USSR, and elsewhere struggled to come to terms with the implications of what they had wrought.
The "70th Anniversary of the Atomic Age" lecture series is designed to launch a year-long discussion on campus that will focus on the origins and legacies of the atomic age. The list of invitees reflects the series’ broad scope and chronological reach. Our speakers focus both on early moments in this history, including the decisions to use the atomic bombs on Japan and survivors’ efforts to come to terms with their experiences. The series also explores the Soviet Union’s decision to launch a nuclear weapons program, and the histories of the industrial sites and communities devoted to the production of plutonium. All the speakers are historians, but the nature of their topics and expertise will appeal to an audience of diverse interests, ranging from international relations to environmental science, from physics to public history.
The next talk will be held on Thursday, October 29, at 4:00 PM in the Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center. Professor Kate Brown of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be giving a talk entitled: "Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters." We look forward to a spirited discussion.
Cristina Belli, a sophomore hailing from Nicaragua, shocked friends and family by deciding to concentrate in History. An internship with the National History Center in Washington DC in summer 2015 allowed Belli to collaborate on a new program to bring historical insight to policymakers. Belli recounts her experiences on the blog of the American Historical Association.
Professor Françoise Hamlin's new book, These Truly Are The Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on War and Citizenship, which she co-edited with Professor A. Yemisi Jimoh of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was published this month by the University Press of Florida. The anthology brings together three centuries of poems, stories, plays, songs, essays, pamphlets, newspaper articles, speeches, oral histories, letters, and political commentaries that illuminate the wartime experiences of African-American service members and civilians. You can order a copy of the book and learn more about the anthology here.