On Tuesday, 28 November, the students in Waitman Beorn’s class, “Curating the Past,” debuted their exhibition, “Contested Spaces: Examining the Past, Present, and the Forgotten at the University” in the atrium of Nau Hall. The six posters, each of which treats an aspect of the history of UVa, represent the collaborative efforts of six groups of four students. Beorn, who kicked off the event, was followed at the podium by Aswanth Samuel, one of the students in the class who had been elected by his peers to speak, and Mark Edmundson, Professor of English. After the unveiling of the posters, the students fielded questions from the sizeable audience. The posters and their creators are: “Introduction: Contested Spaces” by Olivia Tate, Hannah Hicks, Anna Barr, and Lauren Woodrell; “Changing Names, Changing Values” by Lauren Staton, Lily Snodgrass, Gwynnie Powers, and Teresa Nowalk; “Voids: Spaces of Absence, Loss, and Memory” by Rachel Smith, Olivia Bousquette, Ashwanth Samuel, and Jane Diamond; “Buried Over Time: Cemeteries at UVa” by Liz Feeser, Ellen Adams, Sarah Barbour, and Laila Husain; “Changing Over Time” by Ethan Hyman, Addie Patrick, Ashley Botkin, and Gregroty Lee; and “Who is in Control?” by Maeve Jones, Chad Kamen, Shannon Spence, and Jesse Ginn. The project was sponsored by the University of Virginia Library , the University of Virginia Bicentennial, and Gropen.
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Danielle Bernstein, of the History Distinguished Majors Program, has written an article on the US Housing and Urban Development Department. Read it here: HUD's Problems are Bigger than Ben Carson: The Agency's Problem Isn't Personnel--It's Policy.
Department graduate student Erik Erlandson has written an op-ed for the Washington Post about tax reform and how government bureaucracy serves as a bulwark against hasty deregulation. Read the aritcle here: In Praise of Red Tape.
Delaware University professor Robert Hampel has dedicated his new book Fast and Curious: A History of Shortcuts in American Education (Rowman & Littlefield) to the history department's Michael Holt. Prof. Holt served as Hampel's undergraduate thesis advisor while at Yale. More information about Dr. Hampel's book, including a blurb by the history department's Joseph Kett, is available below and at the publisher's webpage, here.
Robert Hampel’s new book, Fast and Curious: A History of Shortcuts to
Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), starts with Norman Rockwell’s correspondence school and
ends with Evelyn Wood’s speed reading classes. Along the way he looks at Classic Comics, Paint by
Numbers, shorthand, Cliff Notes, phonetic spelling, Teach for America, three year bachelors degrees,
law school at the YMCA, and other streamlined paths to education.
Tuesday's election was a big night for Democrats, with major victories in Virginia and New Jersey. But as an off-year election, what it says about the state of national politics may be difficult to read. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Brian Balogh and yale's Joanne Freeman about how the importance of off-year elections has changed. Listen here.
Recent alumnus Frank Cirillo has written an article in response to White House chief of staff John Kelly's statement that the Civil War happened because of a "failure to compromise." Read it here.
A full video of October 11th's "A Recent History of the Alt-Right" conversation with Jamelle Bouie (Slate Magazine), Dahlia Lithwick (Slate Magazine), and Nicole Hemmer (Washington Post and Miller Center) is now available here.
Prof. Balogh has written an Op-Ed for the Washington Post about the Health Care debate. Read it here, "Donald Trump wants Association Health Plans’ to replace Obamacare. But are associations good for the nation’s health?"
Is taking a knee—the intersection of sports, politics and race—a “new” thing? Jennifer Keitt, talks with Brian Balogh about the current war being waged as athletes “take a knee” and once again the colliding of sports, politics and race in America. Listen here.
Professor Brian Balogh spoke to NPR's Jeremy Hobson about the gun control debate from the early days of the American republic. Listen to the segment here.
On October 10, the History Department held a panel on non-academic and non-tenure track jobs. Guest speakers all received their PhDs in a humanities field, and work in a non-academic or non-tenure track position: Matthew Gibson, Executive Director, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; Ed Barnaby, Senior Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Arts & Sciences; Nicole Hemmer, Assistant Professor, Miller Center; Eric Brandt, Assistant Director and Editor-in-Chief, University of Virginia Press; James Graham Wilson, Historian, U.S. Department of State; Holly White, Digital Projects Communications Coordinator, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture; and Brian Balogh, Professor of History, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History; Professor at the Miller Center; "Twentieth-Century History Guy" at BackStory Radio.
View video of the panel here.
Congratulations to Professor Erik Linstrum, whose book, Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire (Harvard, 2016 )has won the American Historical Association's 2017 George Louis Beer Prize for the best book in European international history since 1895! Read more about the prize here.
Professor Melvyn Leffler has written an article for USA Today about corporate taxes and a piece for Foreign Policy on the Trump administration's first year of policy. Read the articles here: "Corporate Tax Cuts Are Crazy: We Need More Money, Not Less," " The Worst 1st Year of Foreign Policy Ever."
Professor Neeti Nair has written and essya on Gandhi for Huffington Post India, read it here.
BackStory kicked off UVa's Bicenntenial Celebration this past weekend with a sold out show at the Paramount Theater. Watch it here.
The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has a featured article about the recent publications of Department historians, including PhD alum Brian Rosenwald's blog for the Washington Post. Read the article, Historians’ Scholarship Making Headlines.
Professor Brian Balogh and his BackStory.org collaborator, Ed Ayers, spoke to NPR's Jeremy Hobson about the intersection of sports, race, and politics in US history on Here & Now. Listen to their interview here: The Long History of Sports, Race and Politics in America.
On Tuesday, September 12, Drs. Elizabeth Varon, Gary Gallagher, and John Mason spoke to the UVa community about the role of history and memory in the Charlottesville Civil War memorial statues in light of the events of August 11-12, 2017. Watch a video of their talks here. Audio of the lively Q&A session that followed is forthcoming.
Professor Brian Balogh has spoken to Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about how presidents have often made controversial moves while public attention is focused elsewhere. Listen here, How Presidents Use Distractions To Get Things Done.
Wes Gobar, a Fourth-Year in the History Department's Distinguished Major Program has written a piece for the Washington Post on the events of August 12 and White supremacy. Read it here, "This IS us: Charlottesville represented something distinctly American. White supremacy."