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«NIU History Department Newsletter 2013-2014 The last year has been a year of change for the Department of History. In July, I took over as Chair. In ...»

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NIU History Department



The last year has been a year of change for the Department of

History. In July, I took over as Chair. In addition to the change in the

Chair’s Letter chair position, Valerie Garver replaced Taylor Atkins as Director of

Undergraduate Studies. In the coming year, more shifts in

departmental administration will take place. After returning from a

fellowship in Ireland in January, Sean Farrell will become the new

Director of Graduate Studies, replacing Anne Hanley. In summer 2014, Trude Jacobsen will become the new Assistant Chair. We would like to thank Beatrix and Anne for their many years of outstanding service in administrative positions. In Spring 2013, Prof.

Michael Gonzales, Director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, retired. Many thanks to Michael for being a mainstay of the department in scholarship, service, and teaching.

As you will read in the stories that follow, the Department has had many successes in the past year. Our undergraduate students continue to amaze. We are particularly proud of history major Tom Bouril, who became NIU’s first ever finalist for the Rhodes scholarship.

In another highlight, our graduate students hosted a highly successful conference in honor of our late colleague Al Young.

Faculty continue to make outstanding contributions to scholarship and garner national and international awards, including a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship to Heide Fehrenbach.

We continue to face challenges on the intertwined issues of enrollment and budget, but we continue to provide excellent scholarship, teaching, and service with reduced resources. In this constrained environment, we appeal to alumni to encourage prospective students to consider Northern and the history major and to give to the department via the NIU Foundation whenever possible.

James Schmidt Undergraduate News When I began as Director of Undergraduate Studies in August, I knew From the I had big shoes to fill. Professor Taylor Atkins had ably filled the position for most of the ten years I had been at NIU. I’m sure man

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College of LAS Dean’s Award: Thomas Bouril Outstanding History Student: Natalie Cincotta and Benjamin Donovan Marvin Rosen Scholarship: Mike Kaczmarek Oscar Matasar Scholarship: Mike Kaczmarek and Benjamin Donovan Jeannie Hainds Scholarship: Brandon Phillips and Benjamin Donovan HIST 495 Research Paper Prize: Wayne Duerkes and Eric Spokas The David L. Wagner Medieval Studies Capstone Prize: Matthew Baker and Jennifer Wegmann-Gabb James Shirley Award in Asian History: Mike Kaczmarek James Shirley Essay Award: Rachel Krmenec and Emad Malick Hugh Jameson Graduate Student Essay Prize: Wayne Duerkes Alumna of the Year: Amy Powers J. Patrick White History Education Scholarship: Janette Clay, Fall 2013, and Rick Banik, Spring 2014 Runners up: Erica Williams, Fall 2013, and Ashley McMahon, Spring 2014 Honorable Mention: Kyle Neville, Fall 2013, and Aimee Berkowsky, Spring 2014 From the In the 2013-2014 academic year we welcomed 19 new students to our

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A highlight of the year was the 6th annual HGSA conference. This year’s conference was held in honor of the late Al Young, our eminent Professor Emeritus of Early American history who passed away in November 2012.

This year’s conference gathered Al Young’s former students and colleagues back in DeKalb to celebrate his life and his groundbreaking career. It featured a keynote address by Linda Kerber of the University of Iowa, and a roundtable discussion of Al Young’s scholarship by Terry Fife (History Works, Inc.), Mary Furner (UCSB), Allan Kulikoff (University of Georgia), Tom Arne Mitrød (Iowa), Wayne Bodle (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), and Aaron Fogleman of our own department. It was a wonderful day in which Al Young was honored not only by those who knew him, but by the legacy of exciting research by a new generation of historians. This year’s conference drew graduate students from Akron, Iowa, Loyola, Marquette, Northeastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, SUNY Buffalo, Heidelberg by way of Northwestern, and of course NIU.

Our public history program continues to grow and thrive. Almost one-third of our 35 MA students are earning their degree with a concentration in Public History. Rob Glover and Clint Cargile in the Public History program published books, Rob’s stemming from the local Sycamore History Museum exhibit, “Why Sycamore Works” and Clint’s growing out of a public history project about the Sycamore train depot. Many more held internships in libraries, museums, local archives and historical societies. An incoming MA student in the Public History program (fall 2014) got her start by discovering a box of family records in the attic! She was hired by the Regional History Center to catalog the collection, and will join the Regional History Center as the IRAD intern for the coming two years.

While our public historians are promoting the profession in the world outside academia, our MA and PhD students are hard at work on their original research to broaden, deepen, and extend our understanding of the past within the academy. Our graduate students in both the MA and Ph.D. programs presented original research at conferences and universities around the country, published articles in scholarly journals, and won local, national, and international grants. I encourage you to visit our 2013 and 2014 Graduate Student Accomplishments pages for a comprehensive list of these impressive young scholars.

This research activity is especially on display in the summer months, when the Graduate Committee offers grants to help fund the archival research needed to work on an MA essay or to do research on a PhD dissertation topic. These awards are possible thanks to the generous support of alumni contributions to the Earl W. Hayter and Alfred F. Young and History Department Foundation funds. In the summer of 2013 we were able to support the summer research trips of six graduate students. Another eleven will venture out this summer to conduct archival research on a range of topics including immigrant cultural assimilation through religious music, criminality in Early America, white slavery in Europe and North America, Irish nationalism and colonialism, and early modern European religious violence. A listing of award winners, along with summaries of their 2013 summer research, can be found on our web site. Keep an eye out this fall for reports on the upcoming summer research!

Most of our graduates in the 2013-2014 academic year came out of our M.A. program. All told, 10 students graduated from the master’s program between August 2013 and May 2014. In addition, we produced one newly minted Ph.D. Congratulations to Jamie Hink! Jamie, who studied with Professor Aaron Fogleman, is our 133rd doctoral degree recipient since we conferred our first degree in 1966. We wish good luck to her and to all of our graduates. We would love to update our Alumni page as well, so we hope all of you will keep in touch and send us your news!

On a final note, this will be my last newsletter. I am handing the reins of the History Graduate office over to Dr.

Sean Farrell after the close of the fall 2014 semester. It has been a privilege to work with this program.

Anne Hanley Graduate Accomplishments Scott Abel (PhD) has been awarded the Clark and Arlene Neher Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Southeast Asia for 2014-15. The fellowship comes with a tuition waiver and a stipend of $5200 for the academic year. Scott also has a FLAS Summer Fellowship for Indonesia and a FLAS Academic Year Fellowship for 2014-15.

He was named the Outstanding Graduate Student 2013-2014 from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He had an article accepted for publication in Explorations, a journal in Southeast Asian Studies based at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. The e-edition is available after June 1, 2014.

Krista Albers (MA) was awarded a FLAS Summer Fellowship for Vietnamese language at the Southeast Asian Studies Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this summer.

William Avila (MA) presented "Adult Comics: HIV/AIDS and Popular American Comic Books of the 1980s" at the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference held at Central Michigan University. It won "CMU's Women and Gender Studies Program Award," sponsored by the women and gender studies program for the best paper related to women's history, history of sexuality or gender studies. William received the Internship/Co-op Student of the Month Award for his internship at Rochelle's Flagg Township Museum in spring 2014.

Edward Bates (PhD) presented "Urban and Rural Agricultural Migrants from Mexico: Ethnic Labor Agencies and Government Programs in the Lredo-San Antonio Corridor, 1915-1925" at the Carter D. Carroll Excellence in History Awards at the College of DuPage on April 14, 2014.

Gregory Bereiter (PhD) submitted a chapter entitled "'They Do Not Tend Towards the Defense of Your Church':

Discerning Clerical Opposition to the Catholic League" for inclusion in a collective volume Aux frontières de la Ligue : Engagements catholiques (1584-1598), edited by French historians Sylvie Daubresse and Bertrand Haan (Paris: Presses universitaires Paris-Sorbonne, forthcoming). He received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2013-2014. Greg will be participating in a NEH Summer Seminar at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), entitled "Persecution, Toleration, Co-Existence: Early Modern Responses to Religious Pluralism". Greg presented a paper entitled "Taking Up the Sword of the Spirit? Clerical Participation in Sectarian Conflict during the Catholic League in Upper Languedoc" at the Western Society for French History annual conference in Atlanta, GA, on October 25, 2013.

Amando Boncales (MA) has a paper, "The Political and Historical Discourse of the Philippine Claim Over Sabah" accepted for the 2014 Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, sponsored by Project Southeast Asia at the University of Oxford.

Tracy Brindle (MA) was named the Outstanding Graduate MA Student in History 2013-2014.

Clinton Cargile (MA) has a new book, Five-Mile Spur Line: A Railroad History of Sycamore, Illinois, released in October 2013.

Katrina Chludzinski (PhD) presented a paper, “‘Among Pagodas and Fair Ladies’: British Ambiguities Concerning the ‘High Status’ of Burmese Women, 1870-1925”, at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 25-27, 2014. She was also awarded a Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship for Burmese language study in Myanmar this summer.

David Downs (PhD) was named the Outstanding Graduate PhD Student in History 2013-2014. David has also been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2014.

An article written by Nicole Dressler (PhD) and Ian Burns (PhD) about the NIU Graduate Student Conference

was recently published in the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s Uncommon Sense:

https://oieahc.wm.edu/ucs/young.html Wayne Duerkes (MA) was asked to be the guest speaker for the LaSalle County Historical Society on November 24, 2013.

Graduate Accomplishments (continued) Robert Fulton (PhD) has been awarded a prestigious Bourse Jeanne Marandon Fellowship for research in France in 2013-2014. Robert received the 2013 Outstanding PhD Graduate Student Award.

Scott Hanley (MA) has been awarded FLAS Summer and Academic Year Fellowships. Scott will be in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the summer.

Andres Hijar (PhD) who held a one-year dissertation completion fellowship at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL for 2013-2014, has accepted a tenure-track position (Latin America) in the History Department at Western Illinois University, beginning Fall 2014. Andres is completing his dissertation on labor rights in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution under the direction of Rosemary Feurer.

Adam Lopez (MA) received the Lundsford Fellowship for 2014-2015.

Isabelle Squires (MA) has been awarded FLAS Summer and Academic Year Fellowships for Tagalog. Isabelle will study Intermediate Tagalog in the Philippines over the summer.

Journey Steward (PhD) presented papers at two conferences this year, “Prostitution and American Immigration Policy: Panic over ‘White Slavery,’ 1890-1920,” at the Sexuality, Human Rights, and Public Policy Conference, Marquette University, April 2014, and “Prostitution and American Immigrants: ‘White Slaves’ or Women Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?” at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana’s Gender Symposium, February 2014. She also advanced to candidacy in the spring semester.

Lily Ann Villaraza (PhD) accepted the position of Philippine Studies Instructor at San Francisco Community College for the 2014-15 academic year. She is heading to the Philippines this summer for final archival investigations and translation work with literary specialists before she begins writing her dissertation.

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It’s been an eventful year for History & Social Sciences Secondary From the Teacher Education Program as we have worked to redesign the program in order to better equip our teacher candidates to Program’s navigate a changing education landscape. One of the most Staff visible changes has been our new “medical school model” early clinical that we piloted during 2013-2014 at Sycamore and DeKalb high schools. Inspired by Finland’s highly regarded teacher training system, the medical school model clinical places entire cohorts of teacher candidates at one of our partnership schools where, in groups of two or three, they observe experienced social studies teachers and practice teaching in “Our program real classrooms. Program faculty supervise these clinical students completers on site and participate in debriefing seminars at the end of each continue to be observation day. The school’s social studies teachers join in these seminars as well, offering valuable insights about the instructional successful in a strategies the teacher candidates have observed during the day.

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