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Washington and Jefferson College Department of History Newsletter Fall 2015

Greetings from the Department of History! Our newsletter offers an overview of the

accomplishments and achievements of faculty, students, and alumni. We hope that it

will contribute to the sense of community among those who share our love of history.

We would be happy to share what you have been up to it in our next Newsletter. Send

entries to the editor, Patrick Caffrey.

Phi Alpha Theta Initiation, November 11, 2015 Left to right: Jonathan Cadez, Dr. Patrick Caffrey, Jessica Chalfant, Stephen Kaczor, Aaron Walayat, Christian Leech, Dr. W. Thomas Mainwaring, Dr. Jennifer Sweatman, Madison Bastress, Dr.

Victoria List, Nathaniel Kanuch, Professor Hilary Miller 2 “Selfie” at the 2015 Phi Alpha Theta Phi Alpha Theta History conference at Westminster College Honorary Society Members Madison Bastress Jonathan Cadez (new initiate) Jessica Chalfant (new initiate) Brandon Durbin Stephen Kaczor (new initiate) Nathaniel Kanuch Christian Leech (new initiate) Alexandria Sayers Jonathan Tripi Aaron Walayat Left to right: Nathaniel Kanuch, Jath DiCecco, Dr. Jennifer Sweatman, William Arthur, Catherine Beaudoin, Madison Bastress, Dr. W. Thomas Mainwaring History Club Officers Madison Bastress, president Benjamin McGrath, vice-president History Club spaghetti dinner at Dr. List’s house, December 11, 2015 3 History Club trip to the Heinz History Center led by Drs. Mainwaring and Sweatman, October 24, 2015 Left to right: Nathan Lalli, Jorden Messmer, Samuel Stanton, Mary Wessell, Katie Prinkey Faculty Dr. Patrick Caffrey pcaffrey@washjeff.edu Dr. Caffrey joined the College in 2002. He teaches about Asia and the environment, and advises the Asian Culture Association.

My wife, Paula, and I made half a dozen trips back to the New York Metro area to visit our families and to go to the city, where we had our first date more than thirty years ago. When we go to museums I take a camera with low-light capabilities to take photos for my classes. I enjoy collecting images and artifacts for my classes. They are especially helpful to my students, since I teach about subjects that students tend not to have encountered before.

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4 Dr. Robert Dodge rdodge@washjeff.edu Dr. Dodge retired in May 2014. He continues to share an office with Dr. Mainwaring, and now teaches part time. This fall Dr. Dodge taught HIS 239 Kiev, Muscovy and Russia.

Dr. David Kieran dkieran@washjeff.edu I am so new to the department that I’m not actually there yet.

I earned my doctorate in American Studies at The George Washington University in 2009 and since then have taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Franklin & Marshall College, and Skidmore College. Since accepting the position at W&J last March, it’s been a busy and exciting time. In July, Rutgers University Press published my second book, The War of My Generation: Youth Culture and the War on Terror, a collection of essays that I edited. This year, I am the Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Visiting Fellow at the University of Utah. There, I am writing a book entitled Embattled Minds: The Cultural Politics of Mental Health During the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, which is under contract with New York University Press, and co-editing At War: Militarism and U.S. Culture in the 20th Century and Beyond, which Rutgers will publish in 2017. However, as the photo makes clear, I am hardly chained to my desk, and I am enjoying the chance to take advantage of the fantastic hiking that the mountain west offers.

One downside of my research fellowship is that it is the first semester in nearly fifteen years that I’m not teaching, and I miss the day-to-day interaction with students. I am looking forward to getting back into the classroom when I arrive at W&J in the fall of 2016, getting to know the students, and teaching courses on 20th century U.S. history and culture, war and society, the United States in a global context, and public history. And, of course, I’m looking forward to continuing my longstanding association with colleges named for the founding fathers.


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Dr. Victoria List vlist@washjeff.edu Dr. List joined the College in 1987. She teaches European history from the ancient world to the dawn of the 19th century, with a special interest in English and American legal/constitutional history, and advises the History Club.

Dr. List continues to enjoy cooking dinner for the History Club twice a year--the annual winter spaghetti dinner is coming up soon--we'll see if we can top the record number of attendees, which stands at 21. Over the summer she enjoyed a trip to New York City, where she renewed her acquaintance with the Renaissance paintings at the Metropolitan Museum, and broadened her understanding of the period by attending a performance of the very historically accurate musical, "Something Rotten!"

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6 Dr. W. Thomas Mainwaring tmainwaring@washjeff.edu Dr. Mainwaring joined the College in 1989. He teaches about America, and serves as the chair of the department.

I spent much of my summer working on the railroad – the Underground Railroad. After a long hiatus, I looked at the new scholarship that has been published in this field since I last systematically examined it and then revised the introduction to the manuscript that I have been writing on the local Underground Railroad. I am hoping to revise the rest of the manuscript by the end of next summer and send it to a publisher.

This fall, I attended the Southern Historical Association’s conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. A highlight of the conference was a tour of Little Rock’s Central High School, the scene of huge battles over integration in 1957. The school is still a functioning high school. It may be the only American high school that has a National Park Service visitors’ center adjacent to it.

My article, ‘The Underground Railroad: Deus ex Machina,’ appeared in Varieties of Religious History, a festschrift for my graduate school adviser, Donald G. Mathews. It was published this year by the University of South Carolina Press.

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Professor Hilary Miller, 2008 hmiller@washjeff.edu I’m happy to return to W&J this year for a one-year position teaching 20th-century US history and public history. After graduating from W&J, I earned my MA in History with a Public History concentration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am currently working on my PhD in American Studies at Penn State and am writing my dissertation on the National Road, which, interestingly, runs right past W&J’s campus. This year, I presented at several conferences, including the annual meetings for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Pennsylvania Historical Association, and the George Wright Society. In addition, I completed research fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, and the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.


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Dr. Jennifer Sweatman jsweatman@washjeff.edu Dr. Sweatman joined the College in 2014. She teaches courses in Modern European and Women’s history and advises the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary Society.

Last year, I was thrilled to have my book titled The Risky Business of French Feminism: Publishing, Politics and Artistry published with Lexington Books. I also had the opportunity to travel to Banff, Alberta

in May for the Publishing Feminisms Symposium where I presented a paper titled “Their Stories:

Activist Readers, Collective Identity, and the French Feminist Periodical Histoires d'Elles (1977 While there, I celebrated my birthday with a beautiful hike to the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies where I found several patches of snow around two feet deep. Over the summer, I traveled to Salt Lake City to grade AP World History exams and then spent a week hiking and camping in Grand Teton National Park, once again finding large patches of snow! In November, I presented another paper titled “Imagining a Usable Past: Leila Sebbar’s Creative ReImaginings of History and Nation” to the Western Society for French History in the “windy” city of Chicago, where I found plenty of wind but no snow. I am excited about recent revisions to the catalog to integrate some of my special interests in women’s history, immigration and multiculturalism in Europe, and the relationships between North Africa and France into the history curriculum.

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Student Spotlight Madison Bastress, 2016 Madison is the president of the History Club. Last June, she completed a Magellan Project in County Mayo on the western coast of Ireland. She learned about current agricultural practices by working with the McMullen family on Greenway Farm near Westport. She researched Ireland’s agricultural heritage through visits to historical sites in County Mayo, including céide fields in Ballycastle. The céide field sites (Cae- ja meaning “flat topped hill”) are the oldest existing field system in the world; they were preserved by layers of sphagnum moss. During her time in Ireland, Madison also researched landownership and visited fields that were abandoned during the Great Famine. For a full description see Madison’s Magellan portfolio: http://magellanportfoliobastress.blogspot.com/.

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9 Alumni Jamie Battaglia, 2014 I have been living in Los Angeles, California and attending UCLA's Master of Library and Information Studies program with a concentration in archival studies. Much of my research deals with tribal libraries, Native American information access, and expanding the Western definition of an archival record to include diverse mediums as seen through various Native American communities (of which I will be speaking at a conference about this spring).While here in LA, I have been interning at the Autry Southwest Museum's Braun Research Library and Archives, helping the staff survey and preserve various artifacts related to California's history of Western expansion and Native American communities. I have also created and established an archive for the American Indian Studies Center on the UCLA campus, which had a myriad of documents and artifacts with little money and no archivist to organize and preserve their Center's history.

I will be graduating from UCLA in June of 2016 and will be eagerly (and nervously) applying for archive, museum, or library related careers all over the country.

Besides interning and biting my fingernails over my impending graduation, I enjoy tutoring students how to read and write, biking on the beach or hiking with my little puppy Nico, as well as reminiscing about spaghetti and chilli dinners with the History faculty and students at Dr. List's house.

Kimberly Loughman, 2013

I graduated with my history degree in 2013 and have been switching gears ever since. I took a job as receptionist for Interim HealthCare fresh out of college -- nowhere near my field of study, but well within my comfort zone since I worked in the admissions house while in school. I also dabbled in Library and Information Sciences for a semester before deciding that I wanted to take a year off while I could still get away with it.

During that year, I advanced into administration for private duty home care within the same company. I'm now in training to help build and lead a new personal care and supports department. To assist with that training, I am pursuing another degree in Business Management with intent to continue onto law school for commercial law.

It took a couple twists and turns to get to where I am now, but the discovery was the best part. You're not going to get it right on the first try, and that's okay. Learn what you love. Love what you learn. Be open to new opportunities.

Michael Nemchick, 2013 My wife, Elodie, has found a new job. We moved to a much smaller city called Orleans about an hour train ride outside of Paris. Orleans offers less in terms of cultural events than Paris but it is closer to nature, and borders the Loire River. There is a bicycle path that follows the river that can apparently be taken all the way to the coast of Normandy.

10 I will continue with my English teaching but I believe I will go more into freelance and begin my own small teaching business. I plan on turning a room in our new apartment into a classroom to do some lessons at home. I may enroll in the University of Orleans next year to begin a two year Master's program that is a mixture of business and international relations.

William Lewis, 2012

I recently moved back to Tucson, AZ, for a teaching job at my old high school, Immaculate Heart. I am teaching art, but I am trying to persuade the principal to give me a history class as well. I am also still doing some music. My friend Tristan Mills, my cousin Jason Weber, and I recorded an album as a tribute to my brother Joe who passed away this past December. We titled it “The Beauty of Pain,” because that’s the name of an album Joe had been planning on making. There is some more information on the album and our band at https://www.facebook.com/brokenheartsband/. We also hope to record some more music when we are all able. Other than that, I plan on pursuing a master's degree in history sometime in the near future.

Alicyn Wiedrich, 2011

After graduating from W&J, I went to UNC Charlotte to get my MA in History with a concentration in Public History. My focus, as it had been at W&J, was the Civil Rights Movement. This time, of course, I turned my focus to what education/interpretation of this time period looks like in museums, memorials, and historic sites (primarily in the South).

From there, I had the great fortune of being offered a job at the Earl Scruggs Center: Music and Stories from the American South right out of graduation! I had been their intern the previous summer and they needed help for their grand opening in 2014. Because I was part time there, I began searching for a full time job. I was fortunate again to be offered a position at my current job in the summer of 2014.

I am currently the Arts Curator at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Now, I know that you're thinking: what's a history student doing at an art museum?!

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