Marjorie Becker has been invited to participate, with Prof. David St. John, in "Peruvian Portals: A Cross-Cultural Hymn." This assessment of Quechua poetry and Andean history will take place at the Fisher next fall. She also participated in a conference assessing the legacy of Muriel Rukeyer's complex and remarkable role as independent progressive, internationalist, (and translator of the great Mexican poet Octavio Paz,) feminist and foremother of many writers and artists. In addition, Marjorie just learned that her monograph, Setting the Virgin on Fire: Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán Peasants and the Redemption of the Mexican Revolution, is in its sixth printing.
Sarah Gualtieri has been invited to present a paper at the International Immigration History Conference, " A Century of Transnationalism", at UCLA on April 26, 2013. Organized by Roger Waldinger (Director, Program on International Migration and Professor of Sociology, UCLA) and Nancy Green (History, L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), this two-day conference will bring together an international group of historians and social scientists who focus on the history of international migration.
Wolf Gruner’s article “Peregrinations into the Void? German Jews and their Knowledge about the Armenian Genocide during the Third Reich” (Central European History 2012) was translated into Armenian and published in three chapters in the journal: Nor Or Weekly, 28 February
2013, VOLUME 91, NO. 9, pp 2 and 14; 7 March 2013, volume 91, No. 10, p.11; 14 March, VOLUME 91, NO. 11, pp. 3 and 14. Wolf Gruner’s chapter on the persecution of the Jews and the reaction of the Berliners in a recent book on Berlin between 1933-1945 was highlighted in an article “Feigheit und Mut: Berlin zur NS-Zeit”, in a big German newspaper: Süddeutsche Zeitung on 12 March 2013. His presentation “Individual Defiance and Protest. A micro historical Reevaluation of Jewish Responses towards Nazi Persecution” was highlighted in the internet blog of the Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam, Netherlands, with the article “Microgeschiedenis en Holocaust” (micro history of the Holocaust) by Froukje Demant, 12 Dec 2012.
María Elena Martínez was awarded a 2012-2013 Mellon Mentoring Award in the Faculty to Graduate Students category. She was also invited by the University of Nantes to give a talk this summer on her book Genealogical Fictions and assess the work of their graduate students in her field (declined).
Joan Piggott has published the first in a series of articles and translations of the eighth-century Japanese law code, known as the Yoro Code, in "Gender in the Japanese Administrative Code, Part 1: Laws on Residence Units." The article appears in the Teikyo Journal of History 28 (February 2013), pp. 317 to 418. In addition, a workshop and lectures pertinent to the next phase of the project will be held at USC during the week of April 22-25, with two visiting professors from Japan joining Professor Piggott. They are Prof. Akiko Yoshie and Prof. Yoko Ijuin. Besides their working meetings and presentations to both undergrads and grad students, Professors Piggott, Yoshie, and Ijuin will participate in a roundtable discussion concerning the recently published work on April 23, 3:30 to 6:30, in the Polymathic Study Room (Rm 241) of Doheny Library.