Marjorie Becker’s article, “Had Pilar Ternera Co-Written Cien Aňos de Soledad, Gabo, I’d Never Write You Now: Toward a Letter to the Dead,” has been accepted for publication in Rethinking History. She has been invited to serve a third year on the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship prize committee. She has also been invited to participate in a panel focusing on the Spanish Civil War and the literature it prompted.
Daniela Bleichmar has co-edited (with Meredith Martin of NYU) the latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal Art History, a collection of twelve essays entitled Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World that will also come out as a stand-alone paperback book from Wiley in a few months. Daniela's contribution is a co-written introduction and an article entitled "History in Pictures: Translating the Codex Mendoza," which is part of her ongoing monograph project on knowledge-making in colonial Mexico and early modern Europe.
Wolf Gruner received a USC Vision and Voices grant to organize together with the Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the Thornton School of Music several events around the international symposium “Music as Resistance to Genocide” on October 10th and 11th, consisting of documentary screenings and an evening concert, where students performed pieces of resistance music. In June and July, he stayed in Berlin, Germany as a DAAD fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies in Berlin. During his residency he gave an invited paper on “What could Germans and German Jews in the Third Reich know about the Armenian Genocide?” at the Third international ICRAR conference “Gender, Memory and Genocide - Marking 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide”, organized by the Technical University Berlin, the Central European University Budapest and Sabancı University Istanbul, on June, 5th 2015 at the Center for the Research on Antisemitism in Berlin. On June 27th, he gave an invited paper for the concluding round table at the international conference “Der Ort der »Volksgemeinschaft« in der deutschen Gesellschaftsgeschichte. Internationale Abschlusskonferenz des Niedersächsischen Forschungskollegs »Nationalsozialistische ›Volksgemeinschaft‹?« in Hannover, Germany. On 9 July 2015 Wolf Gruner led a workshop about the “USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen für die Forschung” at the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Jewish Studies. The same day he gave there an evening keynote lecture: “Defiance and Protest. Forgotten Reactions of German Jews to the National Socialist persecution 1933-45”. Gruner was also invited for a guest lecture at the class “Modern German Jewish History and the Holocaust” of the international Berlin Leo Baeck Summer School 2015 by Dr. Stefanie Fischer. On 21 July 2015 her seminar was on “Persecution, Nuremberg laws, Kristallnacht and Emigration”. The assigned text was an article by Gruner on the initiative role of municipalities regarding the persecution of the Jews that the students would discuss with the author. Lastly, In August a digital reprint of Gruner’s 2005 book “Widerstand in der Rosenstrasse” was published by S. Fischer in Frankfurt.
George Sanchez is President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association in 2015-2016. He will preside over the 109th annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch on August 4-6, 2016 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott in Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii on the Big Island. This year’s theme is “Uncharted Terrain: The Challenge of Re-Imagining Traveling to the Past.” You are welcome to submit a complete panel proposal or individual paper submission to the program committee by December 4, 2015. The Program Committee chairs are two USC Ph.D. Graduates, Associate Professor Ana Elizabeth Rosas (of History) at email@example.com and Assistant Professor Mark Padoongpatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.