Congratulations to Paul Lerner who has just been promoted to Full Professor of History!
The History Department is proud to announce that our PhD candidate Stefan Smith has been hired as a writer for the television program Drunk History!
Marjorie Becker’s poetic and historical eulogy for our colleague Maria Elena Martinez just appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review on line. The eulogy is entitled, “And Cry Again and Shout as We . . .” She also was invited to and has agreed to chair the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Grant Committee, on which she served last year. She is co-chairing the history department’s colonial Latin American search committee, and will serve again on the Woodrow Wilson Charlotte Newcombe grant committee.
Bill Deverell and Darryl Holter have just published Woody Guthrie L.A., 1937-1941 with Angel City Press.
Wolf Gruner organized together with Nick Strimple (USC Thornton School of Music) "Singing in the Lion's Mouth: Music as Resistance to Genocide," a successful two-day event series on campus. The program began with two film screenings, Screamers, a film by Carla Garapedian, and Following the Ninth, a film by Kerry Candaele. Both films were followed by very interesting discussions involving the audience and the filmmakers. The second day started with an academic symposium with seven scholars from Europe, Indonesia, South Africa, and the United States. Their research presentations discussed and challenged our understanding of how music serves as a means of resistance. The events series on October 10th and 11th, 2015, supported by the USC Vision and Voices initiative and co-hosted by the USC Shoah foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the USC Thornton School of Music, ended with a moving evening concert that included performances by choral and instrumental USC students as well as original recordings of songs used or created as resistance during the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide and the Indonesian Purges.
Peter Mancall has received a Dyason Fellowship from the University of Melbourne and is the PI for a newly awarded ACLS Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative grant. He is also now the Vice Dean for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Dornsife.
Vanessa Schwartz delivered a lecture on Teaching Western Civ. at Berkeley at a conference in honor of Tom Laqueur; delivered the closing keynote, “Paparazzi: The Last Professionals" at the Reconsidering Photography Conference for the Mois de la Photo in Montréal, at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art lectured on “Networks” at the Terra Foundation Symposium, "Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art;” at the Cullman Center at the NYPL spoke on “Jet Age Aesthetics” and will give the Edith Bleich Lecture at the University of Miami Center for the Humanities on the origin of media events in late nineteenth century Paris. She is also an invited Professor at the Van Leer Institute at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at Ben Gurion University in December 2015 where she will lecture on France and the culture of mobility.
Schwartz also published a response essay in Elkins, et. al. Farewell to Visual Studies. A Stone Seminar Book. (Penn State, 2015).