Marjorie Becker was nominated by the American Historical Association’s committee on committees to serve on it Albert Beveridge grant committee. That entailed reading and assessing 129 grant proposals by grad students and faculty colleagues writing about Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. Because it was so competitive key issues, including the construction of the prose, the editing of the proposals, proved even more important than usual.
She is also setting up a memorial for Maria Elena Martinez at the Latin American Studies Association to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico this May.
Wolf Gruner was invited to speak at the panel “Holocaust & Genocide Studies: Complementary or Competitive Paradigms?” The panel discussion on February 12th 2015, organized by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and cosponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the UCLA Department of History, also featured A. Dirk Moses (Dept. of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence) and Benjamin L. Madley, Dept. of History, UCLA). Gruner also gave an invited lecture on "Jewish Defiance, Resistance, & Protest in Nazi Germany" at the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University on Thursday, February 19, 2015.
Vanessa R. Schwartz was awarded a fellowship at the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, where she will be in residence in AY 15-16. She also contributed to a published discussion on “The Nineteenth Century through the Lens of Visual Studies” in the Revue d’histoire du XIX siecle n. 49, 2014/2, pp. 139-178.
Governing the Sea in the Early Modern Era, edited by Carole Shammas and Peter Mancall, is a collection of essays published in honor of Roy Ritchie, the legendary research director at the Huntington Library. The volume, published by the Huntington and distributed by the University of California Press, features chapters by Keith Pluymers, who recently defended his dissertation in the department, and Adrian Finucane, a former EMSI Mellon fellow who taught in our department for two years.
Brett Sheehan’s “Shotgun Wedding: The Dongya Corporation and the Early Communist Regime,” was published in Sherman Cochran, ed., The Capitalist Dilemma in China’s Communist Revolution: Stay, Leave, or Return?, Cornell University Press, 2014, 21-43.
Jacob Soll gave the annual Rava Lecture in Italian Studies at Washington University of St Louis on Florentine libraries in the 18th c; he took part in a debate about his work at the LSE; he also was invited by the dean of social sciences at UC Irvine to present his work last Wednesday. He was on Readers’ Corner on Idaho NPR on Feb 8; he is working with translators on the Japanese version of his book The Reckoning. He organized the first Martens Economic Forum at USC, which brought acclaimed scholars from around the world and the country to USC to discuss 18th century British fiscal history; he also signed a contract for his new book, Free Market: The History of a Dream.
Please join us in congratulating our postdoctoral colleague Allison Miller; Allison has just accepted the position as editor of the American Historical Association’s Perspectives magazine. Congratulations, Allison!
Anne (Andie) Reid, who did her dissertation work on the California mission system with Peter Mancall and Bill Deverell, has accepted a tenure-track appointment in the History Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Congratulations, Andie!
Congratlations to our colleague Vanessa Schwartz who has just been awarded a 2015 USC Mellon Mentoring Award for Faculty Mentoring of Postdoctoral Scholars. She has previously been awarded the Mellon Mentoring Award for Mentoring Graduate Students. We are so proud!
Our recent Ph.D student Julia Ornelas-Higdon, who worked with George Sanchez and Bill Deverell, has accepted an appointment as a tenure-track ass't professor in the Department of History at the California State University, Channel Islands. Congratulations!