(updated 24 Feb. 2014)
History Department moves from Coburn to Dugan Hall
In early January, the History Department relocated from Coburn Hall to Dugan Hall 106. All fourteen full-time faculty, as well as adjunct faculty and administrative staff, now have offices within the Dugan 106 office suite. Telephone numbers remain the same; office numbers can be found on the “Faculty” web page or at the entrance to the department suite. Please come visit!
Student Dillon Mroz conducts research on Viking History
History major Dillon Mroz will be making a presentation to the Byfield/Newbury (MA) Historical Society in the Spring 2014 semester on the history of late medieval Vikings. Mroz conducted the research under the supervision of Prof. Lauren Fogle in a previous semester.
Prof. Chandler’s forthcoming work on colonial midwives
Abby Chandler will publish “From Birthing Chamber to Court Room: The Medical and Legal Communities of the Colonial Esseex Country Midwife” in the journal Early Modern Women in Fall 2014.
Prof. Young edits a volume on Modern France
Place and Locality in Modern France, 1750-Present, edited by Patrick Young and Philip Whalen, will appear in print in July 2014 with Bloomsbury Academic. The book assembles international scholars from multiple disciplines to elucidate the ways in which local connection has been reinvented and reinvested across Modern French History. Its chapters address topics such as the politics of administrative reform, regionalism and projects of decentralization; the role of commerce in engendering narratives and experience of local place; the importance of ethnic, class and gender distinctions to local identifications; and the generation and transmission of knowledge about local place and culture through academia, civic heritage and popular memory.
Prof. Carlsmith gives Two lectures in California
In mid-January Christopher Carlsmith gave a lecture to 100+ members of San Francisco Heritage, a historic preservation group based in San Francisco. The talk summarized his research on architect John Powers (1873-1936) and his contributions to San Francisco architecture; an article entitled “An Architect by the Bay: John H. Powers and the firm Powers & Ahnden of San Francisco” will appear in the journal Argonaut, published by San Francisco History Museum in February 2014. Carlsmith also gave a talk to members of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Stanford University, about the pastoral and pedagogical activities of Italian schoolteacher Nicolò Cologno and bishop Cosimo Gheri during the 1530s. An article based upon that research is forthcoming in Catholic Historical Review.
Prof. Forrant investigates local history in Lawrence, MA
Robert Forrant has worked extensively on Lowell’s sister city, Lawrence, especially in commemoration of last year’s centennial of the important Bread & Roses strike of 1912. With Susan Grabski, he co-edited Lawrence, Massachusetts and the 1912 Bread & Roses Strike (Arcadia Publishing, Images of America Series, 2013), and they are planning a one-day symposium on 5 April 2014 on the history of the “new immigration” into Lawrence and similar communities; details at http://www.lawrencehistorycenter.org/symposium. With Jurg Siegenthaler he has edited The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread & Roses Strike, (Baywood Publishing Work, Health and Environment Series, forthcoming, Spring 2014). Forrant was also co-curator of The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912: Two Months in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that Changed Labor History,” for the Digital Public Library of America, http://dp.la/exhibitions/exhibits/show/breadandroses.
Prof. Pratschke to speak at Columbia University and in Ireland at two international conferences
Mairéad Pratschke will present her research on the Gael-Linn Amharc Eireann (Look at Ireland) documentary and news film series to the Irish Studies seminar at Columbia University on Friday, March 7th. http://universityseminars.columbia.edu/seminars/irish-studies/
In June, she will travel to Ireland to speak at the ACIS (American Conference on Irish Studies) and CAIS (Canadian Association of Irish Studies) Joint Annual Meeting, Latitudes: Irish Studies in an international context, at University College Dublin in June 2014, where she will present a paper on Irish documentary films made during the Celtic Tiger era. Beyond My Shore (1998) and The Famine Ship (1999) address the quintessentially Irish experience of emigration, reminding viewers of the fabled Brendan voyage and the grim reality of the 19th century coffin ships that brought the Irish to America.
At the Ireland and Ecocriticism conference at the University College Cork, she will present a paper exploring the environmental consequences of oil sands development in Canada from an Irish Studies perspective. The paper will discuss the work of Irish artist Pauline Cummins,' whose Water/Leopard performance piece at the M:ST 6 Mountain Standard Time Festival of Performative Works invited viewers to explore the environmental consequences of oil sands exploration in Alberta.
Prof. Carlsmith gives lectures in Boston and Newport
On Friday, Sept. 27, Christopher Carlsmith will speak about his recent research on the wall murals of the Ames-Webster house in Boston’s Back Bay to the Newport County Preservation Society. His talk is part of a larger Study Day that examines Venetian influence in the grand Gilded Age homes of Newport, Rhode Island. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Carlsmith will give a lecture at MIT in Italian to the Circolo Italiano of Boston. The subject will be the history of schooling during the Renaissance in the northern Italian city of Bergamo.
Prof. Chandler speaks at two conferences in New England
Abby Chandler will be co-presenting a panel called “"Sexual Misconduct and Blasphemy in a Changing Massachusetts Society" as part of the Boston Charter Day Celebration on Sept. 30. And she will be giving a paper called “An Odd Adventure: Variations on the New England Captivity Narrative Tradition” at the Seventeenth Century Warfare, Diplomacy & Society in the American Northeast Conference in Mashantucket, Connecticut on October 19.
Mairèad Pratschke joins the History Department
The History Department is delighted to welcome Dr. Mairèad Pratschke to UMass Lowell as a full-time Visiting Lecturer. Pratschke earned a Ph.D. in modern British and Irish hisotry from McMaster University in 2005. Prior to that, she earned an M.A. in European Studies from the University of Leuven (Belgium), and an Honors undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph. She brings deep expertise in Irish/Celtic film studies and a broad understanding of Canadian and European affairs. She will teach a variety of courses in modern European history, both online and in person. Dr. Pratschke also expects to help current members of the Department to transition an increasing number of courses to an online platform. She has taught at the University of Guelph, Mount Royal University, and University of Toronto.
Prof. Young promoted to Associate Professor
The University has granted tenure to Patrick Young, and promoted him to the position of Associate Professor. Congratulations!
Prof. Pierson to chair Search Committee for an Ancient Historian
Michael Pierson will head up a job search in 2013-14 for an Assistant Professor of Ancient History. The job posting and other details will be posted on the UML HR website during the Fall semester. The appointment will begin on Sept. 1, 2014.
Prof. Edwards speaks at Catholic University and in Burlington VT in October
Lisa Edwards will give a paper at a conference in mid-October 2013 hosted by Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The conference examines the theme of “Catholic Activism in the Americas, 1891-1962: New Comparative and Transnational Approaches." Drawing upon her research in Chile and in the Vatican archives, Prof. Edwards will speak about “The View From Rome."
Also in October, Prof. Edwards, together with Prof. Christoph Strobel, will speak at a roundtable discussion on “The Challenges of Teaching the Western Hemisphere in World History” at the New England Regional World History Association fall symposium in Burlington, VT.
Prof. Minkin and Prof. Edwards on leave in Fall 2013
Shane Minkin and Lisa Edwards are on parental leave during the fall 2013 semester. The Department congratulates Prof. Minkin and Prof. Edwards as they begin training future historians!
Joshua Catanzaro selected for Washington Center internship in D.C.
Joshua Catanzaro of Revere, MA, has been accepted to The Washington Center Internship and Academic Seminar program to study International Affairs for the Fall Semester of 2013. During his stay in Washington D.C., he will be discovering new methods of diplomacy as well as increasing his understanding of a wide variety of political and social issues. He hopes to gain an experience that will make him ready for real world challenges to come.
Christopher Carlsmith speaks at Oxford University
In early June 2013, Christopher Carlsmith gave a paper on the 16th-century Italian schoolmaster Nicolò Cologno of Bergamo to the "Early Modern Catholicism Seminar" at Oxford University. In the audience was UMass Lowell History alumnus Andrew Drenas ('05), who is finishing a Ph.D. at Oxford in History in 2013. Carlsmith also conducted research at the Bodleian Library, and visited colleagues at the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick.
George Deak visits Russia with Students
Faculty member George Deak is currently planning a trip to Russia in summer 2014 as part of his Special Topics course on "Russia in Books". For details, see the brochure on the History Dept. Bulletin Board.
Mary-Kate Hazel Chosen as 2013 Commencement Speaker
UMass Lowell History major Mary-Kate Hazel has been selected as the student speaker for the University's undergraduate commencement
exercises on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Chosen from among four finalists, among whom was also Kate Di Tullio, another senior History major, Hazel was selected on the basis of her academic achievement, poise, and the subject of her speech.
Blewett Prize and Carroll Award winners announced for 2013
The History Department is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-2013 Blewett Research Prize and of the Carroll Service Award. The Blewett Research Prize is awarded in honor of Prof. Mary Blewett, a retired member of the faculty who performed path-breaking research on the industrial history of Lowell and of New England, for the best undergraduate student essay. The Carroll Service Award is given in honor of Charles Carroll, who served as Department Chair and as Dean of the College of FAHSS; it recognizes an undergraduate student for selfless service on behalf of the Department and its students.
Blewett Research Prize
Winner: Christopher Lynch, "River Gone to Waste: The Public Good, the Environment and Government in Lawrence, MA."
Lynch’s paper examines the tangled history of the Merrimack River in Lawrence from the mid-19th century to the present. The committee praised his deft interweaving of Lockean philosophy, environmental history, and public policy; he demonstrates clearly why it is so important to understand the past as we make decisions about the future.
Honorable Mention: Kate DiTullio, "Hunters, Diplomats, and Warriors: Continuity of Male Mohican Societal Roles from 1609 to 1796"
DiTullio’s paper explores the fascinating history of the Mohican tribe in Stockbridge, MA in the 17th and 18th centuries; her essay demonstrates how to blend historiography, primary source research, and great narrative to tell a compelling story.
Carroll Service Award
Winner: Mary-Kate Hazel.
Hazel has served as President of the History Club and as an active member of Phi Alpha Theta.
UMass Lowell History Department is a pioneer with the Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an important new national initiative aimed at bringing together a massive amount of useful information under one virtual roof. First conceived in October 2010 at Harvard, this project aims to create a national digital library. It aims to provide books, images, and audio-visual materials on a systematic and accessible basis. The grand unveiling of this project will occur at the Boston Public Library on April 18th. UMass Lowell will be among the very first History Departments in the country to contribute new content to this project, based upon the prize-winning work on the Bread & Roses strike of Prof. Robert Forrant (on which, see below). Stay tuned for more details on this initiative.
Mary-Kate Hazel wins 2013 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award
UMass Lowell History major Mary-Kate Hazel has been selected as one of just fifteen Gilder Lehrman History Scholars in a nationwide competition. The award allows her to spend a weekend in New York City where she will participate in a program of special presentations, including meetings with eminent scholars and a behind-the-scenes tour of historic archives. She will also be honored at a formal dinner. The award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history as well as a commitment to public service and community involvement.
Historical Exhibition on Lawrence Mills at O'Leary Library
Professor Robert Forrant and some of the students from his Lawrence seminar have contributed to a breathtaking series of fourteen large panels now on display in the lobby of O'Leary Library. Entitled "The Lewis Hine Project: Stories of the Lawrence Children" and curated by Joe Manning, these panels tell the story in both text and image of a dozen individual children from the Lawrence Mills in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Based upon the haunting portraits of Lewis Hine, and augmented by hundreds of hours of historical and biographical research by Joe Manning, these panels also include research by UMass Lowell History majors, professors, and archivists (see related story below
UMass Lowell Students Invited to Participate in New England Historical Association annual conference
Five University of Massachusetts Lowell undergraduate History majors have been invited to present their research at the annual meeting of the New England Historical Association (NEHA) on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Westfield State University. Ashley Long, Mary-Kate Hazel, and Katherine DiTullio will present papers based on research completed about Native American tribal identity under the direction of Prof. Chandler in Fall 2012. Derek Winslow and Meghan Chapman will present papers based on research completed about the history of the New England Renaissance Conference under the direction of Prof. Carlsmith.
Phi Alpha Theta Sponsors History Research Symposium
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., the UMass Lowell chapter of Phi Alpha Theta will sponsor a History Research Symposium in Coburn Hall 307. The events is free and open to the public; please contact Prof. Abigail Chandler for more information. Five members of Phi Alpha Theta will present their current research on historical topics, including:
Mary-Kate Hazel: "Autonomy, Identity, and English-French-Native Relations in the Captivity Narrative of Eunice Williams."
- Ashley Long: "Captors and Captives in the Ohio Country"
- Kate DiTullio: "Warrior-Diplomats: Mohicans in the American Revolution"
- Janelle Bourgeois: "'The union is the place of combat; the cooperative must be a financial and moral support': Franco-Belgian Immigrants in the Textile Industry 1900-1912"
- Caitlin Pinkham: "Seeking Security and Hope in the Mill City: How Lowell, Massachusetts Experienced the First Few Years of the Great Depression"
Chad Montrie Wins Grant to Make Documentary About Lowell Textile Bridge
The Lowell Cultural Council has awarded Prof. Chad Montrie $3,000 to make a short documentary film about the history of the Textile Memorial Bridge in Lowell. Montrie was one of 26 recipients this year, and one of only 7 to receive the maximum amount. Montrie has recently completed other documentary films, including River Cycle: The Concord in Lowell (2010) and Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs (2012). Tough Love is his first feature-length film and traces the history of the "alpha dog" concept from its origins in 1940s wolf studies to its current popularity among dog owners. He has upcoming screenings for that movie in Maine, New York City, Colorado, Bermuda, and Texas. Montrie teaches courses in the history and production of documentary films at UMass Lowell.
UMass Lowell Students and Faculty Explore Local History in Bread & Roses Strike Centennial