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- Prof. Chad Montrie gave a lecture for the Moses Greeley Parker series: “Beyond ‘Songbirds and Suburbs’: Rethinking the American Environmental Movement Origin Story.” The talk began at 7 p.m. at the National Park Visitor Center in Lowell.
- Winston Black gave a talk titled
“Sugar, Spice, & All Kinds of Drugs: Medieval Medicine between Europe and Asia.”
This lecture took place from 2-3 p.m. in O'Leary 478 (English Department). It was co-sponsored by the History Department and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. For more details, please contact Prof. Chris Carlsmith by email:
- The History Department and Phi Alpha Theta sponsored a panel discussion on the ways the humanities can contribute to the conversation about climate change in the twenty-first century. Participants included James Gomes, of MIT; Elizabeth Williams, of the UMass Lowell History Department; and Daniel McDermott, a UMass Lowell history major. This event took place in Dugan 204, and started at 5 p.m. Pizza was served. For more information, please contact Prof. Abby Chandler by email:
- The Zamanakos Lecture for 2019, "Greeks in Africa," was given by Prof. Emeritus Stanley Burstein of California State-Los Angeles. This lecture began at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m., with a reception to follow. For more details, please contact Prof. Paul Keen:
- Kellie Carter Jackson gave a public lecture: "Forcing Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence." This event took place from 5-6:15 p.m. in the O'Leary Mezzanine. Prof. Carter Jackson is a nineteenth-century historian in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on slavery and abolitionists, violence as political discourse, historical film, and black women's history. For questions about the lecture, please contact Prof. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant by email:
This summer, the research of three members of the faculty are being supported by the History Department Faculty Summer Research Fund.
Prof. Abby Chandler
will be going to North Carolina in May to do research on colonial rebellion.
Prof. Christopher Carlsmith
will travel to Venice in early June to do research for his book on the history of the non-profit Save Venice Inc.
Prof. Patrick Young
will journey to France in August to study at the Bibliotheque National, which possesses resources needed for his book on Morocco and modern France.
Prof. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant
Columbia University Press
) her first monograph:
Threatening Property: Race, Class, and Campaigns to Legislate Jim Crow Neighborhoods
. Early-twentieth-century North Carolina saw a backlash against the economic successes of African Americans, including campaigns for residential segregation laws like those in South Africa. In her book, Prof. Herbin-Triant investigates these campaigns, showing that they exposed a fault line between the interests of middle-class and elite whites. Rather than uniting whites around the idea of segregated neighborhoods, these campaigns ultimately failed and, in so doing, defined the limits of Jim Crow.
University Prof. Bob Forrant
is the recipient of this year's Jacqueline F. Moloney Honors College Founder’s Endowment Fund. This fund provides recognition and a monetary award to a faculty member who has made significant, multiyear contributions to honors education at UMass Lowell. In addition, the recipient designates one student who will also be recognized and receive a stipend. For this, Prof. Forrant chose one of our majors, Sophie Combs.
Students of all ages, educators, and researchers will soon have a new resource available to them as they seek to learn more about immigration and refugee history (and particularly that of Lowell): the online Library of New England Immigration.
University Prof. Bob Forrant
, together with some of his graduate and undergraduate students, researched and wrote the site's history content. Those interested are able to view
in anticipation of the library's official appearance online.
From March 17-19, the Renaissance Society of America conference took place in Toronto, Canada. Two of our faculty made the journey there. The chair,
Prof. Christopher Carlsmith
, attended the meeting in his capacity as a member of the RSA Board of Directors; he also organized a workshop on demystifying the process of applying for (and receiving) RSA fellowships.
Prof. Andrew Drenas
participated in a panel called "New Approaches to Sanctity: Holy Bodies," for which he presented a paper relevant to his Reformation era research: "'Holy
!': St. Lawrence of Brindisi’s Mass Handkerchiefs and Early Modern Perceptions of Sanctity."
Prof. Lauren Fogle
has published her first academic book, "The King's Converts: Jewish Conversion in Medieval London," through Lexington Books. This study sheds light on the long dialog between Judaism and Christianity, specifically regarding the situation Jewish converts faced in medieval England.
The Student Research Symposium took place on Friday, May 3. Three of our majors participated. For the first panel, "Past and Present in Lowell and Lawrence,"
presented her paper, “The Franco-American Orphanage in Lowell: Child Care and Industry in the Early 20th Century.” Next,
shared her paper, “A ‘Gallery of Tragedy’: The Pemberton Mill Disaster, Its Popular Perceptions, and Politics in Antebellum Literature.” This panel was moderated by University Prof. Bob Forrant.
participated in the second panel, "Vikings! Creative Works Inspired by Old Norse History and Myth," for which he presented a paper entitled "Loki's Tale."
presented a paper ("Let's Close the National Parks: History of Overcrowding in America's National Parks") at the American Society for Environmental History conference in Columbus, Ohio. His attendance provided him with significant examples of how history is applied to real-world problems, and made it possible for him to connect with historians and graduate students who share his interest. Daniel's paper was the fruit of research he did for a directed study with Prof. Chad Montrie.
, the first graduate of the History Department's master's program, was hired as the Enrichment Coordinator for the Lowell Boys and Girls Club. As such, she will play a vital role in strengthening Club culture and help to generate support specifically for the immigrant and refugee members attending the Club.
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