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  • March 30 - Ambassador Raymond C. Ewing, the former U.S. ambassador to Cyprus, gave this year's Zamanakos Lecture, "The United States and Cyprus: A Personal Odyssey," on Thursday, March 30. This event that was free and open to the public began at 7 p.m. that evening at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (50 Warren Street). For any questions, please contact Prof. Paul Keen. The History Department co-sponsored the lecture with the Dean's Office of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Political Science Department, and the Global Studies Program.
  • March 29 - Prof. Bob Forrant gave the Distinguished University Professor Lecture, "The Role of the Public University in the 21st Century," to an audience of UMass Lowell students and faculty. It took place on Wednesday, March 29, from 4-6 p.m., in the Lower Locks Room at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (50 Warren Street).
  • February 21 - February is Black History Month. Prof. Chad Williams of Brandeis University gave a lecture on teaching African-American history during this turbulent time in American history on Tuesday, February 21, starting at 5 p.m. in O'Leary 222. All students and faculty were welcome. The History Department co-sponsored this event with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Working Group on Race & Ethnicity.

Faculty News

  • Prof. Bob Forrant published two online articles: "Brave Hearts: When Lowell Was a Sanctuary City - for Fugitive Slaves" (March 30) and "Still They Persisted: What a 105 Year Old Strike in Lawrence, MA Can Teach Us about Organization" (April 4).
  • Prof. Andrew Drenas published an article in Catholic Historical Review called "A 'Spiritual War of Words': Lorenzo da Brindisi and Capuchin Polemical Preaching in Early-Modern Prague." This study considers the preaching strategies of Lorenzo (a Capuchin missionary and doctor of the Roman Catholic Church, who lived from 1559 to 1619) while combating Protestantism in the religiously divided Kingdom of Bohemia during the early seventeenth century. The article makes up part of Drenas's revised doctoral dissertation that has been accepted for publication by Catholic University of America Press.
  • From January 9-20, Prof. Fletcher Smith attended the US Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where he successfully completed their Military History Instructor Certification Course. As part of the program, he spent time at the location of the Battle of Westport (MO) during the Civil War (Oct. 1864). He also visited the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.
  • On Thursday, January 12, Prof. Abby Chandler gave a lecture on the life and times of Martin Howard. This mid-eighteenth-century resident of Newport, Rhode Island, was an outspoken supporter of British royal authority in the colonies who favored the customs duties of the Stamp Act (1765). He was consequently a target of the Sons of Liberty during their riots that year, and many today still might consider him a villain. However one may view him, his story sheds light on what it was like to be a loyalist in Rhode Island just before the American Revolution began. Prof. Chandler's talk took place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. that evening at the Newport Historical Society (82 Touro Street, Newport, RI). You can read more on the Newport History website or email: for more information.

Student News

  • Over the course of the week of April 24, Katie Gilligan and Jacob Strout, two graduating seniors, successfully defended their honors theses. Katie defended hers, "Queen Elizabeth I's Foreign Relations with the Scandinavian Countries of Denmark and Sweden (1558-1588)," on Monday, April 24. She worked under the supervision of Profs. Chris Carlsmith and Lauren Fogle. Katie also gave a paper at the New England Historical Conference the weekend before her defense, on a similar subject: Elizabeth and the Seven Years War. Jacob's thesis, "Initial Augustan Sources and Their Reactions to Augustan-Era Rhetoric," is a historiographical study of the contrasting perceptions of Augustus Caesar in the writings of the Roman biographer Suetonius and the historian Tacitus. Jacob worked with Prof. Paul Keen on this project, and has his successful defense on Friday, April 28.
  • During the 2017 spring semester, Shania Bunbury '19 will be studying history and economics abroad in Rome at John Cabot University. She was able to accomplish this financially by winning two competitive scholarships, one for $12,000 (offered by Academic Programs International, the provider of this study-abroad opportunity), and the other for $2,500 (the Gilman Scholarship offered by the Department of Education). Besides visiting the many historical sites in Rome, she will also travel to other locations in Italy like Florence, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri. While in Europe, she also plans to travel to Greece, France and Spain.