History News and Achievements
Chelsea Schields, assistant professor of history, assisted in editing the book “The Political Thought of African Independence: An Anthology of Sources,” released in September by Hackett Publishing Co. The book explores the major debates that emerged in Africa during the era of decolonization. https://www.hackettpublishing.com/new-forthcoming/new-2017-titles/the-political-thought-of-african-independence
Steve Nolt, Senior Scholar and professor of history in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, was in Indiana in August 2017 conducting cultural competency workshops for approximately 200 U.S. Department of Agriculture field and office staff members who work with Amish populations in the Midwest.
David Kenley, professor of history, and Charla Lorenzen, associate professor of Spanish, together with Cuban colleagues Miriam Herrerra Jerez and Mario Castillo Santana, recently published the book, “Contested Community: Identities, Spaces, and Hierarchies of the Chinese in the Cuban Republic” (Brill 2017). In the early 19th century, Cuba’s overseas Chinese community was one of the largest in the world. In the text, the authors challenge the popular portrayals of the diasporic group as a closed, inassimilable ethnic enclave. Instead, they demonstrate the asymmetrical power relations that permeated Havana’s Barrio Chino and the larger Chinese community. The research for this project began with an E-town College FISS grant.
Steven Nolt, Senior Scholar with the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies; Donald Kraybill, Senior Fellow Emeritus with the Young Center; and Edsel Burdge, research associate with the Young Center, recently published a chapter, “Language Use among Anabaptist Groups,” in a new book, titled “Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia,” edited by Simon J. Bronner and Joshua R. Brown. It is published by The Johns Hopkins University.
Brian Newsome, associate professor of history and dean for curriculum and assessment, had his translation and annotated edition of “Invasion 14,” Maxence Van der Meersch’s classic novel about the German occupation of northern France during World War I published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in June 2016.
He co-authored “Rethinking World War I: Occupation, Liberation, and Reconstruction” with George Robb, professor of history at William Paterson University. “Rethinking World War I” is the introduction for a special issue of the journal Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques. The issue is devoted to recent scholarship on World War I and features articles by James Conolly, Michael McGuire, Nicole Hudgins, Michelle Moravec, Ginger Fros, and Carl Strikwerda, College president and professor of history.
Newsome also presented “Bearing Witness to Occupation: Maxence Van der Meersch’s Invasion 14” for William Paterson University’s History Department Lecture Series on World War I in October 2016 and “Reflections on Regime Change in the Oeuvre of Maxence Van der Meersch” for the Western Society for French History in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in November 2016.
Steven Nolt, professor of history and Anabaptist studies and Senior Scholar, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, was quoted in the Philly.com story “Farmers Of the Year” and in the Journal Gazette story “Rules tighter on breech births.”
Carl Strikwerda, professor of history, published the article, “World War I in the History of Globalization,” in the Winter 2016 journal Historical Reflections.
Gail Bossenga, Scholar-in-Residence, presented the paper, “Markets and the Consumer Revolution: A Force for Civic Equality?” at the 62nd-annual conference of the Society for French Historical Studies, March 3 through 5, 2016, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Carl J. Strikwerda, College President and professor of history, was a panelist at the 23rd annual International Conference of Europeanists April 14 through 16. The panel topic was: Democracy and its Discontents.