History News and Achievements
August 3, 2018   //   By:   //   Achievements
JULY 2018

David Kenley, professor of history, led a two-week study abroad program to Nepal and Tibet in July 2018, with funding from the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.  The program participants included secondary school teachers from across the country.  Dr. Kenley conducted a multi-week online seminar for all participants during the spring and then provided numerous in-country lectures during their travels.  The highlights of the trip included; a visit to the Sisterhood of Survivors Project in Kathmandu, an NGO addressing the issues of human trafficking; a homestay in Panauti, Nepal; visits to the Potala Palace and Norbulinka, the former residences of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa; an overnight stay at the Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery in the world at 16,340 feet above sea level; and a hike to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet.


JUNE 2018

Jean-Paul Benowitz, director of student transition programs and prestigious scholarships and fellowships, was joined by Caitlin Rossiter ’21, Honors History and French, and Benjamin Errickson ’19, History, on June 14, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the Preservation Pennsylvania/PennDOT conference:  Byways To The Past: Cultural Resource Management. The group presented “Mitigation and Public Participation” as part of a workshop, called “Alternative Mitigation and Transportation.” The presentation featured Elizabethtown College student scholarship, published in the ArcGIS story maps for Professor Benowitz’s courses in the Honors Program, about local history. PennDOT and the FederalDOT used the maps local public works projects related to the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Review.


MAY 2018

Carl Strikwerda, College president and professor of history, had a review essay “Too Much of a Good Thing? Consumption, Consumerism and Consumer Cooperation in Modern History” published in the International Review of Social History, 63 (April, 2018), pp. 127-142.



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.

March 2017

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.

February 2017

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.

January 2017

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.”

November 2016

Carl Strikwerda, professor of history, published the article, “World War I in the History of Globalization,” in the Winter 2016 journal Historical Reflections.

May 2016

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.

March 2016

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.

About the Author :

E.A. (Elizabeth) Harvey is the communications manager and news editor at Elizabethtown College. She has worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications since 2008, after more than two decades as a newspaper feature writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communication from Elizabethtown College.

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