Two History Faculty Members Honored with Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureships
Professors Charlene Mires and Lorrin Thomas were invited in February 2014 by the Organization of American Historians to join the ranks of their distinguished lecturers. As the invitation states, “Since 1981, OAH presidents have appointed their most illustrious and dynamic colleagues to our program, making it one of the longest running and most successful efforts of its kind among scholarly associations.” This is a three-year appointment through spring 2017 that will have each historian delivering at least one lecture each year on the OAH’s behalf. Most importantly, an OAH Distinguished Lectureship is a tremendous honor that speaks to the scholarly reputations and contributions of both Dr. Mires and Dr. Thomas.
Kate Epstein was recently interviewed on “In Focus” for PHL-17. See Dr. Epstein’s interview.
Salon.com featured an excerpt from Dr. Epstein’s Torpedo: The Invention of the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013): Read the full article.
Dr. Epstein’s January 26, 2014 op-ed article in The Boston Globe: Read the full article.
A new course taught by Dawn Walsh, entitled “Queer America,” was featured on the FASC News website.
Dr. Charlene Mires and M.A.R.C.H. hosted national conference on the National Parks Service
Using the 2011 OAH report Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service as a focal point, the National Park Service, Northeast Region; the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden; Rutgers-Camden Department of History; and Rutgers-Camden’s Career Center held a forum on November 6 to examine the presentation of history in the National Park Service. If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the video recording online.
Dr. Wayne Glasker to Lead Free Documentary Film Series, “Freedom, Equality, Democracy: Looking Back, Moving Forward”
“It is less a lecture series than a public history series, one that explores history through documentary film,” explains Glasker. “The purpose is to take ‘history’ out to the community through public libraries and institutions. We want to talk to the people, not just other historians and professionals, whom we meet at conferences.”
Dr. Andrew Shankman took part in New York’s celebration of the 225th anniversary of the state’s ratification of the United States Constitution by examining the role of Alexander Hamilton.
From the “Heritage Lecture Series” site: “Shankman’s lecture, ‘The Gentleman and the Democrat: New York’s Battle over the US Constitution in Poughkeepsie’ [covered] the confrontation behind Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, champion of the Federalist cause, and Dutchess County native Melancton Smith, who led the Anti-Federalists in their fight against the Constitution. The debates that raged for weeks during the summer of 1788 would decide the fate of the American Republic and placed Poughkeepsie on the world stage.” Click here for a link to the video.
Congratulations to Dr. Janet Golden: In August 2012 the editorial staff of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) named her their “Reviewer of the Year” for her contributions and service.
For the latest write-up on Dr. Charlene Mires’s Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations
- from “PASS BLUE: Covering the UN” – click here.
Dr. Wayne Glasker interviewed June 26, 2013 on WTFX Fox News about Nelson Mandela: video here
AAUP Announces Winner of 2013 Sternberg Award
Dr. Janet Golden is the winner of the American Association of University Professors’ annual Marilyn Sternberg Award
Posted April 30, 2013 at http://www.aaup.org/news/aaup-announces-winner-2013-sternberg-award
This year’s Sternberg Award committee is pleased to announce Janet Golden of Rutgers University, Camden as the winner of the 2013 Marilyn Sternberg Award. The committee was especially impressed by Janet’s work on the campaign to “Save Rutgers Camden.” Her leadership and activism have been exemplary. Please join us in recognizing Janet at the AAUP-CBC’s Annual Meeting this June. Patrick Nowlan, Executive Director of the Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters, writes the following tribute to her work:
Dr. Wayne Glasker is honored by the NAACP’s Camden County East Chapter
From Rutgers-Camden News Now: Wayne Glasker, an associate professor of history at Rutgers–Camden, was honored with a Visionary Leader Award from the Camden County East chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the chapter’s Freedom Fund Awards ceremony held on April 20.
The award was accompanied by a joint legislative commendation from New Jersey’s Fifth Legislative District, as well as a proclamation from Freeholder Louis Cappelli Jr. and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Freedom Fund Awards are bestowed to individuals who have made a positive impact in their community by taking a stand and supporting equality, righteousness and a sense of community. Glasker was recognized for excellence in teaching and leadership in education.
Dr. Janet Golden’s latest book is the subject of this article by Nicholas Day in Slate (April 17, 2013).
“The First Baby Blogs, Over 100 Years Ago”
Illustration by Robert Neubecker
In 1914, a baby named Charlie Flood was born, and if you do not know his name, it is not because his infancy was uneventful: It is reported that, at the very least, some quicklime burned his face and a buttonhook snagged on his tongue.
How do we know these things a century later? From his baby blog. Wait—I mean, his baby book. A new accoutrement of parenthood, coming into existence just a few decades before Charlie Flood himself, baby books were where mothers—and they were almost always mothers—recorded the mundane, wondrous details of infancy. These books didn’t just prefigure the modern baby mania of the Internet, they also marked a significant moment: For likely the first time in history, it became common for a whole population to write down their random thoughts about their babies. The baby books, like baby blogs today, were a new genre that encouraged parents to pay more attention to every tiny detail of infancy.
“They are really early baby blogs,” says Janet Golden, a historian at Rutgers-Camden, who read the baby book of Charlie Flood and those of countless other babies in her research on the history of babies in modern America. Sometimes fancy bound volumes, often cheap, thin-papered pamphlets, baby books went mass market in America beginning in the 1910s, and only became more popular over the succeeding decades.
Dr. Phil Scranton’s guest post, “Writing Reimagining Business History by reimagining writing,” on the Johns Hopkins University Press blog:
When a scholarly book is finished, and before readers and critics decide what it means and what use it might have, an author (or in this case, coauthor) mightwell ask what’s been learned in the process. Academics write to communicate with and influence others, to be sure, but “doing the writing” usually remains an intensely personal and private affair. Whatever my work may deliver, at base I write for an audience of one, me.
From the Rutgers University website: our very own women historians
Dr. Kate Epstein
We just got word that Dr. Kate Epstein is the recipient of the Ohio Academy of History‘s 2013 Dissertation Award for her excellent “Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex.” Soon appearing with Harvard University Press (perhaps even soon to be a motion picture), Torpedo will no doubt hit its mark many times over.
Dr. Charlene Mires
From The New York Times on Sunday, March 10, 2013:
In “Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations” (New York University Press, $29.95), Professor Mires recounts the intense competition among 248 localities vying for the honor. Her detailed narrative is surprisingly accessible — even droll. After the Security Council convened at the Bronx campus of Hunter College (now Lehman College), James J. Lyons, the borough president, crowed: “History will record that the Bronx was the first capital of the world.”
Suburban hopes to host the headquarters were not helped when diplomats got lost on their way to the Rockefeller estate near Tarrytown, N.Y. “Looking back,” she writes, “if it all seems a bit crazy, then we have lost touch with the atmosphere of determination, hope and anxiety that characterized American society at the end of the Second World War.”
Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations
Dr. Charlene Mires
And more news about Dr. Mires! As director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, she is among the curators of the current exhibition (January 14-March 1, 2013) at the RU Camden Stedman Gallery for the Arts.
“Visions of Camden” includes artifacts, paintings, photographs, and other materials relevant to the city’s rich history.
Dr. Kate Epstein
Professor Katherine Epstein’s image recently (2/12/13) graced an article about the revitalization of Camden on the Flying Kite website. In the article, author Tara Nurin describes how Dr. Epstein’s activism to prevent the 2012 proposed “merger” with Roman University made her ‘the bravest woman in New Jersey.’
Dr. Andrew Shankman
Professor Andrew Shankman’s Crucible of American Democracy: The Struggle to Fuse Egalitarianism and Capitalism in Jeffersonian Pennsylvania earned praise from Sharon Murphy, the 2012 Hagley Prize winner for the best book in business history and a faculty member at Providence College. According to Murphy, in tandem with Stephen Mihm’s A Nation of Counterfeiters, Shankman’s work demonstrates that “to write good business history, you first have to be a good historian, firmly embedding the topic in the relevant political, legal, social, and cultural contexts of the period.”
Dr. Philip Scranton
For an article honoring Dr. Philip Scranton for his 21 years as director of the Hagley Museum’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, go to this site: Hagley Library and Archives News (January 2, 2013)
Phil Scranton displaying a framed picture presented by the Hagley Museum & Library to recognize his many accomplishments in 21 years.
Dr. Charlene Mires
With great pride, we would like to announce that Charlene Mires, associate professor of history and director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH), just received a two-year $81,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation for her online Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. From the Encyclopedia’s press release: “The grant will allow us to enhance the Encyclopedia’s digital platform by adding photo galleries of material artifacts; place-mapping; new text about Philadelphia’s history; links between history and the news; and more. We look forward to working with our civic partners as well as the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in developing these new features.
“The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, works to close the achievement gap for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. With assets of nearly $2 billion, the Foundation distributes approximately $80 million in grants annually. Learn more about the Foundation at http://www.williampennfoundation.org.”
Dr. Janet Golden
Just announced! Janet Golden will be honored with the 2012 American Association for the History of Nursing’s Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing. With co-authors Cynthia Connolly and Benjamin Schneider, Dr. Golden published “‘A Startling New Chemotherapy Agent’: Pediatric Infectious Disease and the Introduction of Sulfonamides at Baltimore’s Syndenham Hospital” in Bulletin of the History of Medicine v. 86, #21 (Spring 2012): 66-93.