Fall 2014 Newsletter
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This is the first book designed for university and high school teachers who want to integrate queer history into the standard curriculum. With its inspiring stories, classroom-tested advice, and rich information, it is a valuable resource for anyone who thinks history should be an all-inclusive story.
Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History offers a wealth of insight for teachers. Introductory essays by Leila J. Rupp and Susan K. Freeman make clear why queer history is important and provide global historical context, showing that same-sex sexual desire and gender change are not new, modern phenomena. Teachers in diverse educational settings provide narratives of their experiences teaching queer history. A topical section offers seventeen essays on such themes as sexual diversity in early America, industrial capitalism and emergent sexual cultures, and gay men and lesbians in World War II. Contributors include detailed suggestions for integrating these topics into a standard U.S. history curriculum, including creative and effective assignments. A final section addresses sources and interpretive strategies well-suited to the history classroom.
Taken as a whole, Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History will help teachers at all levels navigate through cultural touchstones and political debates and provide a fuller knowledge of significant events in history.
Prof. John Tully, in his dual role as Social Studies Coordinator and President of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, was a part of team that made a presentation to the State Board of Education on 1 May. Joined by the Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, Prof. Tully outlined the marginalization of social studies in the K-12 curriculum and urged the Board and the Commissioner of Education to respond to this crisis. He told the Board that:
“We simply cannot let the fates determine if our future generations understand the duties and freedoms associated with being members of a democratic society, gain perspective on the world, or appreciate the sacrifices our parents made. All of us, as citizens of the state of Connecticut, and you, as stewards of our state’s schools, need to work actively to give our students the learning experiences they need to join our ranks as educated and skilled members of our society.
And while I’m sure that nobody in this room would disagree with any of this, history will judge us, as we will surely judge ourselves, by how much effort we make to align our actions with our values.”
The panel specifically called on the Board and the State Department of Education to hire a Social Studies Consultant and to adopt the Social Studies Framework, a road map for districts planning social studies curriculum.
Prof. Kate McGrath will be on two panels at 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies. She will be delivering a paper titled, “Historical Writing as a Form of Communication in Post-Conquest Disputes,” in the session on Communities, Communications, and Conflict. She was also invited to be a member of a round-table on “Teaching Medieval History to Undergraduates.”
Prof. Matthew Specter was selected to participate in a two-week summer seminar for faculty at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. The 2013 Curt C. and Elise Silberman Seminar for University Faculty is entitled, “Teaching about the Holocaust: Antisemitism, the Final Solution, Jewish Response and Denial.”This year’s seminar leader is Christopher Browning, Frank Graham Porter Distinguished Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill
Dr. Donald Rogers has been name a Finalist for the CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award.
Prof. Matthew Specter will be Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences
in Vienna in the Fall semester of 2013.
He was awarded the fellowship to work on a second book, “The Realists: The Making of a Transatlantic Foreign Policy Tradition,” which focuses on the lives and work of three Germans or German-Jewish emigres: Carl Schmitt, Wilhelm Grewe, and Hans Morgenthau, all of whom were active and influential in foreign policy cirlces in the 1930s and 40s in Europe, United States, or both.
He also presented a paper, “Between Critical Theory and the Basic Law: Juergen Habermas’s Reconstruction of German Political Thought,” on panels at two conferences: the annual meetings of the German Studies Association in October 2012 and the American Historical Association in January 2013.
Congratulations to Mike Forino, winner of the Graduate Studies Outstanding Scholar Award in the School of Arts and Sciences. Mike is an MA student in Public History. The History Department recognized Mike Forino and Michael Conlin as its top graduate students this year. All those who were honored at the ceremony last night were students with amazing achievements.
In October 2012 Professor Gloria Emeagwali gave the Keynote Address at the 57th Annual Conference of the Historical Society of Nigeria
. She was made a Fellow of the Historical Society and a Member of Council in a public ceremony.
Professor Emeagwali has also accepted an invitation to assist in the restructuring of the Graduate Program at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, and give a public lecture to the university community. While in Mekelle, a few miles from the historic city of Aksum, she plans to visit some of the fascinating sculptured churches of that region.