In October, the History Department hosted the annual Bill Gohlman Memorial Lecture in Global History. We had Tim Nicholson (class of 2004 and currently Assistant Professor at SUNY-Delhi) on campus to speak on “East African Students in a Post-Imperial World”. We had terrific student turnout for an impressive presentation on Tim’s research on Cold War-era Tanzania and it was nice catching up with another successful alumnus of the College.
Also in October, two History majors traveled to the Council of Public Liberal Arts College’s annual undergraduate research conference at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Liz Dierenfield presented a seminar paper she wrote for Professor Kleiman entitled “’Oh, Lord, Don’t Let ’Em Drop That PCB on Me’: African Americans, Religion, and the Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement” and Christina Kennedy presented on a directed study that she and Stephanie Tyree completed under the direction of Professor Stolee entitled ““Starved to Death: Discerning between Famine and Genocide in 1932 Ukraine”.
In early Two Geneseo History majors also traveled to the Phi Alpha Theta National Conference in Albuquerque in January to present original research. Alec Tare presented a paper entitled “Knocking off their Irons as Fast as They Could: Slave Ship Rebellions and the Secret Spirit of the Middle Passage,” which he wrote for Professor Behrend, and Adam Camiolo presented a paper entitled “Becoming Natick: Praying Towns, Missionaries, and Re-examining the Covert Spiritual War,” which he wrote for Professor Oberg.
Faculty also had a number of accomplishments in the fall. In addition to the awards and honors noted elsewhere on this blog, Professor Oberg was named McLellan Visiting Distingushed Professor of North Country History and Culture at SUNY-Plattsburgh for the Spring 2014 semester. Professor Oberg will be on leave from Geneseo in the spring and will have a one week residency at Plattsburgh as part of this program. Emilye Crosby was named as a fellow with the National Humanities Center for the 2014-5 academic year and received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship award for the 2015-6 academic year. These leaves will allow Professor Crosby to continue work on a major monograph project entitled Anything I Was Big Enough To Do: Women and Gender in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.