April Tipsheet

April 1, 2010

Xavier professor of history, John Fairfield's book, The Public and Its Possibilities is being published in April. He is giving a paper on “movies and cities” at OSU’s Modern U.S. Seminar April 3 and making a presentation at the Allen County (Ohio) Historical Society on “The Public and Its Possibilities” June 18. He is offering an ERS workshop on “The Ecology of the City” in May and early June. With Kathleen Smythe, professor of history, Liz Blume, executive director of the Community Building Institute, and Gene Beaupre, political science, he has designed a new set of block courses on green urbanism and urban farming.
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Kathleen Smythe, professor of history, spent six weeks in Ghana where she shared responsibilities of faculty trip leader for an Academic Service Learning Semester. Other members of the History Department who have been trip leaders for Academic Service Learning Semesters are Julia O'Hara, associate professor of history, (Nicaragua) and Christine Anderson, also associate professor of history (Urban).
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Robert Jefferson, Director of the STARS mentoring program for minority students, accompanied Xavier's STARS students to the statewide conference in Dayton, March 26-28.
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David Mengel, associate professor of history, is serving as president of the Fourteenth Century Society. He has proposed and organized a series of sessions for the Fourteenth-century Society at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, for May 2010. Mengel has also begun to serve a 5-year term on the steering committee for Austrian and Hapsburg History, a body which organizes sessions for the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.
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Rachel Chrastil, assistant professor of history, received a Commendation by the Jury for the Malcolm Bowie Prize, “The French Red Cross, War Readiness, and Civil Society, 1866-1914,” sponsored by the Society for French Studies (based in Britain), for articles published in 2008 by early career researchers in any discipline related to French Studies.
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Rachel Chrastil and Julia O'Hara, assistant and associate professor of history, respectively, participated in a roundtable on “Anri Sala’s Intervista: Art, History and Memory,” Perspectives Lecture at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.
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Christine Anderson, associate professor of history, is teaching a seminar on "Cincinnati in the Civil Rights Era." The course has included speakers on Cincinnati's Civil Rights Movement, a presentation on King Records by Brian Powers, and a roundtable with three of King Records session musicians. Students in the course are also involved in a Community Engagement project involving local schools and the Evanston Community Council sponsoring a contest: What are the lyrics to your song?

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Amy Whipple, assistant professor of history, has had two articles accepted by major journals: "‘Into Every Home, Into Every Body’: Organicism and Anti-Statism in the British Anti-Fluoridation Movement, 1952-1960" Twentieth-Century British History, subject to minor revisions) and "Speaking for Whom? The 1971 Festival of Light and the Search for the ‘Silent Majority’" (Contemporary British History, forthcoming)