Hilda L. Smith was recently honored by her alma mater, Southwest Missouri State (now, Missouri State University) as an outstanding graduate of the history department. She offered a public lecture, “Letter Writer to Account Keeper: Women’s Work in Early Modern Art” on Jan. 25th based on the research she completed last year while on a fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition, she met with Phi Alpha Theta members, groups of history majors and had dinner with the faculty. She also has received a residential fellowship for the month of April to Chawton House in Hampshire, UK, which houses the largest private collection of early modern women’s writings and was a residence of one of Jane Austen’s brothers. She will research the degree to which early eighteenth century fiction continued the feminist themes elucidated by the late seventeenth-century feminists she studied earlier in her career.
Dr. William Bergmann who received his Ph.D in History from UC in 2005, and currently teaches at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, has just published his first book, The American National State and the Early West (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Dr. Bergmann’s research examines the influence of the Ohio Valley and the early West on the development of American nationalism during the early republic. His dissertation, “Commerce and Arms: The Federal Government, Native Americans, and the Economy of the Old Northwest, 1783-1807,” won the Allan Nevins Prize from the Economic History Association in 2005. He has taught courses on Colonial North America, the American Revolution and the Age of Jackson, American Manhood, and Native American History.
His new book challenges the widely held myth that the American national state was weak in the early days of the republic. Bergmann reveals how the federal government used its fiscal and military powers, as well as bureaucratic authority, to enhance land acquisitions, promote infrastructure development, and facilitate commerce and communication in the early trans-Appalachian West. Energetic federal state-building efforts prior to 1815 grew from national security interests as Native Americans and British imperial designs threatened to unravel the republic. White westerners and western state governments partnered with the federal government to encourage commercial growth and emigration and to transform the borderland into a bordered land. Taking a regional approach, Bergmann’s book contributes to social history, political science, and economic history while providing a new narrative of American expansionism, one that takes into account the unique historical circumstances of the Ohio Valley and the southern Great Lakes.
The book is already receiving excellent reviews and promises to make a lasting impact on the field.
On Friday, January 25th, at 2:30pm, please join us in the Von Rosenstiel Reading Room, 315 McMicken, to discuss Brianna Leavitt-Alcantara’s paper “Intimate Indulgences: Salvation and Local Religion Eighteenth-Century Santiago de Guatemala.” A copy of the paper can be found here, and also it is posted to the Blackboard site for the Department of History, under Content, and Current Faculty Research Projects.
This discussion is part of the ongoing UC History Department Research Seminar Series for the 2012-2013 year. There will be drinks and some sweets and savories as well as good conversation, so please join us. For any additional information, please contact Maura O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dane Kennedy, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, will be coming to the UC campus on Wednesday March 6th to give a lecture entitled: “Continents, Cartography, and the Construction of Space in the Exploration of Africa and Australia.” The lecture will be held at the Taft House lecture hall that afternoon starting at 2:30 PM.
Professor Kennedy received his Ph.D. in British history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. He teaches British and imperial history at GWU. Kennedy was also the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship for 2003-2004. Some of his publications include The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World (Harvard University Press, 2005), Britain and Empire, 1880-1945 (London, 2002), The Magic Mountains: Hill Stations and the British Raj (Berkeley, 1996; Delhi, 1996), Islands of White: Settler Society and Culture In Kenya and Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1939 (Durham, 1987), and Decentering Empire: Britain, India, and the Transcolonial World, Dane Kennedy and Durba Ghosh, eds. (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2006).