Graduate Student & Alumni News
Congratulations to Charles Carroll! Charlie has been accepted to the History PhD program at Brown University. In addition, he recently published a review of Ronald Witt's The Two Latin Cultures and the Foundation of Renaissance Humanism in Medieval Italy in the Fall 2012 issue of Hortulus, a graduate medieval studies journal.
Jonathan Green (public history track) announces the opening of “A Lasting Legacy: Stanley Bauman and His Camera.” Under the supervision of college archivist Nicole Casper, Jon curated this exhibit for the Stonehill College Archives and Historical Collection. Stanley Bauman was a photographer for the Brockton Enterprise; his work documents Brockton’s rich history from the 1930s through the 2000s. The exhibit includes a selection of Mr. Bauman’s cameras and original scrapbooks, as well as his photographs. “A Lasting Legacy” will be on view from April 26, 2013-August 15, 2014. Click here for more information.
Five history graduate students served as judges for the Massachusetts History Day regional and/or state contests in 2013: Nicole Breault, Charles Carroll, Janine Hubai, Joan Ilacqua, and David Reker. History faculty and staff Jane Becker and Emily Bloch also judged. Massachusetts History Day is the state affiliate of National History Day, a highly regarded academic program for middle and secondary school students that won the National Humanities Award in 2011. Ask the grad students about their experiences in supporting young historians!
In March, Arabeth Balasko will present at the New England Archivists Spring 2013 Meeting at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester. Balasko's presentation will focus on the academic and administrative evolution of the University of Massachusetts Boston since its creation in 1964. Additionally, she will discuss the preparation, collaboration, and organization of archival documents in anticipation of UMass Boston’s 50th Anniversary celebration. For information about the conference, see: http://www.newenglandarchivists.org.
Arabeth Balasko’s review of The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository by Christina Zamon will appear in the January 2013 New England Archivists Newsletter. For more information about NEA, please visit: http://www.newenglandarchivists.org.
Congratulations to Nicole Breault, who was awarded the Dr. Robert W. Spayne Master's Thesis Research grant for Fall 2012. Breault will present a paper based on her thesis research—"Mashpee Wampanoag Government Formation and Evolving Community Identity in the District of Marshpee, 1834-1949"—in February at Duke University and North Carolina State, and in April at Roger Williams University.
Vincent Capone is teaching an OLLI course this spring, “China Through Film.” In March, he will present a paper at the Northeast Modern Language Association--"Silent Censors: How Chinese Social Media Encourages Anti-Japanese Racism." Click here for more information on the conference.
Mary T Concannon presented a paper, "Pilgrims & Pokanokets: Creating a Middle Ground in Southeastern Massachusetts in the Early Seventeenth Century," at the University of Massachusetts Boston Conflict Resolution Graduate Student Conference, "Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas," in October of 2012. She also participated in two discussion panels: "Indigenous Systems of Conflict Resolution" and "War in the 21st Century: Legal, Ethical, and Strategic Issues."
Damon Halback (MA 2012, teaching track) was just accepted to the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Stanford University.
Janine Hubai will present her work "Fort Devens: Civil Rights Unrest and African-American Identity in a Northern Military Community during World War II" at the Graduate Student Conference "Brave New World" hosted by the Department of History and Religion at Concordia University in Montreal. Hubai has been awarded travel funds from the GSA to support her trip. For more information on the Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference at Concordia, see: http://agicconcordia.wordpress.com.
Alum Joe Harris (MA 2011, public history track) is coordinator for the Marilyn Maxwell Latch Academic Support Program at Massasoit Community College in Brockton. Harris continues to serve as a director of Friends of Borderland, North Easton, that assists the state in preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of Borderland State Park—former estate of Harvard botanist Oakes Ames, and his wife Blanche, an artist and suffragist. Joe conducts tours of the historic Ames mansion, and plans and hosts educational and fundraising events.
Laurie Pazzano (MA 2011, public history track) will deliver her talk, “Peace field: The New England Farm of John and Abigail Adams,” at the Thomas P. Crane Library in Quincy on March 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.
This fall, Kellie Saunders-Houston (MA 2012, public history track) left her job at the Maryland Historical Society to take a full-time development position at the Gilman School (a K-12, all-boys private school in Baltimore). She will continue to serve as secretary of the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society, a committee of members between the ages of 21 and 40 who raise money and awareness through social programming geared toward a younger audience. Saunders-Houston looks forward to this challenge, and to learning more about fundraising in her new position.
Clara Silverstein Schnee (MA 2011, public history track) is pleased to announce the publication of her chapter, "One Nation, Two Inclusive Founding Stories,” in We Are What We Remember: The American Past Through Commemoration (Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2012) edited by Jeffrey Lee Meriwether and Laura Mattoon D’Amore. Clara’s contribution, based on her MA thesis, focuses on America’s founding stories told by Historic Jamestown and Plimoth Plantation. She considers the founding narratives created in the 1950s and new 21st century versions. More information about the book may be found here.
Lynda Willett (MA 2012) is now teaching English as a Second Language at Quinsigamond Community College.