Dr.Sean Brennan spent five weeks in October and November in Almaty, Kazakhstan helping to establish an academic exchange program between the University of Scranton and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, the premier university in Kazakhstan. He also taught a four-week seminar on online education, and gave a number of lectures on international relations, terrorism, and US-Kazakh ties at a number of conferences and forums sponsored by the University. He also had a chance to visit Kazakhstan’s other largest cities, the new capital of Astana and the coal center, Karaganda.


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Dr. Fan Had a Busy Summer With a Fellowship at The Library of Congress!


Fellowship: Residential fellow at the Library of Congress, funded by a 2016 Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship from Asian Division of the Library of Congress. I am one of the two 2016 residential fellows at the Asian Division of the Library.

Conference Presentation: Submitted a paper titled “International Debate about Francis Knight’s Scheme to Start Chinese Instruction at Harvard, 1877-1882” to a joint international symposium titled “Modern China in World Affairs: Interaction and Mutual Influence,” which was organized by Historical Society of Twentieth Century China (HSTCC) and the Institute of Modern History at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, August 19-21, 2016. Since I could not go to the conference, I asked a colleague in my field to read my PPT file.

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Dr. Shaffern Helps Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the German Reformation



From June 26 until July 6, Dr. Robert Shaffern of the History Department took part in a seminar on the Protestant Reformation at the invitation of the Studienforum Berlin, a non-for-profit scholarly institute in Berlin, Germany. This seminar was held in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the initiation of the Reformation in Germany. For two weeks, participants in the seminar presented their thoughts on various aspects of the thought of Martin Luther; discussions among the participants followed these presentations. Presenters confronted such topics as Luther’s reaction to the Peasants’ War of 1525, his anti-Judaism, his liturgical and theological innovations, and his continuing legacy in German history. In addition to Berlin, the seminar also held sessions in Wittenberg, Torgau, Erfurt and Eisenach.


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Phi Alpha Theta Inducts New Members

pht2016On April 12, 2016 The University of Scranton chapter Phi Alpha Theta inducted ten new members. Congratulations on your scholarly achievement!

Megan Alexandra Bershefsky

Kaelyn Jacques

Matthew Lasewicz

Albert J. Mackarey

Colin Arthur Moretti

Amanda T. Palardy

Joseph Carlo Princetta

Thomas M.A. Shaffern

Nicholas Silva

Mariah R. Turner

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Dr. Poulson presents on “Divorce & Women’s Rights” in the Hoosier State


On February 20th, Dr. Susan Poulson presented a paper entitled, “Divorce & Women’s Rights: Robert Dale Owen, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Horace Greeley” at the Indiana Association of Historians Annual Meeting in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1860, Greeley, an influential newspaper editor, engaged reformer Robert Dale Owen in a public debate on the merits of divorce. Owen favored liberal divorce while Greeley feared that social decay would follow. Stanton engaged in the fray, adding a women’s rights perspective on the issue. Dr. Poulson is grateful for the University Intersession Grant that enabled her to travel to Indiana and Kentucky to do research for the paper.

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Scranton Faculty at the AHA


Dr. Sean Brennan, Dr. Shuhua Fan, and Dr. Adam Pratt all participated in the recent gathering of the American Historical Association in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2016.  Dr. Fan presented, “Francis Knight, President Eliot, Ko Kunhua, and the Harvard Chinese Class, 1877-1882.”  Dr. Brennan commented on a panel entitled “European Catholic Thought in Modern Europe.”  Dr. Pratt participated in the “Ask an Assistant Professor” booth which was staffed by a rotating cadre of junior faculty from a variety of institutions who answered questions about what being an assistant professor is really like in various settings.

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The Hope Horn Gallery Presents Former Scranton Mayor Ezra Ripple’s Civil War Memoir


James Taylor. Leaving Florence Prison. Digital reproduction of lantern slide.  1897.

During the 1890s, Civil War veteran and Scranton mayor Ezra Ripple presented public lectures about his experiences as a prisoner of war in camps at Andersonville, Georgia, and Florence, South Carolina, in 1864-1865.  In addition, Ripple commissioned Civil War illustrator James Taylor to produce drawings and magic lantern slides based on his memoirs. Presented in conjunction with the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the city of Scranton, this project is co-sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society and a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley, and Edward G. Staback.

The exhibit runs through March 11, 2016


Special Events: February 5, 2016
Gallery Lecture
“Andersonville and Florence Prisons: The Ezra Hoyt Ripple Memoir”
Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D
Director, Hope Horn Gallery
Brennan Hall, Room 228, at The University of Scranton
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Public Reception
The Hope Horn Gallery
Hyland Hall, 4th Floor, at The University of Scranton
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Dr. Dzurec presents at University for a Day

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Akhil Reed Amar, Sondra Myers, David Dzurec, and Colette Mazzucelli at University for a Day.

The past September Dr. David Dzurec presented “Remember that Old New York Was Once New Amsterdam: The Dutch Roots of American Pluralism” at the Schemel Forum’s University for a Day.  The full talk can be viewed here.



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Royals “Scanathon”

Scanning Away!

Scanning Away!

As part of the City of Scranton’s yearlong 150th Anniversary celebration, the Royals Historical Society and Adam Pratt’s History 140 class participated in the Weinberg Memorial Library Scanathon in October. Along with community partners the Lackawanna Historical Society and the Scranton Public Library, the group successfully digitized materials from the Scranton Family Papers Collection.  Check out complete coverage on the Library’s blog.



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University of Scranton History Alum Helps Anchor NBC’s Coverage of the Papal Visit

12043149_954538807918580_7536644578463540888_nNotre Dame Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Scranton Class of 1993, recently appeared on NBC and MSNBC along with Chris Matthews to offer coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States. Professor Cummings is an associate professor of American studies and the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.


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