IS Grad and former work-study Cat Bruno on her year in JVC

My name is Catherine Bruno and I’m a proud graduate of the University of Scranton, class of 2018 as well as a former work-study in the History Department. I graduated from Scranton with a degree in International Studies and French. Nearing the end of my college career, I was faced with the classic college senior dilemma; what am I going to do after I graduate? As I enjoyed outings with friends, studied for exams, and did my rounds as a Freshman RA, I constantly thought about how I wanted my future to look. It was all I could think about for months! I applied for a number of different jobs and graduate programs, but the one I felt most called to was the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. I was drawn to JVC initially due to its wide array of volunteer locations and opportunities. JVs can serve for either one year domestically or two years internationally in one of five countries. Opportunities range from working as a high school teacher in Micronesia to a Refugee Resettlement Agent in Atlanta. The International Studies major in me leapt at the opportunity to live and work in another country for two whole years! Not only was JVC the best fit logistically, but its promotion of the Jesuit values I had come to learn and love at Scranton made me 100% certain that it was the right choice. After months of interviews and discerning, I was finally given my placement; an elementary school English teacher in a school called Fe y Alegria in Tacna, Peru. Having now been in Tacna for 10 months my job has expanded to include other duties at the school such as the director of both the pastoral team and the girl’s empowerment group. My most recent job includes working with the Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes which provides aid to the thousands of Venezuelans who have settled in Tacna as a result of instability in Venezuela. The lessons I’ve learned through my experiences so far have been invaluable and I’m looking forward to learning so much more in the year ahead.

Tacna community 2019. From left: Camila, Maggie, Faith, Cat.

Sunsets outside of my bedroom window.

4th graders showing off their market skills after finishing a unit on buying and selling!

Getting a little grungy on Mes de Mision in Estique Pueblo. January 2019.

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Fr. Carbonneau on St. Ann’s Novena and Coal Mine Spirituality in Scranton

Fr. Rob Carbonneau recently spoke with WVIA about the place of St. Ann’s Novena in Scranton’s History.  The discussion is based on his article, “Coal Mines, St. Ann’s Novena and Passionist Spirituality in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1902-2002”, in “American Catholic Studies”, Vol. 115, #2 (2004).

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Department Picnic 2019

The History Department held its end of the year picnic on the Saturday before Senior Week.  Faculty, staff, and the History and International Studies seniors all gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the last four years.  Congratulations Class of 2019!

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Author Interview with Dr. Dzurec


Dr. David Dzurec recently posted to the “Author’s Corner” on the history blog, “The Way of Improvement Leads Home.”

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Dr. Dzurec on John Jay and the Algerian Crisis

Dr. David Dzurec recently contributed a guest post to the Papers of John Jay Blog:

John Jay Confronts the Algerian Crisis



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Dr. Sean Brennan on “The Priest Who Put Europe Back Together”

May 8 is celebrated as V-E Day, commemorating the Allied acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender. Much has been written about the ensuing months and years as Europe recovered from the horrors of the war. But many haven’t heard of Fr. Fabian Flynn, who acted as a confessor to Nazi War Criminals, helped refugees in Austria and stood with Hungarian Revolutionaries in Budapest. Dr. Sean Brennan was recently interviewed by Al Kresta about the life of this priest who helped put Europe back together.

Kresta in the Afternoon – May 8, 2019 – Hour 2


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2019 Phi Alpha Theta

Congratulations to newly inducted Phi Alpha Theta members. The Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony was held on Monday, April 8th, 2019. Listed below are newly inducted members for 2019.

Rebecca Brady

John William Burke

Hayden S. Davis

Anna DiTaranto

Sarah C. Hickey

Michelle Rose Krzemieniecki

Sara Laga

James McKane

Erik S. Ridley

Adam Sunday

Casey Welby

Cassandra Wisdo


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Fr. Carbonneau on the Passionist Exhibit at the Weinberg Library


Father Rob Carbonneau, Passionist Historian and Adjunct Professor of History, recently spoke to WYOU and WVIA about the new Passionist exhibit at the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Fr. Carbonneau will be giving a public talk on Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room. The lecture will focus on remembering the witness of faith of the martyred priests, and the larger story of the Chinese Catholic witness of faith. The reception is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.



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Dr. Shuhua Fan, Summer 2018- Presentation and Publication

  1. Conference Presentation: “The Knight Brothers at Newchwang (Niuzhuang): Foreign Community in Mid-Nineteenth Century Chinese Treaty Ports,” at the June 21-23, 2018 Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. Publication: Chinese edition of The Harvard-Yenching Institute and Cultural Engineering: Remaking the Humanities in China, 1924-1951 (Lanham: Lexington Books, August 2014) ( was published by Peking University Press in October 2017 (, 348pp.
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The Navajo Nation First Hand

This past August fourteen students traveled to the Navajo Nation as part of a travel course on the History and Law of the Navajo People.  Students had a chance to meet representatives from all three branches of the Navajo tribal government, experienced the culinary joys of fry bread, visited Anasazi ruins, and hiked both Canyon DeShelly and the Grand Canyon.

Students outside the office of the President of the Navajo Nation

Window Rock, the namesake of the Navajo capital city.

Royal pride at Canyon DeShelly

The “White House” Anasazi Ruins

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