This Spring Dr. Shuhua Fan presented her paper “Francis Knight’s Scheme and the Harvard Chinese Class, 1877-1882,” at the “Taiwan and China in the World” International Conference sponsored by the University of Scranton’s Asian Studies Programs.
Dr. Susan Poulson recently presented “Redefining Home and Motherhood in the Progressive Era: Jane Addams, Charlotte Perkins G. Gilman and Ida B. Tarbell” at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Sean Brennan presented a paper on the activities of Catholic Relief Services in Poland and Hungary from 1955 to 1962 at the spring meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association in South Bend, IN at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. David Dzurec delivered a presentation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Slovakia on the American Revolution and its legacies.
Dr. Shuhua Fan presented a paper titled “Preserving Chinese Scholarly Personnel: John King Fairbank and the Rescue Mission of the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Wartime China” at a panel she organized titled “Preserving China’s Human Resources: War, Everyday Resistance, and National Survival (1937-1945)” at the 2015 (Jan. 2-5) American Historical Association Annual Conference (AHA) in New York City.
Dr. Sean Brennan will be presenting a paper entitled: “The German and Austrian Question at Yalta and Beyond” at a conference commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Yalta summit on February 25. The meeting, held in Moscow, is sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Moscow State Institute for International Relations. Who doesn’t love a late-February trip to Russia? Stay warm Sean.
On Saturday, October 18, Dr. Robert Shaffern delivered a paper entitled, “Indulgences, Syon Abbey, and the Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden,” at the Midwest Medieval Conference, which was hosted by Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Dr. Shaffern’s paper discussed the relationship between the granting of indulgences and Bridgettine spirituality. He also managed a visit with his family and a Bears game!
The Royals Historical Society is sponsoring a talk by David Wyatt entitled “A Searing Love: Protest in the 1960s.” The talk will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in LSC 238 at 4:00. The event is open to the public.
Dr. David Dzurec recently presented The Jesuit and the “Maine Law”: The Temperance Efforts of Fr. John Bapst at the Crossings and Dwellings Conference at Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Shuhua Fan has recently published The Harvard-Yenching Institute and Cultural Engineering: Remaking the Humanities in China, 1924-1951 (Lexington Books, 2014).
As the first comprehensive study on the subject, the book adopts a concept of “cultural engineering,” which is defined as a conscious design to use cultural heritage to recreate culture in order to promote a society’s development, to look at key issues in a way which accounts for interactions and initiatives on both sides and shows the difficult path toward developing common interests without neglecting tensions and conflicts, thus going beyond the various one-sided historiographies which pit Chinese against Americans or nativist rejection of modernity against cultural imperialism.
Congratulations to Dr. Fan.
This summer Drs. Domenico and Shaffern will again be leading a travel course to Italy (History 296).
The four week course, which departs in late May, will visit Naples, Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice, Milan, and the Alps. An organizational meeting is scheduled for September 23 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Thomas 412. Check out photos from the 2013 course here. For more information contact Roy Domenico or Robert Shaffern (STT 308 F and G).
As part of our ongoing series on students who graduate with a degree in History from the University of Scranton we offer a guest post from graduating senior Brandon Golden. Brandon leaves this week for a two year stint in the Peace Corps and plans to attend medical school when he returns to the United States.
When I began my undergraduate academic career, I was unsure what major to choose. I love the sciences and plan on becoming a physician. Therefore, it might seem logical to choose a science major. At the same time, I also love History and the perspective it provides me on the world. In the end, I chose to become a History major and it turned out to be the best choice I made for my pre-med studies.
As a History major I learned how to think critically and how to see the bigger picture in complicated subject matter. This way of thinking allowed me to grasp difficult science concepts that many Biology majors struggle with. I think that by being a History major, I have a different way of solving problems than other science majors. In turn, I think that when I become a physician, I will be able to have a different perspective than my other colleagues, and hopefully be a better physician because of it.
In July I will be leaving for the Peace Corps to serve as a middle/high school Math and Science teacher in Namibia. I think that my skills as a History major will continue to be useful. I will be serving for 27 months in either a rural or urban environment and will be teaching up to 50 students. I hope to apply to medical school at some point during the next two years and attend medical school when I return from Namibia. I am interested in emergency medicine and surgery.
Good luck and safe travels to Brandon.
For those of you looking for a history related summer project–see what you can do with this:
Most of the low-hanging fruit has already been taken care of, but if you can come up with a historical “thing to remember” let us know (either via e-mail or in person) and we’ll add your entry to Dr. Adam Pratt’s door. Enjoy your summer.