Dr. Brennan interviewed about the history of St. Patrick’s Day

Dr. Sean Brennan was recently interviewed on the website The Manual about the origins and history of St. Patrick’s Day.  You can check out the full article here.


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Dr. Adam Pratt Hosts Humanities-in-Action

Dr. Adam Pratt recently hosted a Humanities-in-Action lecture with New York Times reporter Eric Schmitt and City of Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti.  The event was sponsored by The University of Scranton Slattery Center for the Humanities.  The student-run Aquinas also ran a story on the event.



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Dr. Fan’s New Article on Life in a Chinese Treaty Port

Dr. Shuhua Fan’s most recent article “The Knight Brothers in Niuzhuang: U.S. Merchants & Foreign Life in a Small Chinese Treaty Port,” has been published in The Chinese Historical Review, Volume 27, No. 1 (May 2020): 1-31.


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Interview with Dr. Susan L. Poulson and WVIA

Check out Dr. Susan Poulson’s Interview with WVIA, which discusses the suffrage movement. Dr. Poulson is the author of the book,”Suffrage: The Epic Struggle for Women’s Right to Vote.”


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Brandon Golden ’14 Reflects on the History Major and Medical School

Brandon Golden recently shared a bit about how his experience as a history major at the University of Scranton prepared him for medical school:

History Degree to MD

After attending a prestigious medical school and securing a position at a competitive residency in emergency medicine, I am confident that my history degree was an asset. Back when I was deciding my major, I struggled to choose between the typical “pre-med major” or a degree in history, which I was passionate about but not sure it would help me get to medical school. Looking back on all of the chemical pathways, pharmacology, and pathology I have learned over the years, I never regretted using my undergraduate degree to explore my interest in history.

I would encourage anyone considering pursuing a medical education to choose a history or other humanities degree while at the University of Scranton. I believe you will stand out on the interview trail for both medical school and residency. This cannot be overstated in a field where everyone has great grades and test scores. A humanities major will help you stand out as a more well-rounded individual in a sea of “pre-med” applications. In addition, I think that the critical thinking, writing, and communication skills I developed with a history degree have helped me be a better medical student and physician. Often times I have found there is an “art” to medicine where the right answer isn’t always the one memorized in a book. There are multiple ways of being right, as long as you can back it up with supporting information. This is similar to the thinking of history majors, who can have multiple viewpoints on the same topic that can all be valid with the appropriate supporting evidence.

History and humanities majors will excel with the recent changes to medical school board exams, known as the dreaded USMLE. The shift of evaluation will be away from rote memorization (USMLE Step 1), the lowest form of learning, to more clinical and critical thinking skills that later USMLE exams (Step 2 CK) will test. Humanities majors are primed to succeed in this type of environment, in my opinion. The results of the first two years of medical school, which is heavy on memorization, will have very little impact on what type of residency you will be competitive for. Medical schools are looking to produce more and more holistic and humanistic physicians than those of the past. I would encourage you to pursue whatever major you would like, and know that it will not detract from your competitiveness for medical school. In fact, at many schools it will be seen as an asset. Learn to love life-long learning while in undergrad, and carry this with you to medical school. It will not matter if you are learning about Hamilton or histology, it will be a quest to gain more knowledge. I am confident that if you are able to perform well in the core medical school requirement classes at the University of Scranton, that will be the foundation you will need to succeed in medical school. All the other “upper level classes” in the sciences are not necessary to do well in medical school. Medical schools will teach you what you need to know without the extra frills. Take this opportunity in your life right now to study something in the humanities that you will never get exposure to again. I promise you will not regret it.


Enjoy the adventure,

Brandon Golden, M.D.

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry Class of 2020

University of Scranton Class of 2014

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“Lift High The Cross” presented by Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D.

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Dr. Shuhua Fan Wins 2020 CHUS Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Dr. Shuhua Fan!

Dr. Fan was presented with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS) at the 2020 AHA in NYC.

Dr. Fan’s Presentation: “International Debate about Francis Knight’s Scheme to Introduce Chinese Instruction at Harvard, 1877-1882,” at the Jan. 2020 American Historical Association Annual Conference, New York City, New York.

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Student Research Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Students in Dr. Aiala Levy’s Colonial Latin America course, in conjunction with the Multicultural Center, designed an exhibit to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  The student research focused on the Aztecs and their environment, religion, and the Atlantic World.  The exhibit is located on the second floor of LSC.

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The History Department makes the Royal News


History students outside the Office of the President of the Navajo Nation

The History Department is featured in the newest issue of the Royal News:



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Dr. Susan Poulson’s New Book on Suffrage


Dr. Susan Poulson’s new book, titled Suffrage: The Epic Struggle for Women’s Right to Vote, has recently been published Praeger and is now available.

The fight for women’s suffrage was a long and colorful struggle, beginning with a small number of women and men who put forth the radical idea of treating women as political equals at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. After the Civil War, an informal alliance between abolitionists and women’s rights reformers broke over the Fourteenth Amendment, which inserted the word “male” into the U.S. Constitution for the first time.

Several Western states permitted women to vote—Wyoming was the first in 1869—but national suffrage did not come until women formed a mass movement, with growing militancy, that put increasing pressure on a reluctant political establishment. After Tennessee became the final state to ratify in a dramatic vote at the state’s capital, twenty million American women were able to go to the polls in the fall of 1920.

This book has been several years in the making, with visits to over a dozen archives across the nation to highlight several of the intriguing citizens who favored and opposed the suffrage movement. The struggle mirrors the changing views and norms for American women from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth-century and provides background for the continuing evolution in gender roles today.

Congratulations to Dr. Poulson.

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