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) (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739168509) was published by Peking University Press in October 2017 (http://www.pup.cn/scrp/bookdetail.cfm?iBookNo=95171&sYc=1), 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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Senior History Major (and Future Dentist) Maura Burns Wins Library Research Prize

Charles E. Kratz, dean of the library and information fluency at The University of Scranton, awarded the 2018 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Upper-level category to Maura C. Burns, a senior History major with minors in Biology and Biochemistry from Jessup, Pennsylvania.

The Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton inaugurated the prize in 2011 to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools, and services. In 2017, the prize was named for Professor Emerita Bonnie W. Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011.

Burns, winner in the Undergraduate Upper-level category for the winning project completed in a 200- to 400-level course, submitted to the competition her paper “Medicine in the American Revolution,” completed in the course HIST 490: Senior Seminar on the American Revolution, taught by Dr. David Dzurec. Researching and writing on a topic that combined her love for medicine and her passion for history, Burns utilized many of the Library’s resources and services to complete the research for this project, including the databases, the Library catalog and print collection, the eBook collection, EBSCOhost’s digital archives, the online research guide for History, the Circulation Services desk, and the printing and scanning stations throughout the Library. Through the websites curated on the Library’s History research guide, she discovered digital archival resources relevant to her inquiry that are housed outside of the University; in her description of research she explains, “I learned that the University of Scranton website connects to a network of libraries and resources that helped me form the backbone of my paper.” Burns goes on to rightly note that “just like history, research is unpredictable,” and that “research is a learning experience in and of itself,” things she learned through conducting the research for this project.

Maura will be starting dental school this fall.

Congratulations Maura!

Senior History Major Maura Burns and her parents

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Phi Alpha Theta 2018 Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to newly inducted Phi Alpha Theta members. The Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony was held on April 16th, 2018. Listed below are newly inducted members for 2018.

Matthew Peter Didelot

Mary Virginia Farrell

Anna Maria Giblin

Kyle J. Kolcharno

Kylie Mignat

Nicole Schaeffer

Kevin Michael Steinke

Mackenzie Elizabeth Wilson

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Dr. Kennedy, the Boston Marathon, and Only A Game

Dr. Lawrence Kennedy’s new book, Bricklayer Bill, was featured on NPR’s Only a Game this weekend in anticipation of Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon this coming Monday.  You can check out the Only A Game segment here.

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Dr. Aiala Levy: Collaborative Reading and Note-Taking: How to Foster a Forum Using Google Docs

Be sure to check out this article written by Dr. Aiala Levy in the April 2018 Perspectives magazine.





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