- Colin Elliott was interviewed on NPR’s “The Indicator” from Planet Money where he discussed the Roman economy and the financial crisis of AD 33. Earlier in December he talk about cash, money, cryptocurrency and Star Trek on WFIU Public Radio’s ‘Porchlight’ with Tom Roznowski.
- Carl Ipsen spent May 2019 interviewing olive farmers and olive oil producers in Puglia. Those interviews formed the basis for a forthcoming article in Gastronomica, a food studies journal. He then spent most of June at the University of Gastronomic Sciences where he presented a paper on the history of oil production in southern Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries at a conference entitled “Food Mobilities: Making World Cuisines” and taught several classes in two of the Masters programs there. Finally in July he participated in fieldwork in Sicily exploring issues related to PDO (Protected Designated of Origin) agriculture. He returned to Puglia for the olive harvest and oil production this past November during which time he conducted additional interviews and had a cinematographer film harvest and milling for an eventual short video. He also recently received a CAHI award to conduct additional olive oil research in Sicily in May 2020.
- Graduate student Szabolcs László published his paper “Promoting the Kodály Method during the Cold War: Hungarian Cultural Diplomacy and the Transnational Network of Music Educators in the 1960s and 1970s” in the English language special issue of Múltunk, one of the leading Hungarian history journals, addressing the topic of "Openness and Closedness – Culture and Science in Hungary and the Soviet Bloc after Helsinki." The entire issue can be downloaded here.
- Rebecca Spang’s The Invention of the Restaurant: Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture (2000) has been re-issued by Harvard University Press. The trade paperback edition has an additional preface, as well as a foreword by Adam Gopnik. Rebecca also contributed to the BBC World Service program “The Forum: A History of Restaurants” which first aired on Dec. 26, 2019 (podcast here).
- Graduate student Amanda Waterhouse has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship. She will spend most of 2020 in Colombia working on her dissertation, tentatively titled Grassroots Architects: Planning & Protest in the Building of Colombia.
Each Friday during the academic year, we update our department newsletter. Current students, alumni, faculty and staff can contribute news, announcements and upcoming on-campus events by sending email to Nick Roberts. The deadline each week is Thursday at noon.
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