- This fall, IU History welcomes Elizabeth Grennan Browning as Adjunct Assistant Professor. Browning, who completed her doctoral work at the University of California, Davis, in 2017, is one of 12 research fellows from across many disciplines who will bring their experience and expertise to IU's new Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI). Together, the ERI fellows will address a wealth of environmental preparedness issues and assist in developing solutions for Indiana and beyond. Browning joins IU's growing group of historians who investigate human interactions with the natural and built environment. Her current book project, "Nature's Laboratory: Urban Environmental Reform, Human Nature, and Social Control in Chicago, 1880-1945," retells the story of Progressive Era Chicago as a story of the roots of environmentalism--social and physical. For her forthcoming Indiana work, Browning writes, she plans to "document how local peoples have thought about and interacted with their surrounding natural environment, from pre-contact history to the present day." You can read more about Browning and the other ERI research fellows here.
- On May 8, 2018, Maria Bucur, John V. Hill Professor of History and Gender Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the National University for Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest.
- Congratulations to History graduate Christopher Dobbs (BA, 1995) on his appointment as Director of the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT. http://www.kxlf.com/story/38437655/msu-announces-new-director-for-museum-of-the-rockies
- IU History Ph.D. Tanisha Ford was featured last May on CBS News, where she analyzed Childish Gambino's "This is America" video: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/analyzing-childish-gambinos-powerful-music-video-this-is-america/. Tanisha is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History at the University of Delaware and the author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Organization of American Historians' Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best book on civil rights history.
- Please welcome Bengt Sandin, a professor emeritus at the Department of Child Studies at the University of Linköping, is spending the 2018-19 academic year at IU. His research has focused on children and childhood in a historical perspective. His publications span the period from the Early Modern to the late Swedish Welfare State including studies on Early Modern Education and State building, Child Labour, Street Children, Educational Media Politics, and Welfare Politics and involve both an engagement in social and cultural history of children and the construction of childhood. Recent project and publications deal with the History of Child Psychiatry in Sweden and a study on the Foetal Identity, Infanticide, Abortion and the construction of the Modern Welfare system in Sweden and research on the history of children's rights/children's rights regimes. Bengt's office is Weatherly 102 and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lynn Struve spoke recently at the International Ming History Conference at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Pursuant the conference theme "Scaling the Ming," her topic was "How Sizable is the Unreal? Scaling Ming Dreams."
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