- Cynthia Bannon presented “SEASONAL DROUGHT ON ROMAN RIVERS: TRANSPORT V. IRRIGATION” at the Climate and Society in Ancient Worlds Conference, May 22-24, in Brussels, and “Tombs and Truck Gardens in the Roman Suburbium” at the conference on Water and Waterways Management in the Roman Empire in Edinburgh 17-18 July.
- In August, Maria Bucur’s Heroes and Victims (2009) was published in Romanian as Eroi şi
victime. Memoria războiului în România secoluluiXX. Iaşi: Polirom, 2019. Her essay “How banning abortion will transform America,” with Kristen R. Ghodsee, Project Syndicate, May 15, 2019, https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/alabama-georgia-abortion-laws-like-communist-romania-by-maria-bucur-and-kristen-r-ghodsee-2019-05, remained the number one trending piece for three weeks and appeared in translation in various newspapers and other publications in French, Spanish, English, and Romanian. In June she presented “Nationalism and Feminism in Interwar Romania: Alexandrina Cantacuzino and the Little Entente,” at the Council for European Studies Conference, Madrid, and “Sexual Violence as Humanitarian Global Crisis,” at the conference Integrating Gender in the History of Humanitarian aid: Europe (20th–21st century), Angers. In August she gave the talk, “Women Fighters: A Brief Historical Overview,” at the opening of an exhibit sponsored by the Indiana Humanities Council in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
- History’s former
PhDstudent Constanze Kolbe has won the John O. Iatrides Dissertation Prize for 2019 for her dissertation Crossing Regions, Nations, Empires. The Jews of Corfu and the Making of a Jewish Adriatic, 1850-1914. The dissertation was submitted at Indiana University in 2017 and the doctoral committee was composed of Dr. Matthias B Lehmann and Dr. Mirjam Zadoff (co-chairs), Roberta Pergher, Mark Roseman, and Kaya Sahin. The prize citation notes that: “Dr. Kolbe examines the way Corfiote Jews created a transnational network in the Adriatic, focusing on Jewish publishing and mercantile networks that spread not only throughout the Mediterranean but also in Eastern Europe. Her work also examines the use of philanthropy by Jewish merchants to retain close ties to their island of origin. Dr. Kolbe’s work shows how such transnational networks could emerge bringing together Rabbis, publishers and merchants, creating ties between Jews, Orthodox and Catholic Christians, Corfiotes, Austrians, and Italians, and at the same time forging a distinct Jewish space. It also shows such networks collapsed especially after the 1891 Blood Libel riots in Corfu when thousands of Jews migrated to other parts of the Adriatic and beyond. The dissertation challenges established notions of national categories, is thoroughly researched incorporating an impressive number of archives from Greece, Italy, Albania, France, and the United Kingdom, and is a significant addition to a developing body of work on the Mediterranean and transnational networks as well as to Greek and Jewish history. The John O. Iatrides Dissertation Prize Committee was composed of Dr. Evdoxios Doxiadis (chair), Dr. Harry Karahalios, and Dr. Kostis Karpozilos and the decision to award the prize to Dr. Kolbe was unanimous. The award ceremony will take place at the Modern Greek Studies Association Symposium in Sacramento on the evening of 7 November 2019 (https://mgsasymposium.org/sch.html).” Constanze Kolbe is the second IU graduate to win the prize, after Alex Tipei.
- Mark Roseman gave the lecture “Teaching and Scholarship on the Holocaust in the United States” at an event organized by the Leo Baeck Institute New York/Berlin. The event was part of the Deutschlandjahr in
Indianapolis,and held at the Atheneum, Indianapolis.
- Graduate student Stepan Serdiukov contributed an article titled "Contests over the Carceral Landscape: Space, Place, and Artifacts at the Manzanar National Historic Site" to the recently published edited collection Dark Tourism in the American West, edited by Jennifer Dawes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
- On August 19, Carl Weinberg published “A Spirit of Rebellion”: The Real Politics of Young-Earth Creationism” on the Righting America blog. His book manuscript, Red Dynamite: Creationism and Anticommunism in Modern America, is under review at Cornell University Press for its series on Religion and American Public Life.