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Why study history? The answer is because we virtually must, to gain access to the laboratory of human experience. When we study it reasonably well, and so acquire some usable habits of mind, as well as some basic data about the forces that affect our own lives, we emerge with relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness.—Peter Stearns

History faculty and students continue to foster scholarly connections at home and abroad. Dr. Siobhan Carter-David and her colleague at the New School in New Haven hosted a Hip-Hop conference in July 2014 and again, with the support of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, are working to have their Hip-Hop conference as part of the New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas (June 2016). Dr. Richard Gerber presented on the American Revolution at an Alumni Event in Boston. Dr. Steve Judd gave two community talks including, “Syria, Iraq, ISIS: Making Sense of a Shattering Map.” In May, Dr. Thomas Radice spoke on “The Significance of the Han Dynasty” at the Opening Ceremony for The Han Dynasty Stone Rubbings Exhibit at the Mark Twain House. Dr. Troy Paddock was invited to give a public lecture at the Weston Historical Society and was a panelist for a Forum commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Graduating seniors, Lauren Erickson and Patrick Cumpstone shared the distinction of having the most outstanding Honors Theses in the School of Arts & Sciences. They, along with Thomas Bruno and Alexis Duncan, presented at SCSU’s first Undergraduate Research Day. Four majors presented their research at “Making History: A CSU Conference.” Patrick Cumpstone received a book contract from Picton Press for his work on the Connecticut Witch Trials. Lauren Ericson was accepted (with funding) to Georgia State University’s program in public history, and Patrick Cumpstone was accepted to Trinity College’s American Studies program.

Dr. Troy Paddock, working with the Director of the Office of International Education (Dr. Erin Heidkamp) and departmental scholarly connections, established exchange opportunities for SCSU students. Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and University of Patras (Greece), and negotiations with the School of Humanities, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) are on-going.

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Recent Departmental and Faculty Successes

Dr. Steve Amerman co-edited the third edition of Major Problems in American Indian History for Cengage Learning.

Dr. Polly Beals presented at Johns Hopkins University, “Disco Dancing with Judy: Sex Wars in the 1880s and 1980s,” History Vexed and Sexed: A Symposium in Honor of Judith R. Walkowitz.

Dr. Siobhan Carter-David was invited to contribute to the exhibition catalog for Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She contributed a chapter to the edited collection, Race and Retail: Consumer Culture, Economic Citizenship and Power. Among her many presentations are those at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association and the Association for the Study of African-American Life.

Dr. Nikos Chrissidis contributed his essay on “The World of Orthodoxy” for The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History. In Athens, Greece, he presented “Redbeard, Baba & Co: Parody and Piracy in Asterix,” at the conference, Corsairs & Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dr. Richard Gerber presented “Emergence of the American Revolution” at SCSU Alumni Association Event in Boston, Massachusetts and recently completed a work,  Welcoming Ruin: The Civil Rights Act of 1875 (LSU Press) with Dr. Alan Friedlander, professor emeritus in history at SCSU.

Dr. Steven Judd published his work, “The Jurisdictional Limits of Qāḍī Courts during the Umayyad Period” in Bulletin d’etudes orientales and has a chapter forthcoming in Brill’s Accusations of unbelief in Islam. Among his several presentations,he attended the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England to present on Umayyad influence on Islamic legal development.

Dr. Marie McDaniel presented, “Social Networks in Colonial Philadelphia: Using GIS to Map Religious Ties onto Geographic Space,” at the meeting for Church Historians at the American Historical Association. In December, she attended and talked about “Protest and Protestation” in Colonial America at the European Early American Studies Association. She capped off the year with the Board of Regents Outstanding Teacher Award and Outstanding Academic Advisor Award,

Dr. Virginia Metaxas wrote on working with archival sources for Drexel University’s College of Medicine Archives and presented on American Women’s Hospitals and Modern Nursing in Greece, 1914-1935 at the History of Medicine’s annual meeting in New Haven.

Dr. Troy Paddock, chair of the department, published several articles including “Building within space: Thoughts towards an Environmental Ethics” for Ethics in Progress and “Performing Politics” for Contemporary Aesthetics. He presented at several conferences including venues in Delft, The Netherlands and King’s College in London. He is the 2015 recipient of the Faculty Scholar Award for his work, Creating the Russian Peril: Education, the Public Sphere and National Identity in Imperial Germany, 1890-1914.

Dr. Christine Petto published her second monograph, Mapping and Charting in early modern England and France: Powers, Patronage, and Production and continued to present her research on early modern mapping with conference papers on “Dutch polders and the English Fens” and “The Pirate’s Gaze: Eighteenth-century English and French Chart Making of the Mediterranean Sea.”

Dr. Tom Radice’s article “Method Mourning: Xunzi on Ritual Performance” is forthcoming in Philosophy East & West Journal. He has also contributed an essay on “Confucius and Filial Piety” for A Companion to Confucius, forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Dr. C. Michele Thompson published her monograph, Vietnamese Traditional Medicine: a Social History. Among her numerous presentations are her work on the Saola for the American Society for Environmental History and “The Travels and Travails of Tuệ Tĩnh” for the International Society for History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine held in Paris, France.