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Professor Roberts wins Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Kyle Roberts on winning the 2015 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize with his forthcoming book.

Lauren O'Brien named 2015-16 ACE Mentor

Congratulations to Master's student Lauren O'Brien on being named a 2015-2016 Achieving College Excellence (ACE) Master's Mentor. Loyola's ACE program (a federal TRIO program) is designed to support the college success of first generation and low-income undergraduate students, and students with documented disabilities.

Blogger receives Provost Fellowship

Sarah Deas’s blog, “The Invisible Faces,” helped her win the History Department’s Undergraduate Blogging/Vlogging Contest—and earn a Provost Fellowship.

Two History Ph.D. Candidates Awarded King V. Hostick Scholarship

Congratulations to Rachel Boyle and Christopher Ramsey, who were recently awarded a King V. Hostick Scholarship. The Hostick Award provides financial assistance to graduate students writing dissertations on Illinois history.

School of Social Work Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Publication from Recent History Graduate

Charles Heinrich (MA, 2015) recently published a history of the School of Social Work for its 100 Anniversary, titled, "Service, Sacrifice, Scholarship: 100 Years of Preparing Social Work Leaders".

Anthony Di Lorenzo Awarded Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship

Loyola History Ph.D. candidate, Anthony Di Lorenzo, was recently awarded a one-year Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship in New York.

Professor Berger Explores Early Women Activists for Pan Americanism

How did women and ordinary citizens shape US foreign policy in Latin America? Dina Berger, a Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, will explore this question in her new book project “Before the Good Neighbor: Pan American Friendship in the Twentieth Century.”

Congratulations to Four Graduated History Ph.D.s

Congratulations to Dan O'Gorman, Steve Catania, Devin Hunter, and Dan Ott, Loyola's latest class of History PhDs at graduation on May 5th!

Megan Meagher Receives the Paul S. Lietz Award

Senior History major Megan Meagher receives the 2015 Paul S. Lietz Award

History Undergraduates Awarded Provost Fellowships

History undergraduates Sarah Deas, Lauren Rogers, Katherine Will, and Melanie Zagorski were recently awarded Provost Fellowships by Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP). This is “the largest, most flexible, and most diverse fellowship” offered by LUROP. The Provost Fellows will conduct research projects under the guidance of a faculty member and will present their research projects in either an oral presentation or poster presentation at next spring’s research symposium.

Elliott Gorn to Speak at Chicago History Museum's May Urban History Seminar

Dr. Elliott Gorn will deliver a talk on "Emmett Till, Chicago, and Mississippi" at the Chicago History Museum's Urban History Seminar on May 7.

Undergraduate Blogging/Vlogging Contest Winners Selected

Sarah Deas and James Naughton were selected as the winners of the 2014-2015 Undergraduate Blogging/Vlogging Contest

Undergraduate Essay Contest Winners Selected

Joseph Filer, James Naughton, and Shannon Koelsch are selected as the winners of the 2015 Undergraduate Essay Contest.

Professor Bucholz Named Faculty Member of the Year

Professor and Chair of the History Department Bob Bucholz has been named Faculty Member of the Year by the Student Government of Loyola Chicago and the Maroon and Gold Society.

Walter Gray, Former Department Chair, Passed on April 18

Walter Gray, PhD, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of History passed on the morning of April 18 after a long illness.

Richard Pryor Biographer to Speak at Loyola

Scott Saul, the author of Becoming Richard Pryor, will give a public lecture on the comedian entitled "Living with Richard Pryor: A Biographer's Tale" on Friday, April 24 at 3 PM.  

History Students Present at the Weekend of Excellence

On Saturday, April 18, the research of eleven history undergraduate and five graduate students will be featured in posters and presentations at the Weekend of Excellence, a research and engagement symposium.

Timothy Gilfoyle on "The Changing Forms of History"

Should history be a book discipline? What constitutes "acceptable scholarship" in history? Professor Timothy Gilfoyle considers the rich and diverse forms that historical scholarship take from books, digital media, and public history projects in his article "The Changing Forms of History" in April's edition of Perspectives on History, the AHA newsmagazine.  

History Students to Present at Student Forum on Eastern Europe

On April 8, five history majors and minors will present their research on Eastern Europe at the Polish Studies Program's Seventh Annual Forum for Undergraduate Students.

Samantha Smith Receives Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Smith, a dual degree graduate student in Public History and Library and Information Sciences, was named the recipient of the Midwestern Archives Conference's Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship.

Devin Hunter Accepts Faculty Position at University of Illinois Springfield

The Department of History congratulates Devin Hunter on his acceptance of a tenure-track faculty position in the History Department of the University of Illinois Springfield. Devin will complete Loyola’s Joint Ph.D. Program in American and Public History, and defend his dissertation on April 23. His dissertation research is titled “Growing Diversity: Urban Renewal, Community Activism, and the Politics of Cultural Diversity in Postwar Uptown Chicago.″ Devin’s new role at UIS will begin this fall, as an assistant professor of American and Public History.

Announcing the 2015-16 Ramonat Seminar

The History Department is very pleased to offer the inaugural Ramonat Seminar in American Catholic History and Culture for the 2015-16 academic year. The Ramonat Seminar is an interdisciplinary, two-semester course that provides Loyola undergraduates with the unique opportunity to explore changing topics within American Catholic history, literature, and culture through hands-on research.

Michelle Nickerson to Speak at OAH Luncheon

Next month, Dr. Michelle Nickerson will deliver the talk "Burn Draft Cards Not Cities: Catholic Leftist Politics of the Vietnam Era" at the Urban History Association Luncheon at the Organization of American Historians meeting in St. Louis.

History Faculty Honored for Teaching and Research

Professor Steven Schloesser, S.J. will receive the Sujack Award for Excellence in Faculty Research and Professor Suzanne Kaufman will be named a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences at an awards ceremony on April 21 at Loyola. In Springfield on April 25, Professors Ted Karamanski and Eileen McMahon (Ph.D. Loyola, 1989) will be award the Russell P. Strange Book of the Year Award.

Steven Catania awarded Dissertation of the Year in the Humanities

Doctoral Candidate Steven Catania was awarded the Dissertation of the Year in the Humanities by the Graduate School.

Professor Hajdarpasic's New 500-Level Seminar on Nationalism Available for Fall 2015

History Graduate Students: Interested in the history of Nationalism and National Identity? Sign up for Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic's new course: History 533-Nationalism and National Identity. Fall 2015 Registration begins April 9th!

Amber Bailey named a 2015 Preservation Action Foundation Scholar

Public History Master's student Amber Bailey was named a 2015 Preservation Action Foundation Scholar and traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby members of Congress on historic preservation policy issues as a part of this month's National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week.

Undergraduate History alumnus publishes article in The Atlantic

Michael Conway '14 publishes "The Problem with History Classes" and makes the case for including historiography in high school history curriculum.

Michelle Nickerson featured in New Books in History podcast

Dr. Michelle Nickerson's Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right is featured in the latest New Books in History podcast.

Dr. Miller to join the department and Dr. Hajdarpasic awarded tenure.

The arrival of Spring brings exciting news for the department faculty as Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic is awarded tenure and Dr. Tanya Miller will join the department next year.

Loyola to Host Conference on Women and Vatican II

In Fall of 2015 Loyola University Chicago will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II with a public symposium. Please join us in what promises to be a lively exploration of the Council's history and impact on women by proposing a paper, panel, or roundtable!

Students Piece Loyola History Together, One Book at a Time

Loyola Seniors Evan Thompson and Zac Davis piece together important discoveries about the history and significance of the Loyola and Jesuit communities.

Loyola History Alumna Chosen to Lead MacArthur Foundation

Loyola Undergraduate Julia Stasch (BA, History) has been chosen as the next President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Elizabeth Shermer on right-to-work proposals in the Midwest

Right-to-work or "right-to-starve?" Loyola History Professor Elizabeth Tandy Shermer investigates the history behind recent and hotly disputed right-to-work proposals in the Midwest.

Public History Alumna Promoted to Director of Education at the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Kelley Szany has been named Director of Education at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Kelley joined the Museum’s staff in 2001 and will now oversee all of the Museum’s education and public programming initiatives.

Dean of Libraries Named 2015 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

The Association of College and Research Libraries recognizes the outstanding achievements of Dean of University Libraries, Robert A. Seal, and names him Librarian of the Year.

Check out the Feminist Forum Records at the Women and Leadership Archives!

The Feminist Forum is a student organization at Loyola University Chicago which seeks to provide students with a supportive, safe, and open environment to discuss feminist issues. Founded in 1995 through the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Program, the first meeting was held on September 19, 1995 on the Lakeshore campus.

Student Spotlight: Pamela Johnson

Meet Pamela Johnson, a Masters student in European History, who specializes in French history and has interests in micro-history, women & gender, race relations, and urban studies. After reading about Pam in the Lakefront Historian's Student Spotlight, find out how you can apply to graduate programs and be a part of the History Department's brilliant and supportive student body.

Charles Heinrich Publishes Book on Madonna della Strada Chapel

Masters student Charles Heinrich writes a history of the Madonna della Strada Chapel in connection with the recent Crossings and Dwellings exhibit.

Public History Project Commemorates Ellacuría & Salvadoran Martyrs

The History Department of Loyola University Chicago commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador through the launch of the public history project, The Ellacuría Tapes: A Martyr at Loyola. We applaud the vision for and management of this project by the department’s Professor Dina Berger, and her collaborative work with PhD Candidate Katie Macica and undergraduate student Albert Salatka, among many others from other departments within the university.

Professor Patricia Mooney-Melvin Profiled in AHA Member Spotlight

Learn more about why Professor Mooney-Melvin first developed an interest in History and the book she is currently writing.  

New Members Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta

On November 3, twelve students were inducted into Loyola's Chi Mu chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society.

History Professor Johnson's Book Among Writer's Top 10 Books on Texas

John Phillip Santos listed Professor Ben Johnson's Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans as one of ten books every Texan should read in a recent article for Texas Monthly. Dr. Johnson answers a few questions about Revolution in Texas and his current book project.

Graduate Students Nominate Chrysler Village to the National Register

Students in Dr. Karamanski's Management of Historical Resources class experienced the process of historic preservation firsthand when they set out to nominate the Chrysler Village Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Next stop: doctorate!

The end of the spring semester means saying good-bye to a wonderful cohort of students in our Master’s programs. As they leave the History Department at Loyola, they head off to the next exciting step in their lives’ journeys.

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