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Greetings from the Department Chair, Nancy Unger 

As we head into the Holiday Season, we wanted to bring you up to date on exciting History Department news! First of all, we are delighted to report that a larger-number-than-usual of first year students came in as history majors, and several students have already declared the major this fall quarter.

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New to the Crew!
Bailey Fairbanks  

Bailey Fairbanks

Student assistant Bailey Fairbanks joins Carole Wentz in the department office. Welcome Bailey!

Student Spotlight
Katherine Porter & Nancy Unger  

McPhee Prize

The McPhee Prize is an annual award, established in 2007 through the generosity of Lulu and John McPhee, given to the student who authored the most outstanding paper in a senior seminar. Katherine Porter’s prize-winning paper was “Press Coverage of Internal Divisions over Reform Judaism, 1905-1920: A Classic Tale of the American Progressive Movement.”

Photo: Katherine Porter, co-winner of this year’s McPhee Prize, stands with Professor Nancy Unger, who supervised the paper.

Neil Datar & Naomi Andrews  

This year’s McPhee Prize co-winner was Neil Datar for his paper “The Legacy of Imperialism on Gender Law in India.”

Photo: Neil Datar with Professor Naomi Andrews, who supervised his prize-winning paper.

Hector Navarro & Naomi Andrews  

Mehl Prize

This prize, established in 1993 by the History Department in memory of friend and benefactor Frederick Mehl, is given to the student who writes the best senior thesis. Hector Navarro won for his paper “Creating Masculinity and Homophobia: Oppression and Backlash Under Mexico’s Porfiriato.”

Photo: Hector Navarro with Professor Andrews.

Michelle Runyon & Nancy Unger  

Redwood Prize

The Redwood Prize, established in 1908 by the executive committee of The Redwood, is given to the student who writes the best essay on an historical subject. This year’s winner was Michelle Runyon for her paper "‘Gives to Bigotry No Sanction': The Dangers of Continued Misinterpretation of Washington’s Letter to the Jews of Newport."

Photo: Michelle Runyon with Professor Nancy Unger.

Emma Chen with Nancy Unger  

Giacomini Prize

Be sure to read about our new Giacomini Prize in the Alumni News section of this newsletter.

Photo: Inaugural Giacomini Prize winner Emma Chen with Professor Nancy Unger.

Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Club  

Students Initiated into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society

A bumper crop of students were initiated into our Phi Alpha Theta chapter.

2017 Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Club  

SCU Students Dominate at Regional History Honor Society Conference

Photo: Professor Harry Odamtten, advisor to SCU's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, with student presenters Emma Chen, Victoria Juarez, Michelle Runyon, and Hector Havarro. More.

2016-17 Historical Perspectives fac/students  

Student Journal Wins National Recognition AGAIN

2016 Historical PerspectivesOur multi-prize winning student journal Historical Perspectives did it again, taking Third Prize in the 2017 Gerald D. Nash History Journal Awards.

Photo: Student editors Hector Navarro and Laura Perez stand with our journal’s faculty advisors Amy Randall and Naomi Andrews.

2017 History Dept Student Club  

A Reinvigorated History Club

Under the leadership of Professors Greg Wigmore and Meg Gudgeirsson, our History Club has enthusiastic new student leadership, and attendance at events is up!

Photo: Pizza with Profs.

Alumni News
Tom Bender, Emma Chen, George Giacomini  

Alumnus Honors Influential Professor by Endowing a Student Prize

NYU Professor Thomas Bender ('66) stands with Emma Chen, winner of the inaugural Giacomini Prize. Professor Emeritus George Giacomini ('56) stands at the right.

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Alumni Spotlight
Thomas Bender, Class of 1966  

Thomas Bender, Class of 1966

Tom Bender recently retired after an illustrious career as a professor of history at New York University.

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Faculty Updates
Amy Randall  

Read what some of your favorite faculty have been up to.

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