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Dear Students, Student Families, Alumni, and Friends of History,

It has been a difficult fall this year for students, faculty, and staff alike as we have negotiated “back to school” at SCU in the time of COVID-19. From what I understand, most students and faculty are doing pretty well at navigating the challenges of online teaching and learning, but it hasn’t been easy. Zoom fatigue and wi-fi difficulties are among the more minor issues we have confronted… As the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States reach 240,000, it is worth keeping in mind that WWII resulted in the death of approximately 405,000 American military service members (according to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs). Meanwhile, our economy has suffered immensely, and millions of people are still unemployed due to the effects of COVID-19 on our daily lives. We are in uncharted territories, and politically, our country is profoundly divided. We have a lot of work to do to get through this crisis. Let’s work together! We can do this!

Sonia Gomez, History departmentOn a more positive note, I am thrilled to welcome our new tenure-stream Assistant Professor in Twentieth-Century U.S. History, Sonia Gomez. Sonia received her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2018. She is currently working on her monograph, A Gendered Diaspora: Intimacy and Empire in the Making of Japanese America, 1908-1952, which is under contract with New York University Press. Her teaching interests in comparative race relations, gender and sexuality, intimacy, and migration will contribute to the diversification of our U.S. course offerings in new and exciting ways.

I am also happy to report that Greg Wigmore, who has been teaching for us for a few years, has been hired as a renewable term lecturer. Greg is a specialist in U.S. and North American history in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis. He too is working on a monograph, The Limits of Empire: Allegiance, Opportunity, and Imperial Rivalry in the Canadian-American Borderland. Greg teaches many interesting courses at SCU and has already developed quite a student following.

Stay safe and take care,

Amy E. Randall, Department Chair

Student Activities

“Over the summer and into the fall, we in the SCU History Club have been working hard to create new events to fit the virtual format of the quarter. Like everyone, we have had to adjust to the complexities and challenges of virtual formats, but we have been able to hold regular meetings and events, and we will continue to. So far we have had a Jeopardy Night, and we recently held our second event of the year, a discussion on the History of Voting Rights. In the discussion, we had a good-sized group of people, who brought different and diverse perspectives on the issues relevant today and yesterday. This was a great learning experience for everyone involved, and we look forward to hosting similar events in the future. We plan on hosting a movie night and a game night over the next several weeks, and we hope to continue to offer a wide range of fun and interesting events, both now in this time of social distancing and upon our return to campus in the future.”

-Sean Chamberlain, History Club President


Faculty News
George Giacomini, History department

Professor Emeritus George Giacomini retired ten years ago. See what he has been up to since then.

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Meg Gudgeirsson, History department

Meg Gudgeirsson published a new article on racism in education.

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CAH Twin Pandemics Forum

Amy Randall co-organized the Twin Pandemics Form co-hosted by the Center for the Arts & Humanities and the Ignatian Center's Bannan Forum.

Nancy Unger, History department

"Unladylike2020: The Changemakers," in which Nancy Unger is featured, has become the most streamed video in the 34-year history of American Masters.

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Alumni Spotlights
Haley Butler '20, History department

Haley Butler '20 interned last summer with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

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Bart Howard '84, History department

Colonel (Ret) Bart Howard '84 reflects on his long career with the U.S. Army and how the study of history at SCU gave him perspective on the job.

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