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

This winter has continued to be difficult with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging. As we approach the grim statistic of 500,000 deaths in the United States, the reality of these deaths for families and friends has been even grimmer. My hearts go out to those of you who have lost loved ones. As you know, vaccines have begun to be distributed. This is no magic solution to the many terrible consequences of the pandemic, but it brings me a little bit of hope, and perhaps it does for you too.

In this newsletter, I want to express my admiration, first for our history majors and minors and SCU students more broadly. It hasn’t been easy to stay focused in Zoom classes or deal with the technological challenges of online learning, and yet my colleagues and I marvel at how engaged and disciplined most of our students have been. We also realize that some students have encountered serious mental health, economic, or other problems, and we have been trying to be as supportive as possible. For any students reading this newsletter, my message is: Bravo to you! And if you are struggling, please reach out to us. We are here for you.

This leads to my second source of admiration, my colleagues and fellow professors. It is an understatement to say that they have been working tirelessly to create interesting Zoom classes and synchronous and asynchronous learning activities and assignments. Teaching in our current environment involves significant additional work, including mastering new technologies. Much of this work goes unacknowledged, but it is not unseen by me or many others. Thanks to all of them for their amazing efforts!

I am happy to announce that in the next couple of weeks, there are two history-related speaking events.

Our very own faculty member, Sonia Gomez, will be participating in an upcoming panel discussion sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, “The Urgency of Now: Perspectives from the Humanities on the Capitol Riots.” She will be joining Dan Turkeltaub (Classics), and Juan Velasco (English), to discuss the January 6 Capitol riots through the lens of the Humanities. This discussion will be moderated by me. Register for this event here.

The second event is a guest lecture hosted by the Department of History. Matthew Specter, Ph.D. (Duke) will be speaking on "'America First': History and Politics of a Slogan, 1880 to the Present," on February 22 at 5 pm. Specter is a historian of modern Europe specializing in European intellectual history and 20th century Germany. His first book, Habermas: An Intellectual Biography, traced the evolution of postwar Germany's leading social philosopher. A former Associate Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, he is currently a Lecturer in Global Studies, Political Economy, History, and Legal Studies at UC Berkeley. Since 2014, he has been Associate Editor of the international journal, History and Theory. To attend via Zoom, go here.

Best wishes to all of you,

Amy E. Randall, Professor and Department Chair, and Associate Director for the Center for the Arts and Humanities

Student Activities

Historical Perspectives wins award again!

The 2019 edition of Historical Perspectives took second prize in the Phi Alpha Theta Nash Journal contest for 2020. This marks the third consecutive year that Historical Perspectives has taken second prize. Congratulations to the student editors Haley Butler and Maggie Oys for their excellent work.


The newest volume of Historical Perspectives has been published.

A new section has been added to this year’s volume: Reviews. It features three short pieces that focus on the Theatre and Dance Department’s spring production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, as well as a review of the episode, “Red Chicago,” from the PBS series, “The Future of America’s Past.”

Brandon Schultz and Tegan Smith, the student co-editors of this volume, eloquently explain how this year’s essays are linked in their introduction.


Faculty News
Michael Brillman

Michael Brillman's edited collection, Colonial Voices, will have a forthcoming fourth printing from Cognella Press.

Sonia Gomez (History Department)

Sonia Gomez published "'Yankee, Why Does a Big Man like You Fear My Baby?': The Politics of the Anti-Japanese Movement, 1908-1924."

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Paul Mariani, History professor

Paul Mariani, S.J.'s book, People, Communities, and the Catholic Church in China, is now available in paperback. He was interviewed by the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Christianity in Asia.

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Barbara Molony

Barbara Molony's research was published in Engendering Transnational Transgressions: from the Intimate to the Global, which she co-edited.

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Amy Randall (History Department)

Amy Randall's article "Soviet and Russian Masculinities: Rethinking Soviet Fatherhood after Stalin and Renewing Virility in the Russian Nation Under Putin" was published in the prestigious Journal of Modern History.

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Matthew Newsome Kerr

Matthew Newsom Kerr has two new publications, "Licenses to Ill: Health Passes and Surveillance" and "Wearable Immunity: Beauty Lessons from the Pockmarcking Era."

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Harry Odamtten (History department)

Harry Nii Koney Odamtten talks about his book, Edward Blyden's Intellectual Transformations: Afropublicanism, Pan-Africanism, Islam, and the Indigenous West African Church.

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Nancy Unger, History Department

Nancy Unger's "The LGBTQ+ community: an underappreciated resource in environmental awareness and protection was posted in the historical magazine of the Institute of Historical Research. And she has begun a two-year term as president of SHGAPE.

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Alumni Spotlights

Madison Givens '18 is attending the Master's Program in Women's Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University in Chicago! Madison applied to two graduate programs (University of Louisville, in addition to Loyola Chicago), and was accepted at both.

Jackson Stotlar '11

Jackson Stotlar '11 reflects on the value of a History major.

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