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Updates from Matthew Newsom Kerr, Michael Brillman, Matthew Specter, and Nancy Unger
Professor Matthew Newsom Kerr explaining some materials to the first meeting of History 123 this fall.

Professor Matthew Newsom Kerr’s summer research in the UK was partly funded through a Hackworth Grant through SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Professor Newsom Kerr visited archives in London, Gloucester, and Leicester to learn more about 19th-century pro-vaccination campaigns.  He also received a fellowship for future research at the Wellcome Trust Library in London and the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA through the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Bengal Tiger, Celtic Tiger
Michael Brillman's monograph Bengal Tiger, Celtic Tiger: Governing the Empire. Sir Antony MacDonnell, the Raj, and Irish Home Rule, published by Edward Everett Root, came out in July.
Bengal Tiger, Celtic Tiger: Governing the Empire. Sir Antony MacDonnell, the Raj, and Irish Home Rule, offers significant insights into the governance of the British Raj, and the development of Irish home rule. This biography of fin-de-siècle Ireland’s most distinguished Catholic civil servant, Sir Antony MacDonnell, contributes to Indian, Irish, and British imperial history. Michael also presented a course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute entitled "1968: A Momentous Year."

The Atlantic Realists book cover
Matthew Specter

Matthew Specter has been busy promoting his 2022 book The Atlantic Realists.

The Atlantic Realists was included in this Foreign Affairs review essay “In Praise of Lesser Evils: Can Realism Repair Foreign Policy?” Matthew Specter’s many presentations include a lecture at the Fundacíon Ramòn Areces in Madrid. Watch the video. Matthew published as well this article on the war in Dissent magazine's summer 2022 Foreign Policy issue: "Realism's Imperial Origins," and presented to Berkeley's Townsend Center for the Humanities and the Institute for International Studies. Watch the video. This semester he taught a short course on "Fascism in History" to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley that enrolled 130 students. He is looking forward to getting back to teaching at SCU in January!

Nancy Unger

Nancy C. Unger is featured in a six-minute “Office Hours” video produced by SCU as part of a YouTube series targeting audience of high school juniors and seniors.

Following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, Nancy’s “Made by History” post “The Supreme Court Letting States Mandate Morals Will End Badly,” was published in The Washington Post and widely syndicated.