The purpose of “Historians@Work” is to offer a sense of the kinds of journeys we historians undertake as scholars and teachers. In what will probably be the last blog post before classes begin again in August, I’m going to provide a small sampler of the stories that appears in the 2014-2015 department newsletter, which is now online and will be mailed to thousands of MU alums this week.
As always, many of our “journeys” were actually journeys! Since the last newsletter, MU historians have traveled conducted research or attended conferences all over the world, including Cuba, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, and Panama.
Several members of the department completed journeys from idea to print with the publication of books.
Kristen Foster’s efforts to help her students travel back in time through vivid lectures, meaningful discussions, and high standards earned her Marquette’s highest honor: the Award for Excellence in Teaching. She joined a dozen other members of the department to win the award over the last fifty years—more than any other department on campus.
Two colleagues—John Krugler and Tom Jablonsky—entered a new phase of their life journeys by retiring, while two new colleagues—Brian Rindfleisch and Jenn Finn—started the next phases of their professional journeys and two PhD students—Karalee Surface and Bethany Harding–finished their dissertations.
Finally, the faculty and students in the department traveled to video when we made a movie about the department’s people and programs—“History Matters.” It can be viewed on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH0jcgBXoc4.
It’s been a great year. Read more about it in the 2015 Newsletter at http://www.mu.edu/history/Newsletter-2015-coverpage.shtml. Enjoy your summers! Jim Marten, Chair, History Department