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May 1, 2014

From May 26 to June 1, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague will host Jews and Gentiles in East Central Europe in the 20th Century, a conference bringing together young academics and graduate students from four continents to discuss Jewish-Gentile relations.

John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History Omer Bartov will serve as the keynote speaker, delivering a talk titled "The Voice of Your Brother's Blood: The Holocaust as Communal Genocide." Giving a glimpse into Bartov's forthcoming book about the town of Buczacz in eastern Galicia, the talk will examine how this community of coexistence between Jews and Gentiles transformed into a community of genocide during German occupation in WWII.

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April 30, 2014

So many History faculty have been honored over the past few weeks that it warrants a roundup that collects them all in one place! 

John Bodel was awarded an ACLS Fellowship for 2015 to write a book on the Roman funeral at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton next spring. In late May and June of this year he will also serve as Visiting Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics of the University of Queensland (Australia).

Along with a French collaborator, Michèle Brunet, Professor of Greek at the University of Lyon, Bodel has been awarded a 3-year grant by the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Partner University Fund (PUF) for their collaborative project, “Visible Words: Research and Training in Digital Contextual Epigraphy,” which they will pursue in 2014-2016 through a series of student and faculty exchanges and coordinated graduate seminars aimed at creating new metadata tools and contributing generally to the growing field of spatial digital humanities.

Lin Fisher has won the Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship for 2014-2015. This is the second year in a row that a History Department member has earned this prestigious internal award.

Caroline Frank and Evelyn Hu-Dehart have won a Seed Award for their project “Asia-Pacific in the Making of the America: Resources for Study.” This is a project to put the primary documents (and some secondary studies) that have resulted from a multi-year series of conferences and workshops on connections between Asia and the Americas at Brown online, to make them available to scholars interested in continuing study of Asia-America historical crossings.

Francoise Hamlin won the 2014 William G. McLoughlin Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences.

Joan Richards has won the Karen T. Romer Award for Excellence in Advising—a well-deserved tribute to Joan’s dedication to our students and our undergraduate program.

April 29, 2014

Associate Professor Michael Vorenberg was one of a number of Brown History faculty and graduate students who presented at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Atlanta. He was part of a panel on "Elections during Wartime," focusing on the re-election of Abraham Lincoln in 1864.

On May 2, Vorenberg will be part of an all-day symposium in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Capitol Historical Society, on the end of the Civil War.

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April 24, 2014

PhD candidate Liz Searcy has received a Mellon/ACLS dissertation completion fellowship for the 2014-2015 school year. The fellowship supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing.

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